Sour – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our giveaway (open to US/UK/AU/NZ) to win a copy of Sour: More Than Mere Taste: The Magical Element That Transforms Your Cooking by Mark Diacono.

Mark Diacono is the author of several titles including the award-winning A Year at Otter Farm: Inspiring Recipes Through the Seasons and A Taste of the Unexpected: How to Grow and Cook with Remarkable Fruit, Vegetables, Nuts, Herbs, and Flowers. He has also written a number of books for River Cottage.

The Otter Farm in East Devon, England was started to encourage people to consider growing unusual and forgotten food along with the best of the familiar. Kiwis, sweet cicely, chocolate vines, Japanese wineberries and Vietnamese coriander, pecans, quince, almonds, Szechuan pepper, and mulberries are just a few of the foods grown at the farm.

In Diacono’s latest book, he focuses on my personal favorite taste – sour. I’ve read that with age the number of our taste buds is diminished. Accordingly, stronger flavors become more appealing. At this rate, in ten years I’ll be drinking vinegar straight up, no chaser. Of course, that last bit was a jab toward humor but the rest is true and I do love vinegar.

Sour tells the story of what makes things sour and provides a varied collection of recipes that maximize the power of this taste. Souring skills are taught with sourdough, vinegar (yeah!), fermented foods and more. Recipes begin with components (for example, sourdough starter) to desserts and drinks.

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Thanks to the publisher for providing three copies of the above-referenced title in our giveaway open to EYB Members in the US, UK, NZ and AU. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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163 Comments

  • dmco6863  on  January 29, 2020

    I’d love to make the rosemary, rhubarb pudding recipe.

  • readingtragic  on  January 29, 2020

    Anything but the banana vinegars…

  • lean1  on  January 29, 2020

    Soda Bread

  • cookbookaddict2020  on  January 29, 2020

    sweet & sour apricots

  • hbakke  on  January 29, 2020

    Tamarind chutney and quick pakora

  • LSanders  on  January 29, 2020

    Milk kefir!

  • MarciK  on  January 29, 2020

    Verjuice
    This has been mentioned as a substitute for alcohol since I can’t cook with alcohol. I don’t know where to find it in stores, so this would be nice to have a recipe for.

  • matag  on  January 29, 2020

    Sweet and sour apricot upside down Cake

  • Teruska  on  January 29, 2020

    Sourdough pasta!

  • NaomiH  on  January 29, 2020

    Sourdough pasta

  • sarahawker  on  January 29, 2020

    Sourdough pancakes

  • lauriesk  on  January 29, 2020

    Sourdough Soup

  • Emilford  on  January 29, 2020

    Sourdough pasta for sure!

  • annmartina  on  January 29, 2020

    Banana vinegar sounds intriguing

  • mnhemphill  on  January 29, 2020

    I’d love to make the Adobo Chicken

  • notme  on  January 29, 2020

    Mint kefir mojito

  • ravensfan  on  January 29, 2020

    Kombucha

  • LeMinou  on  January 29, 2020

    Sour cream, apple & blackberry tart

  • Shelley.b  on  January 29, 2020

    Sourdough pasta

  • tcjanes  on  January 30, 2020

    Cast iron sourdough.

  • riley  on  January 30, 2020

    Grandad’s trifle

  • Jesmondgirl  on  January 30, 2020

    i would try persian fish stew.

  • Cmoran  on  January 30, 2020

    Rhubarb and cardamom relish (page 89)
    Love Rhubarb but I’ve never thought of it as an ingredient for relish…

  • Plumbobmummy  on  January 30, 2020

    Sourdough pancakes

  • lpatterson412  on  January 30, 2020

    Cast iron sourdough!

  • lapsapchung  on  January 30, 2020

    Sourdough pancakes

  • HLadd  on  January 30, 2020

    Tomato, Creme Fraiche and Mustard Tart

  • BatshevaR  on  January 30, 2020

    Sourdough starter. this one looks promising

  • Stringsandpots  on  January 30, 2020

    The passion fruit, grapefruit and pomegranate ceviche sounds like a stunning dish.

  • maisietoo  on  January 30, 2020

    Sour cream dressing for tasty salads.

  • lgroom  on  January 31, 2020

    Persian fish stew

  • Emmydee  on  January 31, 2020

    Mussels in beer would be my choice.

  • Siegal  on  January 31, 2020

    Sourdough pasta interesting

  • ccav  on  January 31, 2020

    Tomato, crème fraîche and mustard tart

  • ElizM  on  January 31, 2020

    ‘creating the sourdough starter’ would be a good start!

  • hrk  on  January 31, 2020

    Dosa pancakes with roast cauliflower and raita

  • maggz19671  on  January 31, 2020

    Soda bread is my favourite

  • ang709  on  January 31, 2020

    Passionfruit chilli sauce

  • GillB  on  January 31, 2020

    Sourdough pasta

  • dbranigan27  on  January 31, 2020

    I would love to try the Hot and sour soup (Tom yam).

  • banba1  on  January 31, 2020

    Sourdough pasta sounds intriguing!

