Mastering Fermentation

“Mary Karlin has done it again, getting me all excited about the passions we share, as she previously did with cheesemaking and wood-fired cooking.”
Peter Reinhart,
author of Artisan Bread Everyday and Bread Baker’s Apprentice.

“Mastering Fermentation is full of recipes and ideas that are imminently doable and also delicious”.
Deborah Madison,
author of Vegetable Literacy and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

Artisan Cheese Making at Home

“Part cookbook, part textbook, and part travel guide through the world of hand-crafted cheeses, Artisan Cheese Making at Home is both educational and inspirational”.
Jill Giacomini Basch,
Managing Partner, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company

“If you thought reading about making cheese couldn’t be exciting, this book will change your mind. Mary Karlin’s expert advice, instruction, and passion for cheese making come together to create a page-turning tome that allows us to become DIYers and artisans all at once.”
Laura Werlin,
author of Mac and Cheese, Please! and Laura Werlin’s Cheese Essentials

Wood-Fired Cooking

“A wood fire is always the heart and hearth of a social gathering—I never feel more at home than when I'm cooking over the flames. Mary Karlin's comprehensive and beautiful book introduces you to one of our most ancient, basic, and satisfying ways to cook.”
Alice Waters,
founder and co-owner of Chez Panisse and author of The Art of Simple Food

“In Wood-Fired Cooking, Mary Karlin combines the romance of the fire with practical information and really delicious recipes that are easy to prepare. A surefire hit.”
Joyce Goldstein,
chef and author of Back to Square One and Italian Slow and Savory

Recommended Reading

Here is a short sampling of some of my favorite books and periodicals. I’m sure you’ll enjoy investigating them, perhaps adding them to your reference library, and gleaning information for your personal lives. This list will evolve as new publications on timely related topics become available.


  • Brewing Quality Beers: The Homebrewer’s Essential Guidebook Byron Burch
  • Clean Gut Alejandro Junger, MD
  • Cooked Michael Pollan
  • Cooking by Hand Paul Bertolli
  • Gut and Psychology Syndrome Natasha Campbell-McBride
  • Healing Spices Bharat Aggarwal and Debora Yost
  • Ideas in Food Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot
  • Peter Reinhart’s Whole Grain Breads Peter Reinhart
  • Probiotic Foods for Good Health Beatrice Trum Hunter
  • Real Food: What to Eat and Why Nina Planck