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FIZZ

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This nifty book about fermentation from different parts of the globe is a good read most especially for those who want to try their luck at fermenting different drinks.

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I was interested in this book because many friends have made kombucha for me, but mostly I saw that it had a recipe for ginger beer which is a drink I use often when making cocktails. If I cans save money on my mixers I'd be very happy and to boot I can now tell my friends that their drink is partially homemade. I thought this book was gorgeous! There are so many illustrations throughout that are just pretty to look at but they also give you a visual for the directions too. The author includes tips which I found interesting because they said if you leave your kombucha brewing for too long that you should just use it as a vinaigrette. I will say though that the tips for each recipe are organized a little weird. Instead of bullet points it is a bunch of down arrows but hey to each their own. I was able to still read it very well. This is a great introductory book to brewing that won't feel like you are just reading a manual.

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange of an honest opinion.

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I really like non-alcoholic fermented drinks such as kombucha and buy them at farmers markets and organic stores. Too often these drinks have added products that reduce/remove the benefits and you can really tell the difference in taste between homemade and store bought. For quite a while now I've thought about making my own fermented drinks but I've put it off as maintaining a scoby seems daunting to me and prone to failure. Provides clear and concise instructions and recipes for fermented drinks such as kefir, kombucha, ginger beer and kvass. I haven't tried to make any yet as the task felt daunting to date, but I feel equipped to take on the task with this helpful accompaniment. This book is for beginners, and explains the fermentation process and health benefits. It sets out the tools that you need (glass jars, funnel, sieve etc) and gives clear direction on hygiene and ideal conditions to avoid spoiling. Good illustrations throughout and I look forward to making my first kombucha :) Thanks to Net Galley and Laurence King Publishing for an advance copy of this book.

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Love this recipe book for fermented drinks.
It goes into the history of some drinks which is nice too.
It supplies some delicious recipes for fermented drinks and really goes into how to ferment them. In a simple informative way with some nice pictures also.
We know how good fermented drinks can be for us. But also how expensive they are to buy! So why not do them at home?

I would recommend.

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An ideal guide to fermenting non-alcoholic drinks (including kefir and kombucha and others I hadn't heard of). It explains the history behind each drink, and provides easy-to-follow recipes (methods). The fermentation process is demystified and alternative ingredients are proposed. Offering plenty of opportunity for the reader to experiment with flavours and build their knowledge as they become more comfortable with the brewing process. The authors enthusiasm for brewing shone through but I'm not entirely convinced with some of the illustrations - it lent a quirky charm but in some instances were superfluous.

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What a fizz-tastic book! I absolutely loved everything from the writers' style, the illustrations, the little histories of each drink and the recipes and variations. I've started a little water kefir and cannot wait to try the other recipes too. Loved it, really loved it!

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Remember early pandemic when everyone started with their tamagotchi sourdoughs and kombucha? Where was this book then? It’s so good! Such fun illustrations and clear instructions. I’m personally so glad to find a recipe perfectly fit to my glass containers without having to do the math. As a Dutchie, what the hell is a gallon? Not in my dictionary. This book has metric measurements, it isn’t too fake holistic about the healthy benefits of fermented drinks, while still being informative. Love it!

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This book is really fun! It’s a deeper dive on fermented beverages and how to make them. The recipes are fairly high level and are more guides than truly recipes, but I found that + the history of each beverage to be enough.

The sections outlined are as follows:
-kombucha
-water kefir
-milk kefir
-ginger beer
-bread kvass
-whey kvass
-mead
-tepache
- cocktails

I grew up drinking bread Kvass so I was excited to see that and learn more! This was an enjoyable book that taught me a lot about a niche subject. I loved the artwork as well!

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What a lovely book! It certainly lives up to its name Fizz. It's brimming with ideas for drinks you can make at home. Kombucha and kefir are on many people's lips, but have you ever thought of making them yourself? The authors guide you through simple steps to create these tasty drinks and others too including ginger beer and mead and kvass which is made from bread!. There's a section on cocktails too - using the drinks you've made of course!

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I received this book free from NetGalley for an honest review.

I love soda and all things fizzy and I know I can't keep that habit up. I wanted to check out a basic intro guide to making a different drink and this is the book!

