About a year ago, Rial asked me if I had heard of Kombucha. Together, we looked into it, and thought it sounded intriguing. This “magical elixir” had mysterious roots and boasted many benefits from longer life, better gut health, and weight loss. A couple of days later, I coincidentally saw a post from a friend on Facebook. “I have some extra Kombucha SCOBYs, does anyone want one?” I obviously said, “YES!” and jumped right into the world of brewing Kombucha.
For the past year I have basically brewed pretty boring ‘booch and I’ve been satisfied. I like the bubbly, tart flavor. I enjoyed the relaxed feeling it gave me. My kids also enjoyed it. My husband, however did not. I brewed and drank Kombucha for a while, until I got lazy and left my SCOBY in the fridge for a couple months. Two weeks ago, Rial said to me, “Do something with it or give it away.” At this point, my beautiful SCOBY was a 3″ solid blob. I peeled the top layer off, determined to once again brew and then sliced the remainder into 4 sections and offered it to my friends on Facebook.
About a week ago, I logged on to Blogging For Books to post my review for The Nourished Kitchen and see what new review copies were available. I saw Kombucha Revolution and snagged it immediately! It arrived a couple of days later and I’ve read and re-read several times!
Kombucha Revolution was authored by Stephen Lee, co-founder of Tazo Tea and Stash Tea. His tea experience is evident and the book is basically a “cook book” of Kombucha. It includes homebrews, infusions, juices and smoothies, spirited cocktails, dressings and dunks, kombucha at the table, and sweets and ices. I particularly enjoyed reading about how to use kombucha in cooking, since prior to this book I had only been drinking it.
While Rial is still not a fan, he’s given me one more opportunity to test his kombucha pallet. This week I’m brewing some green tea Kombucha for a milder infusion in hopes that he joins me in my own personal Kombucha Revolution.
If you’d like to pick up your own copy, you can find it here.
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