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Make Your Own Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut with live cultures is packed with health benefits.

When it comes to probiotic-rich foods, yogurt gets all the fanfare but sauerkraut with live cultures contains a wider variety of probiotic strains, and arguably more health benefits.  But why choose when you can enjoy both foods? 

Sadly the art of making homemade sauerkraut has dwindled ov…

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20 Surprising Reasons to LOVE Bacteria

Kimchi offers a wide variety of probiotic strains.


Few people would say they love bacteria and, indeed, it may come as a surprise to learn that there are any reasons to love bacteria at all but after poring through medical journals, I found that there are at least 20 reasons to love probiotic (health-supporting) bacteria.  They are:


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World's Easiest Vegan Yogurt

Vegan Yogurt with Cherries and Pomegranate

One day while I was busy straining whey from a batch of homemade dairy-free yogurt, and waiting for what seemed like way too much time, I said to myself “there must be a better way.”  I knew that yogurt had been made this way for hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of years, but that was when yogurt…

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O Christmas Cheese! O Christmas Cheese! (Vegan)

Cranberry Cracked Peppercorn Cheese (Vegan)

Photo credit: Michelle Schoffro Cook, All rights reserved.

O Christmas Cheese! O Christmas Cheese! How lovely are your flavors.

O Christmas Cheese! O Christmas Cheese! How silky are your textures.

Not only gluten-free and dairy-free, but also packed with probios.

O Christmas Cheese! …

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7 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar + Recipe

Making Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar is Easier than You Think

There are countless claims on the Internet about seemingly miraculous health benefits of apple cider vinegar consumption, but is it all true?  I hit the research journals to separate fact from fiction and proven claims from the Internet-sustained urban myths. 

I discovered that apple cider …

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How to Make Fermented Pickles

An assortment of fermented foods

Today is #NationalPickleDay! To If you’ve ever tried naturally-fermented pickles, you’ll never go back to vinegar-based ones. Not only is the flavor much more complex and superior to their counterparts, they are also full of health-promoting probiotics. Thankfully, they are also simple to make. Lo…

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Aged Miso Cheese

Aged Miso Cheese--Vegan

Earlier I mentioned that there are many types of starter cultures that can be used in plant-based cheese-making.  Miso is one of my favorites.  It has a mild, naturally-aged and rich, slightly nutty flavor that beautifully lends itself to aged plant-based cheeses.  I started a recent holiday tra…

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25 Great Ways to Get More Fermented Foods in Your Diet

Most people know that fermented foods build great gut health, but a growing body of research shows that they build strong immunity, brain health, heart health, and more.  As a result there are more reasons than ever to eat more fermented foods.  Check out my blogs “9 Reasons to Love Sauerkra…

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Meet Dr. Michelle Cook

International best-selling & 20-Time Author Dr. Michelle Schoffro CookHi, I'm Dr. Cook, the Cultured Cook. You may already be familiar with my work. I am an  international best-selling and 20-time book author whose works include: THE CULTURED COOK, 60 SECONDS TO SLIM, THE PROBIOTIC PROMISE, THE ULTIMATE PH SOLUTION.  I am a food and health blogger on, a professional recipe developer, and food photographer. My work and recipes have been featured in Woman's World, First for Women, WebMD, Reader's Digest Best Health, Prevention, Huffington Post,,, Closer Weekly, Vegetarian Times, and many other publications. I'm on a mission to help people become healthier through delicious, nutritious food.

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