Welcome to Fermenting for Foodies! I’m Emillie, and this is my website dedicated to all things deliciously fermented.
Want to learn all about fermenting? Check out my cookbook Fermenting Made Simple. It’s a no-fuss primer on fermenting that covers everything from sauerkraut to sourdough!
A Passion for Fermenting
I came to the world of fermented foods through my family. Among the four of us, we were either allergic or intolerant to a huge list of foods. Everything from celery to sulfites, from shellfish to eggs, and a whole lot of other things in-between. We all suffered from a host of autoimmune conditions, eczema, and digestive sensitivities. We had trips to the pediatric allergist, the hospital, and pretty much every alternative practitioner available.
In the end, it was our Family Physician who suggested that we start eating fermented foods, even though we had tried a number of probiotic supplements without much success. My knowledge of fermented foods was limited to beer, wine, and yogurt, but I was willing to try anything.
In 2014, I made a resolution to feed my family something fermented at every meal.
After checking out every fermented food cookbook available in our library and local bookstores, I quickly realized that there was a problem. It seemed like everyone was so focused on the health benefits of fermented foods that no one was really focused on offering a variety of delicious recipes! So I started this blog as a way to document my family’s fermentation adventure and to share some of our delicious fermentation-focused recipes.
Just a few short years later, fermentation made a huge resurgence with many people offering delicious recipes and fermented products. My family was also doing so much better with our digestive issues. Most of our food intolerances were gone, and my kids weren’t even reacting to all of their diagnosed allergies! (Perhaps growing up played a part, but I can’t help thinking that our fermentation-friendly diet helped!)
I’m still gluten-free, so many of my recipes are gluten-free; however, the wheat eaters around here do make a mighty fine sourdough.
I am a full-time writer with two busy kids and a love of cooking. Here are a few fun facts about me:
- I’ve got a Master’s in Neuroscience. And I love science.
- I worked in healthcare for a number of years, including a few years as a healthcare planner.
- We lived in Ireland when my son was a toddler.
- I love to write fiction, garden, and cycle around town with my kids.
Want to know more about my interests? Check my Pacific Northwest lifestyle blog, Berries & Barnacles.
I usually have at least 7 or 8 different ferments going, here are a few of my favorite ferments. You will always find them somewhere in my house, though not always in the kitchen because I like to tuck ferments into closets.