Cookbooks: Fiery Ferments

When it comes to cultured pickles and preserved, Fermented Vegetables by Kristen and Christopher Shockey is one of my most-referenced cookbooks. I take a peek at it any time I want guidance on how to put together a new-to-me a batch of fermented veg, and my beloved fermented dilly bean recipe is simply a scaled down version of theirs.

Their second book, called Fiery Ferments, was released a couple weeks ago and it is just as good and useful as their first volume. It opens with an introduction to basic vegetable fermentation and includes a really useful discussion of the many airlocks and fermentation accessories that are out there (as well as advice on how to ferment without investing in any gear beyond a jar and a ziptop bag).

From there, the book shifts to explaining the skills necessary to make the recipes in the book. You get step-by-step guide to building a basic pepper mash, brine-based sauces and pickles, pastes and mustards, and kimchis, relishes, and salads. For those of you looking to build your confidence in these techniques, this part of the book is worth the price of admission alone.

Then, because Fiery Ferments is focused on building pickles, sauces, and condiments that walk on the spicy side, you’ll find an in-depth section on the ingredients that bring the heat. Ginger, galangal, and turmeric get equal billing with peppercorns and chiles.

Then we get to the recipes. They are small batch (smaller than the recipes in Fermented Vegetables, which I appreciate), varied in flavor and construction, and are illustrated with glorious, appealing pictures. Best of all, in addition to lots of ferments, they also included a handful of recipes designed to help you make good use of the things you’ve made (those fermented jalapeno poppers above look darn tasty).

Thanks to the folks at Storey, I have a copy of this book to give away. Follow the instructions below to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me about your fermented food to eat, drink, or share.
  2. Comments will close at 12 noon eastern time on Sunday, June 19, 2017. A winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog later that day.
  3. Giveaway open to US residents only. Void where prohibited.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: Storey sent me sent me a review copy of this book and is providing the giveaway unit, both at no cost to me. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. 

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84 Responses to Cookbooks: Fiery Ferments

  1. 1
    Ted S. says:

    I am a novice at fermented foods—I have only made sauerkraut, but I would love to learn more. THanks for the chance to win.

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    ChristyMN says:

    I’ve made sauerkraut for several years and recently expanded to kimchi. Would love to learn more and expand my horizons, particularly to hot sauces

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    Cindy T. says:

    My first ferment was carrots which were delicious! I also made beet kraut which is great alone or in salads. I enjoy spicy foods and small batches since it’s just me and my husband. Would love to add this book to my collection! Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Kevin Farner says:

    I just started fermenting via the mastery challenge this year and really enjoyed it. I tried your cabbage/carrot sauerkraut! Would be fun to learn about the process and expand my repertoire.

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    Ryan G. says:

    Homemade Sriracha

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    mandy says:

    Sauerkraut is my main ferment as I am just learning to do this on my own. I don’t know if apple brandy is considered a ferment, but if so I’m quite a pro with this one 🙂 I’d love to make hot sauces. I grow alot of peppers, they end up jellied, frozen, dried….if I got good at hot sauce it would give me a reason to grow more peppers!

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    katklaw777 says:

    I have yet to make my own but I will soon.
    My daughter is really into it and she is going to give me a lesson!

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    Marian Allen says:

    i just started playing with ferments, but so far our faves are saurkraut and pickled onions!

  9. 9
    Sally says:

    Love making kraut, kimchi and fermented hot sauce –

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    Lauren E says:

    Hands down, Kimchi is my favorite. Any kind of kimchi, the spicier the better!

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    Heather says:

    I used to make kefir and kombucha and need to get back to those. For food the most common thing I make is kraut…common, but wonderful!

  12. 12
    Vera K says:

    I need to learn more about fermented foods. The only fermented food I have now is kombucha.

  13. 13
    Michele says:

    I’m big with the fermenting but there’s always more to learn. Exploring condiments right now and this book fits right in. What I do most currently is fermented vegetables of different sorts, but mostly a shredded root kimchi.

  14. 14
    Mike says:

    My favorite is a fermented chilli garlic spread, made with fiery thai chillis

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    Gene Black says:

    My main ferments are:
    sauerkraut (I add shredded carrots for color and taste.)
    Kimchi – cabbage based
    Kkakdugi – a radish based kimchi
    I also make my own yogurt from whole milk -which is also a fermented food.

    I want to try making fermented ketchup and would like to try some others.

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    Rebecca says:

    I really only eat sauerkraut on Reubens… but I love Reubens. My coworker says home made kraut is the only way to go, but I haven’t had a chance to try doing that yet.

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    Emma says:

    I love making sour kraut, kombucha, and silly beans!

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    Caroline says:

    I enjoy making and eating kimchi and would like to learn more about fermented hot sauces for my heat loving husband!

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    Marit Hickman says:

    I always have a batch of kkakdugi (Korean radish kimchi) going. Boiled egg + kkakdugi = best breakfast ever!

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    Maxine says:

    I’ve been doing a basic cabbage/ginger/carrot/garlic slaw ferment for 15 years or more… and finally have branched out. Now I’ve got an airlock and I’ll ferment just about anything! Most recent experiment: watermelon rind.

