An enlightening and delicious road adventure–cookbook from the young woman the New York Times dubbed “the Johnny Appleseed of Pickling.”Three years ago, food activist Tara Whitsitt had a dream: to take to the road in a converted school bus and spread the gospel of kombucha, kimchi, and kefir nationwide. She would bring her microbe-dense delicacies, her expertise, and her generosity to food communities across the country. Her motto: Tasty food belongs to everyone. In a 1986 International Harvester bus-turned-fermentation-lab, Tara took off from Eugene, Oregon, teaching her skills to curious attendees, hosting potlucks, and sampling the seasonal produce of each stop on her tour. The project accrued a following, and she gave it a name: Fermentation on Wheels.

Through her winning stories, illustrations, photographs, and fifty recipes, Fermentation on Wheels tracks the two-year. twenty-thousand mile journey that made Tara into a known apostle of outrageously delicious, creative, healthy, and sustainable fermented flavors–from sourdough to sauerkraut to wild berry wines. A practical and delectable cookbook, Fermentation on Wheels is also an inspiring celebration of how food traditions (and starter cultures) can bring people together, pollinate their minds, and change their lives for the better.



“The Johnny Appleseed of Pickling.” – New York Times“[Whitsitt] takes readers on an entertaining and informative journey as she drives a converted school bus across America and spreads the gospel of fermentation . . . On her magic school bus, she is a veritable Ms. Frizzle, sharing the science and benefits behind the healthy microorganisms of our inner ecosystem.” – Publishers Weekly“Tara Whitsitt is a fellow fermentation revivalist doing tremendous work raising awareness about fermented foods and beverages. Fermentation on Wheels is a mobile fermentation recruitment station, inviting folks to become more aware of how our food is produced and the invisible life forces that facilitate some of our greatest delicacies.” –  Sandor Katz, author of WILD FERMENTATION and THE ART OF FERMENTATION,

“Tara is a force, crusading through time and geographical space she proselytizes the evolving human relationship with fermented foods. Fermentation on Wheels is a living breathing work of art devoted to teaching others about food, sustainability, and community.” –  Meaghan & Shane Carpenter, HEX Ferments, Baltimore, MD,

“The Johnny Appleseed of Pickling.” –  New York Times

“Tara’s dedication to teaching the craft of food fermentation is wonderful, and what inspired me even more is her infectious ‘do-what-you-love’ spirit. What a happier world it would be if more people followed their bliss like Tara.” –  Austin Durant, Founder, Fermenters Club, San Diego, CA,

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