Great tips and hints. Easy to follow recipes. Awesome drawings. This is a great starter guide for anyone wanting to get into making their own fermented drinks.

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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A fun and informative book on a variety of carbonated beverages. I thought I was doing pretty well knowing about kombucha, but this introduced me to a number of drinks I've never heard of. I'm eager to try water kefir, which sounds like the kind of drink I'd like. I also appreciated that there was enough background information given that you could understand the process but not so much that it felt overwhelming.

I would have appreciated some photos that show some of the natural variation among drinks, as it's hard to tell from the photos whether you're doing it "right". A troubleshooting section would also be useful.

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Wow what a gorgeously illustrated book. As someone who loves experimenting and making drinks, I have yet to venture into the realm of fermenting at home because it seems incredibly intimidating. The book makes fermenting seem less daunting with its colorful illustrations, simple step by step instructions and elaborates on the chemical and scientific processes that occur. I'm eyeing the DIY kombucha kit my friend gifted me now.

The simple and straightforward writing is great for beginners though more experienced brewers may want to look elsewhere.

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This book is filled with easy and straightforward recipes! I loved all the background of each type of drink and all of the provided variations. This book makes it seem very easy to create your own fermented drinks at home!

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Fizz is all about fermented drinks, and the health benefits that they have. There are detailed directions on each drink, and they are easy to follow. The author makes them sound easy to try, delicious. I want to try the ginger beer. I need to get a few supplies before I can such as ginger and glass bottles, but I think this will definitely be on my list of things to do for this year. If it turns out, it may even make its way into our Christmas gift giving this year with cute crocheted bottle wraps.

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This is a colorful, fun, easy to use guide to making fermented nonalcoholic drinks like kefir, kombucha and kvass. There are brightly colored illustrations throughout but no photos. The text is large and easy to read, and the directions are very simple. It covers about a dozen fermented drinks and also includes a section of cocktails using fermented drinks at the end.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for review.

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I received a free e-copy of Fizz from NetGalley but, I will be purchasing this book in the near future because I want to keep it forever!

This is a beautifully illustrated guide to making different fermented drinks, including kombucha, ginger beer, and mead! The instructions seem very easy to follow the processes are well explained.

I can tell that this was written with a real passion and knowledge of the subject. It's a really well-done novice guide to fermenting your own drinks.

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I just stumbled upon this book today and took it out through NetGalley. I haven't tried any of the recipes but I spent the morning looking through it an was rather impressed. I've made pineapple tepache in the past (both successfully and not) and am uncapable of keeping a sourdough starter alive. That said I love store-bought kombucha and this book makes we want to try all the fermented drinks. I'm going to wait for the weather to warm up and then I want to jump into this book and luxuriate in the tastes.

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Fizz is the perfect book for someone who wants to learn more about and start making fermented non-alcoholic drinks. Starting from Kombucha and even exploring less obvious drinks, like non-alcoholic mead, it tells you about a wide array of drinks.

This isn't just a recipe book. What I liked most was the clear explanations of not only how, but why things worked. The science behind the processes are explained in accessible ways, requiring only a basic understanding of science. On top of that, it gives you some information about the history and cultural background of each drink.

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Ever opened a book on fermentation and closed it just as fast because there was nothing in there you actually wanted to ingest? And it looked as though you'd require a laboratory and warehouse for production? I have, but not with FIZZ. FIZZ is a book that gets to the point and shows you how to make a variety of beverages that you'd enjoy consuming, and that your children might even enjoy consuming, to the betterment of your health. The techniques really are simple, the ingredients obtainable. It's not complicated! And you can save a fortune making these trendy fermented beverages yourself rather than getting then from a high end grocery store.

I received a free review copy of this book in exchange for my independent opinion.

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I read this book very soon after reading "Ferment" by Holly Davis, and could not help but compare the two. "Fizz" is written in a much more casual style, with far fewer technical details. It's focus is eight probiotic drinks, and includes two not mentioned in "Ferment". Specifically bread kvass and tepache. "Ferment", in contrast, has a much broader scope. It includes fermenting techniques for everything from sourdough bread to pickles and includes drinks not in "Fizz".

Both books were clear and understandable, however if you are interested in more of the technical details I would choose "Ferment". It certainly wouldn't hurt to read both.

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