  • Pamyoungvb  on  January 31, 2020

    I would start with Piccalilli. My grandfather used to make this every summer. I have never been able to replicate it.

  • bookmark58  on  January 31, 2020

    Sourdough pasta

  • linded  on  January 31, 2020

    There are so many intriguing recipes here. I’d love to make banana vinegar or passion fruit salsa. So exotic but they sound yummy!

  • bopper  on  January 31, 2020

    Buttermilk

  • Natlovesgib  on  January 31, 2020

    Buttermilk fried chicken

  • Roosta  on  January 31, 2020

    Kimchi

  • LaurenE  on  February 1, 2020

    sweet & sour apricots

  • GranChris  on  February 1, 2020

    I would probably make the Tomato, crème fraîche and mustard tart first.

  • maci234  on  February 1, 2020

    sourdough pasta

  • Isis1981uk  on  February 1, 2020

    Buttermilk

  • Sonatarose  on  February 1, 2020

    Sourdough pasta

  • bookmark77  on  February 1, 2020

    Kombucha

  • bookmark31  on  February 1, 2020

    persian fish stew

  • roxlet  on  February 1, 2020

    Sourdough pancakes

  • Tovie  on  February 1, 2020

    The red grapefruit and elderflower dressing

  • SnarkyLarane  on  February 1, 2020

    That braised sweet corn with chili and lime sounds awesome and prawn ceviche yum!

  • MaggieMaggieMae  on  February 1, 2020

    Soda Bread

  • hdh74  on  February 2, 2020

    soda bread

  • JessHeilman  on  February 2, 2020

    Grandad’s Triffle

  • RickPearson54  on  February 2, 2020

    Soda bread

  • Chefdicky69  on  February 2, 2020

    nice pancakse

  • mpdeb98  on  February 3, 2020

    Cherry sour cream clafoutis

  • RuthHarwood  on  February 5, 2020

    Adobo Chicken

  • fmd518  on  February 5, 2020

    Sourdough pasta

  • ksa  on  February 5, 2020

    I’m a lot into dairy these day so I’ll be curious to try the yoghurt and kefir recipes

  • chefthomas  on  February 6, 2020

    Cast-iron sourdough

  • kmn4  on  February 6, 2020

    Turkish eggs

  • ceejayen  on  February 6, 2020

    Sourdough pancakes

  • Dannausc  on  February 6, 2020

    Milk kefir

  • DarcyVaughn  on  February 7, 2020

    Lime pickle chicken with kosambari slaw

  • Mtetpon  on  February 7, 2020

    Sweet and Sour Apricot cake

  • Gardenernigel  on  February 7, 2020

    I would love to make the sourdough pancakes

  • vhfvhf  on  February 7, 2020

    sourdough pancakes

  • Dendav  on  February 7, 2020

    Soda bread

  • BMeyer  on  February 7, 2020

    sourdough pancakes

  • hisforhome  on  February 7, 2020

    I’d like to make kimchi

  • debbiehb  on  February 8, 2020

    Soda bread

  • Sand9  on  February 8, 2020

    Sourdough pancakes x

  • Hihelen  on  February 8, 2020

    Kimchi korean tacos

  • ebs  on  February 8, 2020

    Pad Thai

  • jd5761  on  February 9, 2020

    sourdough pasta for me – sounds fab

  • flossy1  on  February 9, 2020

    Paneer – I’ve tried to make it before but it didn’t taste quite right so I’d love to give it another go!

  • dadekian  on  February 10, 2020

    Kombucha

  • dan031082  on  February 11, 2020

    Red grapefruit and elderflower dressing

  • RSW  on  February 12, 2020

    Lemongrass-chicken bowl with rice vermicelli

  • kbiggs  on  February 12, 2020

    Soda bread

  • Jjewett  on  February 12, 2020

    Hard to choose one thing, the Tamarind pork ribs sound good

  • Saffy11  on  February 12, 2020

    It would definitely be the Milk kefir because I currently buy all the time.

  • Shelmar  on  February 12, 2020

    Double ginger tamarind mojito

  • GregH  on  February 14, 2020

    Sprouts, Aleppo pepper and caraway

  • Philian  on  February 14, 2020

    Cherry sour cream clafoutis

  • Samjbutler  on  February 14, 2020

    braised sweetcorn with chilli and lime

  • pennyvr  on  February 15, 2020

    Buttermilk!

  • lgroom  on  February 15, 2020

    Sourdough soup

  • mph993  on  February 16, 2020

    Tamarind pork ribs!

  • YarmElizabeth  on  February 20, 2020

    Mint kefir mojito

  • kbennall  on  February 20, 2020

    Shrubs and Switchels – hard to say out loud, fun to drink. One of my favorite things in hot, humid weather.

  • MiMi60  on  February 23, 2020

    Grandad’s trifle

  • moralla  on  February 24, 2020

    Gooseberry and sage focaccia

  • SandraDeeCee  on  February 25, 2020

    Sourdough pancakes! Oh, my goodness.

