Cultures Across Cultures: An Intro to Fermented Foods

By Anyi Cheng

Bacteria is something that scares a lot of people. From childhood, we’re encouraged to avoid germs — namely, bacteria, but also all the other micro-beings that might cause us to become ill. Would it shock you to learn that a human’s microbiome (I won’t say “the” microbiome, because each of us is made up of a completely unique assortment of eukaryotes) is very much linked to other states of our wellbeing? Beyond just improving digestion, our gut flora is responsible for our mental health, our immune system, and a whole host of…