Graphic for Beyond the Book with Julia Skinner on Saturday, January 14 at BookmarksJoin us for Beyond the Book, a new Bookmarks Lecture Series, featuring Our Fermented Lives: A History of How Fermented Foods Have Shaped Cultures & Communities with Julia Skinner on Saturday, January 21st at 4:00 pm!


“Skinner illuminates the deep past through recipes and stories that tether the foods of today to those of our ancestors. In doing so, she paints an expansive picture of just how intractably linked fermentation is to the human endeavor." - David Zilber, The Noma Guide to Fermentation 

This is a free event. Each person attending the event must have a registration or book ticket. Registration options:

  • Free registration: Attendance to the book talk
  • Book ticket: Attendance to the book talk and a copy of Our Fermented Lives: A History of How Fermented Foods Have Shaped Cultures & Communities

Additional books will be available for purchase at the event.

Click here to register for tickets.

About the Book

From craft beers and sourdough bread to kimchi, coffee, tea, and cheese, fermentation is a popular topic in both food and health circles. In Our Fermented Lives, food historian and fermenting expert Julia Skinner explores the fascinating roots of a wide range of fermented foods in cultures around the world, with a focus on the many intersections fermented foods have with human history and culture, from the evolution of the microbiome to food preservation techniques, distinctive flavor profiles around the globe, and the building of community. Fans of fermentation, chefs, and anyone fascinated with the origins of various foods will enjoy this engaging popular history, which is accompanied by 42 recipes adapted from historic sources, including sauerkraut, corn beer, uji (fermented grain porridge), pickles and relishes, vinegars, ketchup, soy sauce, Tepache (fermented pineapple drink), vinegars, beet kvass, and more.

About the Author

Julia Skinner is founder and director of Root, a fermentation and food history company that bridges the gap between modern people and historic food. She is the first food writer to be awarded two 40 Under 40 awards in the same year. Her work has been featured in Vox, Eater, Business Insider, and Buzzfeed, and she is the author of Afternoon Tea: A History (Rowman & Littlefield). She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Event date: 
Saturday, January 21, 2023 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
634 W 4TH ST SUITE 110
WINSTON SALEM, NC 27101-2730