Cultured: How Ancient Foods Can Feed Our Microbiome

Cultured: How Ancient Foods Can Feed Our Microbiome

by Katherine Harmon Courage
Cultured: How Ancient Foods Can Feed Our Microbiome

Cultured: How Ancient Foods Can Feed Our Microbiome

by Katherine Harmon Courage


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A revealing look at the 300 trillion microorganisms that keep us healthy—and the foods they need to thrive

These days, probiotic yogurt and other "gut-friendly" foods line supermarket shelves. But what's the best way to feed our all-important microbiome—and what is a microbiome, anyway?
In this engaging and eye-opening book, science journalist Katherine Harmon Courage investigates these questions, presenting a deep dive into the ancient food traditions and the latest research for maintaining a healthy gut. Courage’s insights include:

 • Meet your microbiome: What it is, how it works, and why it's essential for our immune system—and overall health
 • Gut-friendly food traditions: A guided tour of artisanal makers of yogurt, kimchi, kefir, kombucha, olives, cocoa, and other vibrant, ancient foods from around the world that feed our microbiome (along with simple recipes for curious at-home cooks)
 • Cutting-edge science: A first-hand look at some of the top lab facilities where microbiologists are working to better understand the human gut and how to feed it for good health

Equal parts science explainer, culinary investigation, and global roadmap for healthy eating, Cultured offers a wealth of information for anyone interested in making smart food choices in our not-so-gut-friendly modern world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101905289
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,047,490
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Katherine Harmon Courage is a contributing editor for Scientific American and a journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Wired, National Geographic, and Popular Science, among other publications. Courage has been covering the microbiome beat since 2009. Her first book, Octopus!: The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea, was published in 2013, and her writing about experimental immune treatments was featured in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013. She lives in Colorado.

Table of Contents

Introduction: We Are Not Alone 1

Chapter 1 Microbes: In Our Guts and Under Fire 7

Chapter 2 What's in the Gut 29

Chapter 3 Feeding the Microbiome 51

Chapter 4 Quintessential Culture: Dairy 77

Chapter 5 Consider the Pickle: Produce 123

Chapter 6 Intoxicating Ferments: Grains 157

Chapter 7 Basic Beans: Legumes and Seeds 169

Chapter 8 The Undead: Meat 199

Chapter 9 Bringing It Home 223

Conclusion Saving an Invisible World 251

Further Reading 257

Acknowledgments 259

Index 263

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