Fermentation as Metaphor

AUD $42.50

Follow up to ‘The Art of Fermentation’

By Sandor Ellix Katz

In Fermentation as Metaphor, stemming from his personal obsession with all things fermented, Katz meditates on his art and work, drawing connections between microbial communities and aspects of human culture: politics, religion, social and cultural movements, art, music, sexuality, identity, and even our individual thoughts and feelings. He informs his arguments with his vast knowledge of the fermentation process, which he describes as a slow, gentle, steady, yet unstoppable force for change.



Throughout this truly one-of-a-kind book, Katz showcases fifty mesmerising, original images of otherworldly beings from an unseen universe—images of fermented foods and beverages that he has photographed using both a stereoscope and electron microscope—exalting microbial life from the level of “germs” to that of high art. When you see the raw beauty and complexity of microbial structures, Katz says, they will take you “far from absolute boundaries and rigid categories. They force us to re-conceptualise. They make us ferment.”

Fermentation as Metaphor broadens and redefines our relationship with food and fermentation. It’s the perfect gift for serious foodies, fans of fermentation, and non-fiction readers alike.

“An amazing, beautiful meditation…  A meditation in the classical sense of thinking and fermenting through your emotions and feelings about the world… I knew this was going to be different and I am so thrilled it is.” – Chef David Zilber, co-author of The Noma Guide to Fermentation


Published: October 15, 2020
Chelsea Green Publishing
128 pages, hardcover, full-colour throughout
ISBN: 9781645020219

Additional information

Weight .28 kg
Dimensions 230 × 210 × 5 mm


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