Of Cabbages & Kimchi Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our worldwide promotion to win one of two copies of Of Cabbages & Kimchi: A Practical Guide to the World of Fermented Food by James Read. James has events on October 21st at Wimbledon High School Hall and on October 28th at Wild Pickle Ferment Festival Stoke in the UK.

James Read is the founder of Kim Kong Kimchi, a company that’s made tens of thousands of jars of kimchi distributed through hundreds of stores. His interest in living foods was born from developing ‘zombie brains’ from the florets of cauliflower kimchi for a Halloween pop-up restaurant.

Of Cabbages & Kimchi: A Practical Guide to the World of Fermented Food is a tidy little tome beautifully illustrated by Marija Tiurina – just look at that cover. James provides his vast knowledge in this debut title providing recipes, troubleshooting advice and further reading lists for those who catch the fermentation bug.

Chapters include the opening “It starts with a fizz” and continues with Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Soy Sauce, Hot Sauce, Vinegar, Kefir, Kvass, Tepache and Ginger Beer, Kombucha, Yogurt and ends with the Index and Reading List. Here you will find recipes from Soy caramel dark milk chocolate tart, Thai crab cakes with avocado hot sauce, Raspberry, almond and kefir crumb cake nestled between the narrative on each subject. Over fifty recipes fill this book that provides the reader with the basics to create fermented foods such as kimchi and then several recipes to use those home-made tangy dishes.

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What I really love about this book is that it is fun and approachable. Some other books on this subject can be overwhelming for a beginner fermenter. Of Cabbages & Kimchi strikes the perfect balance – perfect for the novice and interesting enough for someone with experience under their belt.

Special thanks to the publisher for providing two copies of this title in our promotion. Entry options include answering the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Have you tried fermenting foods and if so what types?

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  • Badgerlord  on  October 11, 2023

    Never tried making them love eating them though

  • DarcyVaughn  on  October 11, 2023

    kimchi, sauerkraut, fermented hot sauces

  • Cornfed23  on  October 11, 2023

    Looks like a great book! The world needs more kimchi.

  • matag  on  October 11, 2023

    No but I love kimchi

  • ravensfan  on  October 11, 2023

    I have not tried fermenting foods but would like to try.

  • bertbert  on  October 11, 2023

    Bread onion cucumber cracker pizza

  • tcjanes  on  October 11, 2023


  • rkosully  on  October 12, 2023

    I have not yet tried fermenting foods, but I would like to!

  • pokarekare  on  October 12, 2023

    I tried making sauerkraut once and thought it had gone off! when I tipped it in the sink I realised that it hadn’t – it was delicious under the top layer!

  • Babycarrot  on  October 12, 2023

    Yes! Love kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, and kefir.

  • sarahawker  on  October 12, 2023

    Yes, I’ve tried to ferment cabbage.

  • kgmom  on  October 12, 2023

    I make yogurt, kefir, kombucha. I wan’t to expand my repertoire of fermented foods!

  • cuaileanruadh  on  October 12, 2023

    Have made kimchi, sauerkraut and recently started kefir! Loving trying fermenting and with practise, they are getting better.

  • virjeania  on  October 12, 2023

    sauerkraut and pickles

  • dataentrytard  on  October 12, 2023

    I like Korean Kimchi much but never tried fermenting foods myself.

  • SheilaS  on  October 12, 2023

    I already have this book so I’m not commenting to win, just to let everyone know what a delight this book is. The fanciful illustrations alone are priceless. I’ve got other fermentation books like the big Noma tome and others but this one is so engaging, it will encourage you to dive right in. The smallish font could be a downside for some but otherwise, it’s a winner!

  • poneill  on  October 12, 2023

    Fermented chilli sauce

  • thecharlah  on  October 12, 2023

    Yes, I’ve tried making sauerkraut and hot sauces

  • Marnewein  on  October 13, 2023

    Never tried fermenting before. Love the title of this one!

  • sayeater  on  October 13, 2023

    Yes, sourdough and daikon radishes. Yogurt too.

  • kmwyman  on  October 13, 2023

    Kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, hot sauces, preserved lemons, sourdough. I tried fermenting rhubarb once but that was a fail!

  • tsp  on  October 14, 2023


  • GreenhouseCheryl  on  October 14, 2023

    We’ve made kimchi, sauerkraut, fermented hot sauces and pickles.

  • trudys_person  on  October 14, 2023

    I haven’t really tried fermenting yet, unless a sourdough starter counts?

