Giveaway: A Copy of ‘Lisa’s Counter Culture: Pickles and Other Well-Bred Foods’ eBook

by lydia on October 22, 2012

I was so excited when I found about this eBook by Lisa Herndon, ‘Lisa’s Counter Culture: Pickles and Other Well-Bred Foods‘. The reason I was eager for it’s release was because as far as I knew there were no cookbooks out there with recipes for true anaerobic ferments. Since I switched my ferment methods this past spring from the mason jar method I learned from Nourishing Traditions and Wild Fermentation, the resources for recipes were limited. Lisa has been fermenting in this way for many years so I knew her book would be a phenominal resource for me. The book has not disappointed me one bit! I have tried several of the recipes and used it as a resource to adapt many of my own recipes to anaerobic ferments.

What this eBook contains:

Lisa discusses in full the benefits of fermented foods. She explains the difference between fermentation and pickling, as well as the difference between wild ferments and controlled ferments. She digs into why anaerobic is best for most ferments, and shares the best options for starters and brines. Also, dispelling why the use of whey as a starter is not a good option, especially if you use an anaerobic vessel, such as the Pickl-It.  She teaches the keys to successful fermenting and answers lots of common questions in the Ferment FAQs section. This is all based on science and the art of fermentation, not just someone’s random experimenting in the kitchen, like many other ferment books out there.

The Beverage section includes thorough ‘How To’s’ for kombucha, beet kvass, water kefir and gingerale. Lisa’s recipe for beet kvass and method is the best one I’ve tried yet and I’ve been making kvass for years and thought I had it down pretty good. I learned a lot from Lisa on how to perfect my kvass even further. The Vegetable section includes condiments, the stages of lacto-fermentation (something I never heard before in all my years of fermenting), a thorough detailed section on how to make sauerkraut and kimchi, and more recipes for other veggie ferments. Keep in mind, she explains the biochemistry behind cabbage ferments. This is not common in most real food fermenting books or circles, yet it is critical to understand if you want an optimally nutritious ferment loaded with good lactic acid bacteria. She also shares ideas on how to use leftover brine. There is a section on Dairy ferments with lots of solid information to optimize your dairy ferments. A section on fermenting starches includes a recipe for dosas which I can’t wait to try. Finally, she has even more recipes in a section called ‘Ferment Companions’ of nutrient dense foods with optimal digestion in mind. I really do love this book and I’ve shared two recipes on my site recently, one directly from the book and one with a her recipe for mayo along with tips on how to properly soak and prepare potatoes. You can check out the Kefir Fruit Leather and Probiotic Rich Purple & White Fingerling Potato Salad to get a small taste of what you will be getting in the eBook. Purchase a copy here!

I will be giving away ONE FREE COPY of the eBook only! Be sure to enter to win – giveaway ends October 28th at midnight! I will also note that Lisa is offering a discount to all my readers for a copy of the eBook only (not the hard cover edition) – $15.99 off the full price gets you the book for $21! Be sure to plug in the code DIVINE when you check out and then click update cart! Click here if you want to purchase a copy now!


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LydiaLydia Joy Shatney is a certified Nutritional Therapist Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association. Additionally, she is the chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation in Delaware County, Pa. (Find the group here on Facebook). Lydia is also a member of the Nourished Living Network. Lydia founded Divine Health in March of 2010. You can find Lydia on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest.

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Betheny October 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Great give away!!


Ann C. October 23, 2012 at 6:47 am

This book looks like it is loaded with great info and recipes! I would love to win a copy! :)


Kim October 23, 2012 at 8:35 am

I enjoy your blog…thanks for all of the tips and recipes! I\’ve been checking this book out lately and hope to win :)


Yulia October 23, 2012 at 8:56 am

Perfect timing!


Micaela Marques October 23, 2012 at 9:02 am

Thanks for hosting this giveaway!


Valerie B. October 23, 2012 at 9:25 am

Thanks for all of your hard work on this blog and for the opportunity to win this book. :)


Stephanie October 23, 2012 at 10:17 am

Looks like an awesome book!


Steph October 23, 2012 at 10:18 am

Love the blog! Looks like a wonderful book!!


martine October 23, 2012 at 10:30 am

Thanks for this amazing giveaway!


