Book Review: Kombucha Revolution

KombuchaThe Booklover’s Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Recently I visited an Earth Fare store and noticed all of the kombucha on the shelves.  I had not tried kombucha, but had heard of it and thought it was time.  Interesting!  For those that have not heard of kombucha, it is a drink, typically found in health food stores and increasingly making its way into the mainstream.  According to Stephen Lee and Ken Koopman, authors of Kombucha Revolution, it is “a cure-all that detoxifies the body, aids digestion, reenergizes the mind, and even helps reverse the symptoms of cancer.  Shortly after that visit to Earth Fare, I found Lee and Koopman’s book.

Kombucha Revolution tells you everything you want to know and need to know about kombucha.  Whether you are interested in just learning more about the fermented beverage, with the intention of just buying it, or whether you want to brew your own drink, Stephen Lee and Ken Koopman have written a comprehensive book.  Don’t let the description “comprehensive” put you off through.  The book is readable and it makes brewing your own kombucha very doable.  The recipes are easy to read and follow and best of all the ingredient lists are short!  Who knew there were so many ways to enjoy this unusual beverage.

My one complaint with the authors is that they made scant recommendations to the reader for sourcing the most important ingredient of all – SCOBY.  SCOBY is short for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast and is what ferments the tea to make the kombucha.  For someone completely new to homesteading, brewing, etc. and not having friends who are into this sort of thing, finding a source seemed a little intimidating!  A quick Internet search can get you started, but I do wish the authors had written a little more about this all important beginning ingredient and its sourcing.

I thoroughly enjoyed Kombucha Revolution and will continue to try the recipes for a long time.  If you want to try home brewing, it seems to me that this book and kombucha are an easy way to begin.  If you are interested in fermentation, then again this book is a great beginning place.

Book Details:   Published by Ten Speed Press (June 3, 2014), 160 pages, ISBN: 1607745984.

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