Emilie Parrish, food blogger & author of Fermenting Made Simple: Delicious Recipes to Improve Your Gut Health
From experimenting with sourdough to pickling veg or brewing kombucha, many of us have tried our hands at some kind of fermenting during the pandemic. If you are looking to expand your fermenting knowhow and incorporate it into your regular diet, there’s a new book from local author Emilie Parrish called Fermenting Made Simple out next month.
For Parrish, the journey of writing her book began with some health issues and food sensitivities happening in her family. After much trial and error and trips to allergists and specialists, Parrish began to experiment with fermented foods. In 2014 she created a blog to document & share her family’s progress.
When the pandemic hit, Emilie says it pushed her to make a change.
In addition to her blog, Emilie is in the process of writing a couple of fiction books. She says she has learned a lot about the world of publishing and decided to go with a local publisher, Touchwood Editions, to get her work to print.
Emilie’s goal with Fermenting Made Simple is to demystify the world of fermenting by making it easy and approachable. Everything you need in her book can be bought at your regular grocery store, no specialized equipment or fancy products required. She says “people have been fermenting food since the Middle Ages, so it goes without saying that it shouldn’t be fussy”.
Emilie wants to help everyday folk master the process, so her approach to fermenting is relaxed. She says “the chapter on sourdough might be upsetting to some of the stalwarts of the fermenting community, but you should do whatever works best for you”.
If you want to follow her updates on fermenting, along with her reading list and her adventures in the world of publishing, check out her Instagram feed @readingfoodie
Emilie’s book is out May 17th and available here.