Melanie Christner October 23, 2012 at 10:32 am

Looks like a great E-book:)


Nichole October 23, 2012 at 11:44 am

I’ve been wanting this book! thanks for the giveaway!


Heather October 23, 2012 at 11:44 am

Thanks for sharing Lydia! I would love to own a resource that’s giving me great info and guidance to better health :)


devon October 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm

looks like a great reference


Jada October 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm

This is the next step for my family in our journey for excellent nutrition! We would love to win and get started on being a more \”cultured\” family!


leda October 23, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I have been wanting this book; thanks for the giveaway!


Andrea October 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I would LOVE some more fermenting tips!!! (and recipes!)


Maureen October 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm

I have this from our local library right now. It\’s awesome! Must have a copy for myself.


April October 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Oh my goodness this sounds perfect! Thanks so much for the giveaway, I\’ll be crossing my fingers!


Rachael October 23, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I would love to have more fermentation recipes!


Sarah M October 23, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Would be very interested in taking a look at this book.


Christine October 24, 2012 at 10:46 am

This book looks awesome! Just what I need considering I am trying to start GAPS intro and have mold and candida issues. I was getting frustrated trying to figure out what I was going to do, especially due to financial constraints. Thanks for the opportunity to win!


Cristina Eury October 24, 2012 at 10:52 am

I\’m really curious about this subject!


Kay Holliday October 24, 2012 at 11:19 am

Would love to learn more about fermenting. I have been suffering from systemic candida since last Nov.


Rachel D. October 24, 2012 at 11:35 am

Ooh, I need help with fermenting. I did it the Nourishing traditions way and then had a bad batch and now I’m nervous about trying again.


Bridgette October 24, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I\’ve been \”testing the waters\” with ferments for about 2 years now, but in the end I almost always give up and chicken out. This would be a great reference to give me the push I need to really make it happen!


Rachel October 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I’d love to get a new take on fermenting!!


amy October 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm

just what i need to get started!


Carrie October 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I think I could learn a lot form this book!


Tehi October 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I\’m brand new to fermenting and it all seems kind of scary. I would love to have this book as my guide.


loura October 26, 2012 at 7:42 am

Just found your blog. Love it!


Kathleen October 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Looks like a great book. I\’d love to win it.


Andrea October 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm

This book is on my wish list!


Tina October 27, 2012 at 11:07 pm

I love the budget blog and all of your honesty. I have been trying to stick to the same budget and was thrilled to see I\’m not the only one. Heehee. Keep up the awesome job!


Robbie Wood October 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm

This book looks so good. I sure would love to be able to learn about other things to ferment besides saurkraut and kim chi.
Then of course, I\’d be able to help others learn too. Thank you for the amazing giveaway!


Sarah October 28, 2012 at 5:34 pm

The book sounds good!!


Michelle Sines October 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Thank you so much for the offer to enter this giveaway! I\’ve been studying & researching all of this for some time now. would love to be able to purchase the book, however, finances need to improve before I can do that. Thanks again!


Carolyn October 28, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Thanks for the giveaway!


Cyndi Sammons October 28, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Me, me, me!! I want to win! I have my air locks, jars, great salt, and my veggies. Turns out I am intimidated and I just stare at the stuff on my counter. I don\’t have any books to begin my journey and this would be perfect! I have looked through your recipes and They look wonderful. Guess I need to quit being a scaredy-cat and go for it!


Kris W. October 28, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Hi, thanks for the giveaway! I don\’t do twitter but I do subscribe to your facebook and blog newsletter.


Julie October 28, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I would love a chance at this book!


Amy October 28, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I love reading your blog…very helpful! Thanks!


Debby October 28, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I enjoy your blog. Great giveaway!!


Faye October 28, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I would LOVE to win this book. I\’m hoping to start GAPS very soon and really want to get some different ways of getting probiotics in to me and my very picky daughter! Very excited about this!!!



Jennifer October 28, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Excited to find your blog. Surprised I didn’t find it sooner.


Bonny October 28, 2012 at 8:49 pm

love love love pickles! would love to win this!


Juanita October 28, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I need this book!!! 😉


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