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    Rhea says:

    Ooooh, that looks great! I regularly ferment kimchi and sauerkraut, but Ive been thinking of trying out some hot sauces. This book looks perfect.

  22. 22
    sillygirl says:

    Does it count that my ferment is adding a little yeast to a bottle of apple juice and letting it work until it sparkles? It even works with pasturized juice.

  23. 23
    Michelle Higgs says:

    I have fermented keifer water, komboucha, carrots, and dilly beans. I want to make a no-cabbage kimchi.

  24. 24
    Katie says:

    I’ve made sauerkraut and various other veggie ferments before, but it’s been a few years and this year my goal is to get back in the swing (ferment?) of things!

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    AnitaL says:

    Hands down favorite is pickled okra. Love the texture.

  26. 26
    Alyssa Bailey says:

    I’ve been dabbling in fermenting but haven’t had great success. My first try provided some pretty good kimchi and I have been making some yogurt regularly too. I would love a resource to keep trying!

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    Carla says:

    I am a lover of ferments who hopes to learn to make her own in the near future. I also love growing hot peppers and this year’s harvest is going to be a good one. This book came out at the perfect time for me!

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    Kerstin says:

    I have not yet tried fermenting myself, but my family used to make Sauerkraut, which was delicious. So this book might help me to start my own fermenting journey

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    Liz says:

    I love making kvass and really want to try making fermented carrots this summer.

  30. 30
    Catherine says:

    Currently, I’ve been fermenting a lot of cabbage to make sauerkraut, but my first and favorite ferment has to be yogurt.

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    Mary Jo says:

    We always have a jar of kraut in the fridge. Now that it is growing season we will add a jar of fermented radishes! Love those veggies.

  32. 32
    TimL says:

    I don’t do a lot of fermented food outside of sauerkraut, but I make plenty of mead, cider, wine, and beer.

  33. 33
    Jonathan says:

    With a garden that I hope will be bursting at the seams with different varieties of peppers, I’m hoping to start playing with different types of fermented hot sauces.

  34. 34
    Jane P says:

    I regularly make kimchi and occasionally half sour pickles. I’d love to expand my horizons with fermented food and this book would certainly inspire me.

  35. 35
    Ann says:

    I tend to make kimchi every year, and dill pickles most years. I get creative about what other recipes I try from year to year.

    BTW, this book just popped up in my amazon recommendations (I already own their other book), and I was thinking that it looked like something I wanted to check out.

  36. 36
    Marshall says:

    Dear Marisa,

    I ferment about 2 gals of Kombucha every 2 weeks. It is my soft drink of choice, often drinking it straight or mixed with a dark berry fruit juice. I have Kristen and Christopher Shockey’s first book and this book would really be a great addition as I am addicted to Tabasco the fermented hot sauce.

  37. 37
    Madeleine says:

    Ginger fermented carrot slices is one of my favorites, but I haven’t made any of my own. I buy them at the fair. I like fermented sauerkraut as well. I’m really wanting to start fermenting but need the materials.

  38. 38
    Pete says:

    Having trouble remembering the last time I consumed anything fermented. Hmmm. How odd. Sooooo, it is obviously past time to ferment something, buy something fermented, and consume same!

    Used to eat quite a bit of sauerkraut, but haven’t even had any of that lately. Thanks for the question! It has me really wondering why I have seemingly quit consuming fermented goods!

  39. 39
    Gerry says:

    I just started this year and have made picked Asian pears, your dilly beans, garlic dill pickles, bread and butter pickles, and pickled asparagus and pickled peppers!

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    Dianne V says:

    I love Kimchee

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    Savannagal says:

    I absolutely love spicy food. I made your dilly beans a couple years ago and this year I think I’ll add a few habaneros to spice them up a bit. I can’t wait to see the book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Gail says:

    Kraut for me

  43. 43
    Dave says:

    Good old fashioned pickled cucumbers. Love ’em.

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    Kelley says:


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    Carolyn S says:

    I’m still pretty new to ferments. So far I’ve made sauerkraut and yogurt. So many more things to try though!

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    Katy Manck says:

    Haven’t done any fermenting past yogurt, but do love pickled okra!

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    Leslie T says:

    I’ve made yogurt and sauerkraut. I have a large jar for some upcoming kimchi. Our family LOVES dilly beans so I want to try fermented ones and see how they taste. Yum.

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    Lori says:

    I have not been fermenting long, about a year and a half, my absolute favorite is kim chi. All kinds, but particularly made with wild greens.

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    Nina says:

    I’ve NEVER made fermented foods before but I am a HUGE fan of sauerkraut and kimchi. I would like to say that I share them but I usually end up eating the whole jar myself every time. I would love to learn more and gain the confidence to try fermenting myself by the cabbage season starts up again!

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    Myra h says:

    I’m addicted to sauerkraut and usually have a jar on the go so I never run out. My latest batch was spiked with some of the fermented hot sauce I made in the fall.