  • cellenly  on  February 25, 2020

    Sourdough pasta

  • fionahw  on  February 25, 2020

    Sauerkraut

  • luccio  on  February 26, 2020

    Cast-iron sourdough

  • Sfgordon  on  February 26, 2020

    I’d love to try sourdough pasta!

  • silversand  on  February 27, 2020

    Sourdough pasta

  • floridagld  on  February 27, 2020

    Many.
    Sauerkraut and saved Tomato, crème fraîche and mustard tart

  • ajlaird  on  February 28, 2020

    Sourdough pancakes

  • KatharineFB  on  February 29, 2020

    Kimchi Korean Taco, no question

  • hillsboroks  on  February 29, 2020

    I would love to make some pickled quince.

  • TanyaD  on  February 29, 2020

    Paneer and queso fresco

  • EmilyR  on  February 29, 2020

    Paneer and queso fresco

  • jinni  on  February 29, 2020

    Pickled quince, buttermilk quince dressing

  • sequoia55  on  February 29, 2020

    Cast-iron sourdough

  • littleliv  on  February 29, 2020

    Sourdough pancakes

  • Ingridemery  on  March 1, 2020

    Seville orange and cardomom gin

  • t.t  on  March 1, 2020

    kimchi

  • JEWGAL777  on  March 1, 2020

    sourdough bread

  • clairew137  on  March 1, 2020

    rosemary, rhubarb pudding

  • sheraneprish  on  March 1, 2020

    sourdough pancakes

  • love2chow  on  March 1, 2020

    Winter tabbouleh or pork vindaloo

  • termite  on  March 2, 2020

    I can’t even decide! A shrub? Kimchi or Sauerkraut? Rosehip vinegar WHHAAAAT??
    Every single thing in that index calls my name

  • Judyfos  on  March 2, 2020

    Tomato, crème fraîche and mustard tart

  • michelle666  on  March 4, 2020

    Soda bread

  • eveaway  on  March 4, 2020

    I would like to try the Spiced aubergine recipe (page 152). Thanks!

  • kathay708  on  March 4, 2020

    Kimchi

  • jay.moe  on  March 4, 2020

    sour dough starter

  • lisa59  on  March 4, 2020

    The Sour cream, Apple & Blackberry Tart is what I would try first!

  • jezpurr  on  March 4, 2020

    Gooseberry and sage focaccia!!!^_^

  • ShadyB  on  March 7, 2020

    Kombucha

  • smartie101  on  March 8, 2020

    sourdough pancakes

  • lydiasa  on  March 11, 2020

    I’d like to try the Turkish Eggs.

  • dobbin  on  March 12, 2020

    Sourdough pancakes

  • sammii04  on  March 12, 2020

    Mojito marmalade sounds interesting!

  • Amysam  on  March 14, 2020

    Tomato, crème fraîche and mustard tart as I’m trying to imagine how it tastes!

  • KitKatCat  on  March 14, 2020

    Soda Bread

  • PaulaCheadle  on  March 15, 2020

    Adobo Chicken

  • choppergirl  on  March 15, 2020

    Buttermilk

  • mnhemphill  on  March 15, 2020

    Ricotta

  • Bellroyd  on  March 16, 2020

    Grandad’s trifle

  • DimensionAEB  on  March 16, 2020

    I would like to try the sourdough pancakes.

  • Rosscoe  on  March 16, 2020

    Love to try the Mackerel, gooseberry salsa and horseradish butter.

  • Lora724  on  March 17, 2020

    I’ve always wanted to make my own Kimchi.

  • Poppyjoey  on  March 17, 2020

    Everyday Sourdough as it’s something I’ve never made

  • portkey  on  March 17, 2020

    Kombucha

  • Lindsey_M  on  March 20, 2020

    White asparagus and vinaigrette

  • Mfw  on  March 20, 2020

    I would try kimchi first. Being lazy I have looked eagerly for this in my local shops and sadly drawn a blank.

  • Ishtar  on  March 21, 2020

    Buttermilk fried chicken

  • rychepet  on  March 22, 2020

    Sourdough pancakes. sounds good for beginners

  • percussion03  on  March 23, 2020

    turmeric switchel

  • leilx  on  March 23, 2020

    Braised sweet corn with chili and lime and also water kefir

  • Aminata95  on  March 23, 2020

    Soda Bread

  • Karla123  on  March 25, 2020

    “Winter tabbouleh”…I’m quite intrigued with this version of tabbouleh.

  • andyszym  on  March 26, 2020

    Kimchi

  • sheridarby  on  March 26, 2020

    Soda Bread

  • brunom  on  March 27, 2020

    Sourdough pasta!

  • comperoo  on  March 28, 2020

    Tomato, Creme Fraiche and Mustard Tart

  • AEA  on  March 28, 2020

    Soda bread, particularly relevant at these times

  • SHORTMAN  on  March 28, 2020

    Persian Fish Stew

  • fionajk42  on  March 28, 2020

    Homemade whatever you got vinegar

  • danisgooder  on  March 28, 2020

    sourdough pancakes

  • RSW  on  March 30, 2020

    Creating your (sourdough) starter

  • jscamb22  on  April 3, 2020

    The sourdough pancakes sound incredible!

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