Our Fermented Lives

I am pleased to share my latest publication, Our Fermented Lives, is now available!

For more information or to purchase a copy, please visit the Storey Publishing site here.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page for book tour dates & related events!

From craft beers and sourdough bread to kimchi, coffee, tea, and cheese, fermentation is a popular topic in both food and health circles. In Our Fermented Lives, food historian and fermenting expert Julia Skinner explores the fascinating roots of a wide range of fermented foods in cultures around the world, with a focus on the many intersections fermented foods have with human history and culture, from the evolution of the microbiome to food preservation techniques, distinctive flavor profiles around the globe, and the building of community. Fans of fermentation, chefs, and anyone fascinated with the origins of various foods will enjoy this engaging popular history, which is accompanied by 42 recipes adapted from historic sources, including sauerkraut, corn beer, uji (fermented grain porridge), pickles and relishes, vinegars, ketchup, soy sauce, Tepache (fermented pineapple drink), vinegars, beet kvass, and more.

Book Tour

Decatur Book Festival
Saturday, October 1, 2022
First Baptist Church of Decatur, Decatur, GA

Book Talk & Vinegar Infusion Workshop
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
6 PM
Bold Fork Books, Washington, DC

Book Talk & Vinegar Infusion Workshop
Saturday, October 9, 2022
12 PM
Archestratus, Brooklyn

Our Fermented Lives Party
with Dr. Julia Skinner and Chef Edward Lee
Saturday, October 22, 2022
5-8 PM
Cultured South (in Lee + White), Atlanta

This free event includes:
*Kombucha mocktails with Julia’s wildcrafted goldenrod vinegar
*Snacks from Cultured South
*Books for sale from Charis Books & More
*Drink tickets to Best End Brewing
*Screening of Edward Lee’s documentary, Fermented
*Q+A with Julia and Edward
*Optional donations collected for Umi Feeds & The LEE Initiative

Please stop by and bring a friend!

Events later in the year:

Fermentation, Preservation, and Community Talk
Fermentation Fest ATL
November 6th (festival runs from 12-7 PM)

Instagram Live with authors Julia Skinner, Meredith Leigh, and Kirsten Shockey
Details TBA

Our Fermented Lives Talk (virtual)
Beer Culture Summit
November 10th, 11-12 pm CST

2023 events:

New Orleans (Southern Food & Beverage Museum, date TBD)

Boston event with Koji Alchemy author Rich Shih (details TBD)

Europe (locations and dates TBD)