  • pamelajosie  on  October 15, 2023

    So many health benefits from eating fermented foods

  • scoutycat  on  October 15, 2023

    I’ve made fermented hot sauce & apple cider vinegar

  • AnnaZed  on  October 15, 2023

    I have not, I want to but was lacking guidance, until now apparently.

  • v.t  on  October 15, 2023

    I’ve tried sourdough and yogurt but would love to make kimchi and sauerkraut and kombucha. I’m sure they’d be so much cheaper to make at home!

  • silverspoon65  on  October 15, 2023

    I tried sauerkraut but it wasn’t punchy enough for me..

  • Binguy  on  October 15, 2023

    Mushroom and saurkraut Pierogi sounds yummy

  • redcurrant  on  October 16, 2023

    I’ve made rejuvelac and fermented cashew cheese. Would love to try more.

  • Plumbobmummy  on  October 16, 2023

    Never tried making them, only eating

  • Sand9  on  October 16, 2023

    No, have made refrigerator pickles but would like to try fermenting x

  • Isis1981uk  on  October 16, 2023

    Never, but I want to!

  • bopper  on  October 16, 2023

    have never tried it, partly due to lack of knowledge and caution as to whether I’d like them but would love to give it a try if I knew a little more!

  • elisabeta  on  October 16, 2023

    I have not tried fermenting foods but would like to try

  • marktiger69  on  October 17, 2023

    No but always fascinated by it

  • loumazoo  on  October 17, 2023

    I’ve only tried cabbage and carrots – both turned out great!

  • CompsAlex  on  October 17, 2023

    I have not tried fermenting foods

  • coryphaeus  on  October 17, 2023

    not yet but hopefully in future

  • prettypistol  on  October 18, 2023

    Never tried fermenting before

  • renharvey  on  October 18, 2023

    Yes, lots of stuff. Yogurt, kimchi, vinegar, lime pickle, preserved lemons…

  • Emmormous  on  October 18, 2023

    Bread onion cucumber cracker pizza

  • Shelley.b  on  October 18, 2023

    I have not had the opportunity

  • Sladea86  on  October 20, 2023

    I have tried sauerkraut and kefir

  • cmeiling  on  October 20, 2023

    I have made pickles and kombucha. Would love to make more though!

  • silversand  on  October 20, 2023

    No I’ve never tried fermenting foods, but it’s something I’ve been interested in for years and keep meaning to try!

  • Jenjeanh  on  October 20, 2023

    I make successfulnsauerkraut regularly
    Have tried carrots but they went wrong
    I make yogurt weekly, lots of success and I love how it tastes a little different every time.
    I would love to try some different fermenting

  • roxlet  on  October 20, 2023


  • hrk  on  October 20, 2023

    kombucha, vegetables, hot sauce

  • Lobworm  on  October 20, 2023

    Not yet but…………………………

  • reader1trees  on  October 20, 2023

    I’ve made beer, ginger beer, kefir and yoghurt so far, am planning to try sauerkraut and kimchi next.

  • oduong930  on  October 20, 2023

    never tried it

  • Leonard5854  on  October 20, 2023

    I’ve fermented cabbage, tomatoes, and onions.

  • Roosta  on  October 20, 2023

    Never tried doing it myself but do like eating them for the health benefits

  • foodie16  on  October 20, 2023

    I make sauerkraut

  • Dannausc  on  October 20, 2023

    I’ve made fermented pepper mash which I liked a lot.

  • antpantsii  on  October 21, 2023

    So far Kombucha, vinegars, pickles yogurt and hot sauce preserved lemons

  • LaurenE  on  October 21, 2023

    I have! Fermented radishes, carrots, and other sturdy veg

  • GrooveHeart  on  October 21, 2023

    No I’ve never tried but I love Sauerkraut and Kimchi so would love to try to do my own

  • Lora724  on  October 22, 2023

    I have tried some fermentation, but I have not mastered any one thing.

  • skvalentine  on  October 24, 2023

    I’ve made a few versions of kimchi and sauerkraut, and would like to experiment more!

  • jonathan.porter  on  October 26, 2023

    Lots of kraut and Kimchi.

  • dzm  on  October 27, 2023

    No I have not tried to make fermented foods

  • sgump  on  October 27, 2023

    I have not yet tried in-home fermenting—but I’d love a helpful guide for doing so!

