Sandor Katz

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Sandor Ellix Katz
A color image of Sandor Katz, a man in a loosely worn purple plaid shirt and cargo pants with grey hair and two shade of grey mutton chop sideburns and mustache. He is standing at a table in which he is making sauerkraut. He has one hand in the bowl and is making a circular gesture with the other.
Sandor Katz doing a fermentation workshop at the Monticello Heritage Harvest Festival, 12 September 2015
Born 1962 (age 55–56)
Known for Food writer focusing on DIY fermentation
Notable work Wild Fermentation (2003)
The Art of Fermentation (2012)

Sandor Ellix Katz (born 1962) is an American food writer and DIY food activist.


A self-described "fermentation fetishist", Katz has taught hundreds of food workshops around the United States, and his book Wild Fermentation (2003) 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] He was named one of Chow magazine's top trendsetters and rabble-rousers in 2009.[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] an AIDS survivor,[7] and began his fermentation experimentation while living in a rural, off-the-grid Radical Faerie community in Tennessee.[2][8]

Popular culture[edit]

Katz was the subject of the 2009 punk rock song "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 14 September 2015. 
  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. ^ Katz, Sandor. "Who Is Sandorkraut?". 
  8. ^ Winborn, George (30 May 2008), "Fermentation Fervor" (PDF), Just Out, p. 43 [permanent dead link]

External links[edit]

  • TEDx Talk