In addition to being this important mode of transformation for foods and beverages, fermentation is also an engine of social change.”

As a child growing up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Sandor Katz loved sour pickles. He later moved to a queer commune in rural Tennessee where hisĀ surroundings allowed him to deepen his knowledge of and passion for fermentation, a practice so ancient that we have no record of its origins.

Hear Katz’s story in this Joe York film, created to honor Sandor as SFA’s 2014 winner of the Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award. Dig deeper with our podcast about Sandor Katz and Louise Frazier, whom fermentation has helped to cope with illness and aging.