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From its origins in Woodstock, New York, The Overlook Press has always specialized in publishing books that celebrate the rich landscape, art, foods, and history of the Hudson Valley and Catskills regions. From Alf Evers’ classic histories Woodstock, The Catskills, and Kingston, to Vernon Benjamin’s new comprehensive History of the Hudson River Valley; from Peter G. Rose’s timeless Foods of the Hudson to Derek Dellinger’s timely memoir documenting today’s fermentation craze The Fermented Man; from Patricia Edwards Clyne’s Hudson Valley Tales and Trails to naturalist Leslie Sharpe’s critically acclaimed The Quarry Fox, The Overlook Press presents the best of 45 years of independent publishing on the Catskills and Hudson River Valley region.

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Catskill Rambles
$22.95
An evocative collection of essays. Learn More

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The Catskills
$45.00
An illustrated chronicle of the region. Learn More

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The Fermented Man
$28.95
Fermentation is all the rage in health and fitness circles, but can a person live for one year on nothing but fermented foods? One brave homebrewer tries to find out.

On January 1, 2014, homebrewer and writer Derek Dellinger began a journey that would change nearly everything he thought he knew about fermented food and beverage—and as a beer expert, he knew a lot. For an entire year, Dellinger would eat or drink only products that had been created by microbes. Exploring the vast world of fermentation, Dellinger became the living embodiment of its cultural and nutritional power—he became the Fermented Man.

In this entertaining and informative narrative, Dellinger catalogs his year spent on this unorthodox diet, revealing insights about the science of fermentation, as well as its cultural history, culinary value, and nutritional impact along the way. He goes beyond yogurt and sauerkraut to show us how fermentation occurs in a wide range of foods we might never have expected, and is at the root of many unique delicacies around the world. From foraging for living bacteria in the modern American grocery store, to sampling mucousy green Century Eggs in Chinatown, to an epic winter quest to Iceland for rotten shark meat, Dellinger investigates a realm of forgotten foods that is endlessly complex and surprisingly flavorful. And despite our collective aversion to bacteria, Dellinger’s experience and research reveals that it is these same microbes that may hold the key to our health and diets.

With bonus recipes for readers who are eager to get off the page and into the kitchen, The Fermented Man is an adventure story, culinary history, and science project all in one.


Praise for The Fermented Man

“In this tell-all food memoir, Dellinger recounts the highs and lows of the experiment, delves into the science and history of fermentation, and examines its culinary value and nutritional impact. With an engaging writing style and keen sense of humor, he jumps into Michael Pollan food territory with a Hemingwayesque sense of personal adventure” - Chronogram

“Dellinger brings his bubbling ferments to the page, helping to propel American food culture into a more delightful and nutritious future. Through his eyes and gut we get a unique invitation to taste a surprising array of foods as alive as our own bodies. Do not be disconcerted. Let this delicious state of affairs expand your mind—and what you eat.” - David Montgomery and Anne Biklé, authors of The Hidden Half of Nature

“Do not think that Derek Dellinger's fifty-two weeks eating only fermented food translated into a year of deprivation, a year of sauerkraut and yogurt; cheese, pastrami, salami, corned beef, prosciutto, gravlaks, sourdough bread, cultured butter, and of course beer, wine, and kombucha are all fermented foods, so his task was fun, doable—and healthy! And since true fermented foods are mostly produced by artisans, the move back to healthy food and interesting flavors will naturally favor small local production over factory-produced food-like substances. A very enjoyable read for those on the real food journey.” - Sally Fallon Morell, President, The Weston A. Price Foundation

“Derek Dellinger has crafted a personal tale that is much in keeping with what we are as humans. Fermented foods and beverages have been fundamental to the human condition since we first appeared in the Paleolithic period on the planet, and have much to do with what we are today, physically and culturally.” - Patrick E. McGovern, author of Uncorking the Past and Ancient Wine

“Dellinger ably explains the wide range of fermented foods, the role flavor plays, health benefits, and the basic processes, and he includes a few recipes. The author hopes his intriguing experiments will open eyes and palates to the culinary and health benefits of fermented foods.” - Kirkus



Derek Dellinger is a writer, brewer, and fermentation enthusiast based in the Hudson Valley. He is the brewmaster at Kent Falls Brewing Company, the first farmhouse brewery in the state of Connecticut (and undoubtedly the only brewery in the area spontaneously fermenting beers outside of a barn in an old milk chiller). Derek also writes about homebrewing, fermentation, food, and beer for a number of publications, including his blog, www.bear-flavored.com.
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The Fermented Man
$16.95
The fermentation craze has been sweeping the nation, but can a person live for one year on nothing but pickles, beer, and other fermented food and drinks? One brave homebrewer tries to find out. Learn More

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Foods of the Hudson (Paperback)
$16.95
Sensational recipes from the Hudson Valley. Learn More

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The Fruit and Vegetable Stand
$23.95
The classic companion to fruits and vegetables perfect for the food lover, the naturalist, and anybody else who appreciates nature's bounty. Learn More

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The History of the Hudson River Valley
$45.00
In the tradition of Carl Carmer and Alf Evers, the grand, sweeping history of the storied region where America was truly born and the war for independence waged. Learn More

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The History of the Hudson River Valley Boxed Set
$85.00
The two essential volumes of the grand, sweeping history of the storied region where America was truly born and came of age, now available in a handsome boxed set Learn More

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The History of The Hudson River Valley: From the Civil War to Modern Times
$45.00
The concluding volume of Vernon Benjamin’s acclaimed history of the Hudson River Valley, spanning from the post-Civil War period, through the twentieth century, and into the present day.

Called “thoroughly informative and approachable” by The New York Times, Vernon Benjamin’s The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War presented nearly 250 years of the Hudson River Valley’s dynamic past with unmatched richness and detail. And now with The History of the Hudson River Valley: from the Civil War to Modern Times, Benjamin completes his historical account of the region by taking readers from the post-Civil War period into the present day.

Here we see the formation of the great estates of the Valley, including the Rockefellers, Sunnyside, and Olana, and the book shows us how the turn to the twentieth century brought a new era of population growth and prosperity to the region. A young Franklin Delano Roosevelt takes his first political steps in the New York senate during this time, and Thomas Dewey’s work as the New York State governor morphed him into a viable candidate on the national political stage as well. In short, the twentieth-century Hudson River Valley was a hotbed of wealth, influence, and culture, a vibrant scene of American development as significant as any our country has seen.

By taking his narrative all the way into the post-September 11th present moment, Vernon Benjamin finishes his engaging, readable, and comprehensive history of one of America’s most significant and culturally important regions. Richly illustrated and meticulously researched, The History of the Hudson River Valley will be the definitive text on the subject for years to come.


Vernon Benjamin has lectured on the history of the Hudson Valley at Marist College and Bard College since 2003. He holds a Masters in Literature from Long Island University and a Bachelors in Sociology from Siena College. A former editor of the New Saugerties Times, he has written extensively on the Hudson Valley for various publications and has appeared on C-SPAN. He lives in Saugerties, New York.
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Hudson Valley Faces & Places (Paperback)
$19.95
Hudson Valley Faces and Places takes an excursion into the incomparable Hudson, focusing on personalities who have left their mark on the region. Learn More

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