Sunday, November 7, 2021

Qimin Yaoshu: Lessons for Today from 5th Century China
Mara Jane King
Mara Jane King
IE Hospitality, Director of Fermentation

Qimin Yaoshu ("Essential Arts for the People's Welfare"), an agricultural treatise first published in 540 CE, details in 92 chapters how a 5th/6th century estate in North China would have been managed.  Beyond its value as a working history for agricultural practices, the Qimin Yaoshu contains numerous recipes for cooking, fermentation and other preservation practices including the first complete recipes for making Qu, or what has become more widely known today as Koji. Join Mara King in a deep dive into the Qimin Yaoshu. What does it mean for a food system to have an agricultural guide? Delving in to the recipes in the Qimin Yaoshu, what do these guides for creating fermented foods from 5th Century China teach us about building robust and low waste systems today?

Monday, November 8, 2021