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Kombucha Tea for Your Health and Healing: The Most In-depth Guide Available
Alick Bartholomew, Mari Bartholomew
This great book, written by Alick and Mari Bartholomew of the Kombucha Tea Network UK, gives an excellent guide to brewing kombucha and answers many questions and deals with many problems encountered by brewers of kombucha. It's the best book to start your brewing with.

There are many different recipes too, including drinks, cakes, bread and other food recipes, skin creams, face masks, mouthwash, a range of ideas for first aid, kombucha uses around the home and it's use with plants and animals. The book includes detailed case histories of people who have been helped with arthritis, multiple sclerosis, cancer, ME, high blood pressure, skin complaints, asthma and digestive problems. Doctors and other medical practitioners provide encouraging reports of their patients who have used this immunity-enhancing and detoxifying elixir.
Highly recommended.

Quick Pickles: Easy Recipes with Big Flavor
Chris Schlesinger, John Willoughby, Dan George
The authors of Pickles have developed recipes to safely preserve almost anything from your garden. Designed to be eaten within a few weeks, they can be made from an amazing variety of ingredients: from classic cucumbers or squash to the unusual Balsamic Pickled Peaches or Mango Pickle with Scorched Mustard Seeds, these are anything but ordinary. Recipes for Kimchi and Japanese Soy-Pressed Pickled Carrots and Fuchsia Pickled Turnips give the book an international flavour. Included is a history of pickles as well as tips and tricks to make your own fool-proof pickles right at home. Beautifully illustrated and good to read it also covers fermented pickles.

Keeping Food Fresh: Old World Recipes and Techniques
The Gardeners& Farmers of Terre Vivante
As Eliot Coleman says in his forward "The Poetry of Food," "Food preservation techniques can be divided into two categories: the modern scientific methods that remove life from the food, and the natural 'poetic' methods that enhance the life in the food." This lovely little book is all about the natural methods of preserving. It covers root cellaring, drying, lacto fermentation, preserving in oil, in vinegar in alcohol and in salt. Over 250 recipes.

Kombucha - Miracle Fungus: The Essential Handbook
Harald Tietze
Kombucha is an ancient remedy, revered as an immune-boosting treatment for centuries in the East, but now enjoying an upsurge of interest in the West. What is it and how does it work? This updated, international edition is packed with historical background, accounts of a wide range of Kombucha health benefits, case histories, detailed instructions on how to make and store it, plus helpful recipes and uses.

Kombucha: Healthy Beverage and natural Remedy from the Far East
Gunther W. Frank
Author Günther W. Frank, born 1939 in Eger, Sudetenland, has written this book after long and intensive study of Kombucha. His advice rests on his own experience and research as well as that of others, and includes a survey of the literature in both German and other languages from the beginning of this century on. He refers to present day scientific research in the USSR where very thorough study, hitherto hardly heard of in the West, has been made of Kombucha.

The book gives useful background information, and deals with the pros and cons of various points of view about how to prepare and use this ancient natural household remedy. It presents the fullest possible information and facts, without however forcing anything on the reader. On the basis of this knowledge, the reader is enabled to come to an individual and independent evaluation of Kombucha.

Kefir Rediscovered!: The Nutritional Benefits of an Ancient Healing Food

by Klaus Kaufmann
Complete with recipes for everything from kefir skin care to appetizing kefir cheeses, this book is a lively kitchen guide. You'll never go back to yogurt again! This book presents the history of Kefir, as well as its nutritional benefits. Instructions and recipes are included.

Kombucha Rediscovered!: A Guide to the Medicinal Benefits of an Ancient Healing Tea
by Klaus Kaufmann
Delicious, easy to make and full of enzymes, vitamins and essential amino acids, Kombucha tea should rejuvenate, detoxify and energize the drinker. This book offers advice, instructions for preparation, historical information, photographs and colourful anecdotes about Kombucha.

Making Sauerkraut and Pickled Vegetables at Home: Creative Recipes for Lactic-Fermented Food to Improve Your Health
Klaus Kaufmann, Annelies Schoneck
Another in the Klaus Kaufmann series, it's a clear and simple guide to basic sauerkraut and brine pickles. The book does discuss health aspects of lactic acid fermentation, but what distinguishes this book is its clear description of the process and good photographs. The authors leave you with enough understanding to experiment and troubleshoot for yourself.