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Wildcrafted Vinegars : Making and Using Unique Acetic Acid Ferments for Quick Pickles, Hot Sauces, Soups, Salad Dressings, Pastes, Mustards, and More - Pascal Baudar

Wildcrafted Vinegars

Making and Using Unique Acetic Acid Ferments for Quick Pickles, Hot Sauces, Soups, Salad Dressings, Pastes, Mustards, and More

By: Pascal Baudar

Paperback | 26 September 2022

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'Pascal Baudar is a culinary visionary.' Sandor Ellix Katz, author of New York Times bestseller The Art of Fermentation

Award-winning author and forager Pascal Baudar uncovers incredible flavours and inspiring recipes to create unique, delicious vinegars. Wildcrafted Vinegars includes more than 100 simple recipes for quick vinegars, pickles, soups, sauces, salad dressings, beverages, desserts, jams and more!

In his latest book, Wildcrafted Vinegars, pioneering food expert Pascal Baudar continues his exploration into wild gastronomy, turning his attention this time to the unique world of vinegars. After covering yeast fermentation in The Wildcrafting Brewer and lactic acid fermentation in Wildcrafted Fermentation, Baudar completes his wild fermentation trilogy by tackling acetic acid ferments and the wide array of dishes you can create with them. Baudar delves deep into the natural world for wild-gathered flavors: herbs, fruits, berries, roots, mushrooms - even wood, bark and leaves - that play a vital part in infusing distinctive gourmet-quality vinegars.

Wildcrafted Vinegars is packed with more than 100 recipes including:

  • Pine, fir, and spruce-infused vinegar
  • Smoked mushroom and seaweed vinegar
  • Blueberry-mugwort vinegar
  • Wilder curry vinaigrette
  • Wasabi ginger vinegar sauce
  • Pickled walnuts
  • And many more

Once you've mastered the basics for making and aging vinegars at home, you'll be inspired to experiment on your own, finding local plants that express the unique landscape and terroir of where you live. Or you might decide to forage for ingredients in your own garden or at a local farmers market instead. Either way, Pascal Baudar will be your guide to creating safe, responsible and delicious vinegars and ferments.

Industry Reviews

"Pascal Baudar has long served as an inspiration to me as both a forager and a fermenter. With Wildcrafted Vinegars, he once again delivers on the promise of bringing the outdoors inside. On its surface, this book is a fantastic guide to crafting a whole pantry's worth of staple vinegars and condiments to ameliorate your cooking, but at its core, it's a practical call to action through recipes that turn you into an agent of ecological remediation, wherever you might live. A must-have for any avid fermenter!"

-David Zilber, chef and food scientist; coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Noma Guide to Fermentation


"Wildcrafted Vinegars is another outstanding fermentation guide from Pascal Baudar. With wonderful clarity and a variety of flexible approaches, Pascal simultaneously demystifies the vinegar-making process and inspires the imagination with its infinite possibilities."

-Sandor Ellix Katz, fermentation revivalist, author of The Art of Fermentation


"Pascal Baudar continues to lead his readers down a path that connects them to their landscapes, whether urban or wild, through culinary exploration-this time through the power of sour. Wildcrafted Vinegars is a visually striking invitation to explore flavorful condiments, preserves, and quick pickles from unexpected and often overlooked seeds and 'weeds.'"

-Kirsten K. Shockey, author of Homebrewed Vinegar, Fermented Vegetables, and other fermentation titles


"From apple scraps to mugwort to bountiful berries, Baudar brings vinegar-making past the boundaries of our ordinary home pantries and out into the great wide open. Anything is a possible flavoring here, be it roots, herbs, or stems. As with his other books, Baudar once again enlightens us to the fact that flavor is found from the forest floor to the tips of the trees, and even takes inspiration from humdrum supermarket shelves to make vinegars that shine."

-Michael Harlan Turkell, award-winning food photographer, author of Acid Trip: Travels in the World of Vinegar


"Baudar's approaches to vinegar making are serious and whimsical at the same time. A true pioneer in the world of fermentation, he is pushing the boundaries on our future food production, while illuminating the past and the very origins of one of the most important products in human history. The wealth of ideas and information contained in Wildcrafted Vinegars cannot be overstated, and this book has a place in every kitchen."

-Harry Rosenblum, author of Vinegar Revival


"Pascal Baudar has once again tapped into the spirit of the forest and open spaces in this paean to all things pungent. A love letter to Acetobacter in the wild, it will have you thinking about vinegar in a whole new light-not only as essential in the kitchen but really quite easy to make yourself, too."

-Ken Albala, professor of history, University of the Pacific


"Baudar, with his playful spirit of adventure, brings us on yet another creative quest that appeals to both the chef and forager in all of us. A few pages could serve as the most practical guide to vinegar production (including the use of fruit flies to initiate a wild fermentation!), but the remaining pages serve as an invaluable compendium of wild food flavors and recipes. This book will be a fixture on my kitchen bookshelf where rainy-day culinary projects begin."

-Evan Mallett, chef/owner, Black Trumpet Bistro; author of Black Trumpet


"Pascal Baudar, long-time wild food forager extraordinaire and vinegar savant, has created a book that will revolutionize the vinegar world. Wildcrafted Vinegars is an acetic A-Z of fermentation advice and lore, beautifully illustrated with his helpful photographs, to guide you to new levels of culinary experimentation. As a fellow vinegar maker and lover, it left me totally in awe of his expertise and passion . . ."

-Andy Harris, CVO (chief vinegar officer), Vinegar Shed


"Wildcrafted Vinegars is sure to appeal to adventurous cooks and the increasing legion of those expanding their plant-based and foraging menus. Baudar, a self-described 'culinary alchemist,' incorporates fun and knowledge in equal parts in his delightful, educational resource."

-Foreword Reviews


"[Wildcrafted Vinegars] celebrates the versatility of this all-important-but often overlooked-acid in the kitchen."

-Plate Magazine

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