By Stephen Lee
10 Speed Press (2014)
A book is pointless if it’s not inspiring. While this book on making kombucha (a fermented probiotic wonderland of delight) and kombucha-laced goodies won’t impact my life the way Alex Haley’s Roots or Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self-Reliance and Other Essays did, it has lit something of the proverbial fire under my butt.
I love kombucha and have made it a few times, but with a heavy dedication to making beer and an occasionally hectic schedule, I haven’t made the same commitment to some of my auxiliary hobbies. Though I’d like to get steady with it, I haven’t. Until now. Thanks, in part, to Mrs. Lisovski, who inspired Stephen Lee to strap on his Speedo and dive headfirst into a really deep vat of delicious tea.
A serial entrepreneur who founded Stash Tea, Tea Tibet , and Tazo Tea, in addition to Kombucha Wonder Drink, Lee knows a thing or two about tea and its effervescent fermented relative.
An informational, quick read, the book offers a short tutorial on kombucha, its history, and how to make it before landing on a recipe revue ranging from kombucha and interesting ways to twist it to juices, smoothies, cocktails, dressings and a number of other ways to include kombucha in a happy and healthy life.
I found success with the recipes I tested and was (okay, here’s that word) inspired to do more to my kombucha than drink it straight or mixed with one or two fruit juices to bend the flavors. I’m now looking forward to infusing it with any number of herbs and spices, as well. And tossing it in a smoothie. And mustard. And coleslaw. And a bunch of other things. And, yep, inspired by Goose Island’s Fleur, probably a beer, as well.
Lee’s knowledge of and passion for kombucha (written in an absolutely kind-sounding tone) is evident in this 160-page hardcover tome from 10 Speed Press. If you’re looking for inspiration to get started with kombucha, I’d suggest Kombucha Revolution for its background, lessons, and non-threatening recipes that you will be itching to try.
FTC disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.