This year, Eater is teaming up with James Beard award-winning Southern Foodways Alliance to spotlight their documentary work, premiering a short film every other week. This next piece focuses on fermentation wiz Sandor Katz of Woodbury, Tennessee, winner of the 2014 Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award and author of fermentation bible Wild Fermentation and the more recentThe Art of Fermentation. Born and raised in New York, he ending up moving down south after stumbling upon a gay commune in Tennessee, where he ended up living for 17 years. Through cooking on the commune and community service work, he discovered his love for fermentation and cooking and went on to be the go-to expert on the subject in the United States.
It's not just the flavor of fermented food that gets Sandor going. He also discusses the historical relevance and fermentation as an engine of social change. Check it out.