  • MaineDruid  on  October 28, 2023


  • RSW  on  October 28, 2023


  • tucsonsandy  on  October 28, 2023


  • liasim  on  October 28, 2023

    Kimchi and cabbage

  • youngsvnnhrs  on  October 28, 2023

    Yes, kimchi, sauerkraut, and pickles

  • janv  on  October 28, 2023

    I have not tried making them

  • biro  on  October 29, 2023

    Kombucha, tepache, …

  • Lafauvette  on  October 30, 2023

    I’ve never tried fermenting my own foods but I’m very interested.

  • ktrum7  on  October 30, 2023

    Not yet!

  • Charlieemma  on  October 31, 2023

    I’ve never tried before but I am a kimchi lover!

  • maria411  on  October 31, 2023

    I mainly make pickles

  • BFG  on  October 31, 2023

    I’ve made sauerkraut and kimchi and many kinds of pickles! I live the cover design for this book. I can’t wait to check it out!

  • kellymolly  on  November 3, 2023

    Polish Sauerkraut, Pickles and radishes

  • betsyradelow  on  November 3, 2023

    No, can’t wait!

  • cake17uk  on  November 4, 2023

    I have only ever made yoghurt – would love to try sauerkraut & kimchi

  • t.t  on  November 4, 2023

    kimchi, sauerkraut, fermented hot sauces, kosher pickles, kefir, yogurt, sourdough

  • Roberts6  on  November 6, 2023

    Love all books

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  November 6, 2023

    I have tried making dill pickles.

  • elysedc  on  November 6, 2023

    I am so interested in fermenting at home but I haven’t tried it yet. The main thing holding me back is accidental botulism (yikes!) because I really love all things pickles, miso, etc. but so far I haven’t tried anything myself, beyond a “quick pickle” type of situation

  • ejsmith  on  November 7, 2023

    I haven’t. Think I’m a bit scared tbh. The thought of fizzy rotting veg 🤣

  • ceejayen  on  November 8, 2023

    This is something new for me but looks like a good idea

  • calguire  on  November 8, 2023

    I have not tried but I love kimchi!

  • artthecat  on  November 8, 2023

    Made some chutney, but need to branch out and make other fermented foods.

  • kmn4  on  November 8, 2023

    I have made kombucha, but not fermented foods.

  • CatTheCook  on  November 9, 2023

    I make my own yoghurt and made kombucha for a while. I would love to try some new things

  • JenjiD  on  November 9, 2023

    Yes, I make kimchi and saurkraut every year. I’d love to try different recipes

  • Cattybean26  on  November 9, 2023

    Pickles, but really keen to make kimchi and sauerkraut

  • paulo_b  on  November 10, 2023

    never made any – but do buy them

  • Emwitting  on  November 10, 2023


  • zeeenie  on  November 11, 2023

    ive never tried it

  • DimensionAEB  on  November 12, 2023

    No I’ve never tried fermenting any foods before.

  • CheekySpouse  on  November 13, 2023

    I’m always ready to try new ways of preserving food and this book sounds very interesting

  • paulbing  on  November 14, 2023


  • lilmiztam22  on  November 15, 2023

    No but would love to give it a try

  • emi10383  on  November 16, 2023

    yes sauerkraut

  • hibeez  on  November 17, 2023

    fermentation has always scared me – so making it easy and simplifying it is highly desirable.

  • hibeez  on  November 17, 2023

    fermentation has always scared me.

  • miggsy  on  November 18, 2023

    I’ve tried fermenting white kimchi (excellent), and carrots (meh).

  • Karla123  on  November 18, 2023

    Yes, I’ve made sourdough bread.

  • Bake4one  on  November 21, 2023

    Not yet

  • Carolyn99  on  November 23, 2023

    I have tried making kimchi before and I do have a sourdough obsession. Would love to try many other ferments. Ginger beer Hugh on my wishlist.

  • kalina813  on  November 24, 2023

    I’ve made many pickles and once did a ramp kimchi

  • banba1  on  November 25, 2023

    I made kombucha during the covid lockdown, but I was never able to make it as well as my favorite local businesses. I need help! 😀

  • Norine  on  November 27, 2023

    I love fermented vegetables and always in search of new inventive recipes.
    Kimchi is great and wide variety of saurkrauts.

  • Pizzacat13  on  November 28, 2023

    I have never tried fermenting food as yet, but love eating kimchi!

