Sandor Katz

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Sandor Ellix Katz (born 1962) is an American culinary author, DIY food activist.


Katz is a self-described "fermentation fetishist" and has taught hundreds of fermented food workshops around the United States and his book Wild Fermentation has been called a classic,[1] "the bible for people embarking on DIY projects like sourdough or sauerkraut",[2] and "especially notorious for getting people excited about fermenting food".[3] In 2009, he was named one of Chow magazine's top trendsetters and rabble-rousers.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Born to a Jewish family with origins in Belarus, Katz grew up in New York City.[5] He is openly gay[6] and now lives in a rural, off-the-grid Radical Faerie community in Tennessee.[2][7]

Popular culture[edit]

Katz was the subject of the 2009 song by the punk rock band Propagandhi, "Human(e) Meat (The Flensing of Sandor Katz)," a satirical vegan response to Katz's 2006 chapter on "Vegetarian Ethics and Humane Meat" in The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved.



  1. ^ "An interview with underground foodie hero Sandor Katz". Grist Magazine. 17 May 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "On the Hunt for Wild Yeast: Chatting with home fermentation expert Sandor Ellix Katz". CHOW Magazine. 18 March 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: An Interview with Sandor Ellix Katz". Healing the Earth radio. 15 August 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Lessley Anderson (2 November 2009), The CHOW 13: Sandor Katz, p. 10 
  5. ^ "Pickling Pioneer Preaches Gospel of Fermentation". The Scroll. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Sandor Katz (2006), The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved, Chelsea Green Publishing, p. 95, ISBN 1-933392-11-8 
  7. ^ Winborn, George (30 May 2008), "Fermentation Fervor" (PDF), Just Out: 43 

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