Michael Harlan Turkell // Acid Trip


"I only hope people actually go out and visit vinegar makers and vinegar factories and breweries … in the same way they would have a vineyard and taste wine because it's also so amazing to taste that product in its place."

—Michael Harlan Turkell

This week, we're excited to welcome Michael Harlan Turkell to SALT + SPINE, the podcast on stories behind cookbooks.

Michael Harlan Turkell is an award-winning photographer, podcast host, and author of Acid Trip: Travels in the World of Vinegar. One of Michael's first memorable run-ins with acid wasn't in the kitchen, but in the dark room developing film in school. Years later, however, a forgotten bottle of wine turned to vinegar, which launched a global pursuit of vinegar and the people, places, and history that influence the pantry staple.

“Most chefs will tell you if a dish is missing something, it’s acid.”
— Michael Harlan Turkell

We sat down with Michael at San Francisco's The Civic Kitchen cooking school to talk about the stories behind Acid Trip: Travels in the World of Vinegar