  • sheridarby  on  November 28, 2023

    No, I haven’t yet

  • lollipop123  on  November 29, 2023

    Must admit I’ve never tried fermenting foods but would love to try so I don’t have to buy them ready done from the supermarket.

  • joke7  on  November 29, 2023

    I love fermenting food, I have made kimchi and sauerkraut

  • Lesevans6  on  November 30, 2023


  • pyramidblaster  on  November 30, 2023

    Not tried yet.

  • Twiddle  on  November 30, 2023

    I never never tried fermenting but would like to!

  • ccav  on  December 1, 2023

    pickles, kraut, kombucha!

  • Louyoga  on  December 2, 2023

    I make kimchi often and I like to use odds and ends of cabbage or ther green veg I have plus apples which lend a lovely sweetness. Kimchi fritters! Yum 😋

  • biro  on  December 2, 2023

    Definitely trying the tepache. Looking forward to seeing the other recipes

  • anniecc  on  December 2, 2023

    I’ve made fermented pickles and chilli sauce, would like to try more.

  • redbeansnsushirice  on  December 2, 2023

    Can’t get enough fermented foods! I’ve made yougurt, kimchi of all kinds, sauerkraut, pickles, preserved lemon….

  • CLB3  on  December 3, 2023

    Sauerkraut, Kimchi

  • DesertPetrichor  on  December 3, 2023

    I’ve been fermenting foods for a number of years now, but I primarily make various types of kimchi. My fridge currently has classic Napa cabbage kimchi, cucumber kimchi, and mustard green kimchi! I love how fermentation changes the flavors of the ingredients added and adds a great hit of acidity and funkiness. I also really enjoy using fermented ingredients in my cooking to add an unexpected flair!

  • maggz19671  on  December 3, 2023

    Haven’t made begire would love too

  • rosalee  on  December 4, 2023

    I have made kimchi before, but it was too salty and I need to try again!

  • jamston  on  December 5, 2023

    Not tried fermenting but would love to try

  • LSanders  on  December 6, 2023

    I’ve made kimchi before, pickles and sauerkraut also

  • anightowl  on  December 6, 2023

    I’ve made sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, and a few other things.

  • orchidlady01  on  December 7, 2023

    I tried making sauerkraut but it was a failure.

  • Emmamaryd  on  December 8, 2023

    No, not yet.

  • IngridO  on  December 8, 2023

    I once made my own bread and butter cucumbers. I’m not sure if that qualifies as fermenting or just preserving.

  • rmpostonmfandt  on  December 9, 2023

    I’m in the process of fermenting my very first batch of olives!

  • ljsimmons  on  December 9, 2023

    I’ve not tried fermenting yet, but I’d love to

  • Micklin  on  December 10, 2023

    Fermented foods!!?? Love them all, kimchi, sauerkraut, sourdough, etc

  • TSQ  on  December 11, 2023

    Pineapple & cinnamon tepache

  • mph993  on  December 11, 2023

    yes – pickles, sourdough and hot sauces

  • MarciK  on  December 12, 2023

    I’ve tried sauerkraut. I’m not great at it, but I have managed to make some. I’ve also made dosa batter, which I believe is fermented.

  • mumliz  on  December 15, 2023

    i havent tried

  • Rosscoe  on  December 15, 2023

    Haven’t tried it yet but would love to give it a go in the New Year.

  • hammygav03  on  December 18, 2023

    i havent tried

  • nvernon  on  December 18, 2023

    Yes, a lot. Major fail with mushrooms, they made my tougue numb. Much success with leaves and root vegetables and okra etc. Hot sauces keep getting bad mold, but I am still trying for a fermented peri peri.

  • grumpygraham  on  December 18, 2023

    never tried

  • CitrusDreams  on  December 18, 2023

    I have not tried fermenting foods. It seems like it would be quite difficult but I’d like to give it a go.

  • MeganMason  on  December 18, 2023

    I have tried fermenting foods. I’ve fermented cabbage to make kimchi.

  • andyszym  on  December 18, 2023

    Sauerkraut and kimchi

  • Maryd8822  on  December 22, 2023

    I’ve never tried!

  • kwansicle  on  December 30, 2023

    I haven’t but would like to try making kefir

  • schesshire  on  January 1, 2024

    I’ve been fermenting a salsa similar to the “wild brine” one- cabbage, peppers, red onion, tomatillos, etc. I’ve also made kimchi and sauerkraut but the salsa is my new favorite.

  • teamkies  on  January 3, 2024

    Yogurt. Would love to try other things.

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