▪ Fermented Vegetables
$24.95; Storey Publishing; 375 pages; www.storey.com
From traditional (New York-style dill pickles) to esoteric (saltwort?), this new how-to book by Kirsten and Christopher Shockey is destined to be a classic for those fixated on fermenting. Covering all aspects from equipment to technique, it’s an easy-to-follow guide that may actually persuade you to try those pickled cranberries on your morning cream cheese bagel. The married authors run a 40-acre family farm in Southern Oregon, as well as a blog called – what else? – Fermentista (www.fermentista.us).
Sahale Crunchers Fruit & Almond Snack
$4.50 for 4-ounce bag; Sprouts, Rite Aid, Costco and other retailers; www.sahalesnacks.com
Bored with the usual lineup of granola mixes, we sought something … well, different. And we found it when we recently plucked the last bag of Sahale Crunchers Fruit & Almond Snack off the supermarket shelf. We had the cherries-apples-maple version. Sahale suggests adding the mix to salads, yogurt, oatmeal and ice cream. A fine notion, if you can actually get it home and into the kitchen.
▪ UC Davis’ Vintage Wine Tasting
$200; 5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 13; Robert Mondavi Institute Sensory Theater; registration.ucdavis.edu
Local aficionados of fine aged wines, take note. The next installment of UC Davis’ Vintage Wine Tasting series is Nov. 13 with a flight that focuses on the 1960s. This ongoing series, with discussion led by Darrell Corti, has previously included tastings of decades-old bottles from Burgundy and California, but is now going back to Bordeaux, including a taste of 1962 Château Lafite-Rothschild. Ticket proceeds benefit UC Davis’ viticulture and enology department. (392 Old Davis Road, Davis).
▪ Hardbite Eat Your Parsnips Chips
$7.99 for 5.2 ounce bag; Taylor’s and Amazon.com; www.hardbitechips.com
Parsnips – those white, carrot-looking veggies that rarely if ever make it into your supermarket cart – are underrated. Canadian artisanal chip-maker (and farmer) Pete Schouten gives the root a little love with these dense, slightly sweet and crunchy snacks that are a surprisingly tasty alternative to potatoes.
▪ Reed’s Crystallized Ginger Candy
$7 for 16-ounce bag; Local retailers; www.reedsinc.com
Fans of Reed’s super-pungent ginger ale will love this simple candy made in the South Pacific for the L.A.-based company – it’s just bite-sized chunks of baby ginger stewed in raw cane syrup, creating gummy interior coated in a crisp layer of sugar.
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