Welcome to Splendid Table Selects, where we often take a deeper look at the ingredients that change the way we cook. One such ingredient is miso, the fermented bean paste that packs a major umami punch. A lot of us think of miso as an ingredient that makes a soup base, but it’s so much more interesting and complex than that. Kristen Shockey teaches the art of fermentation around the world and at her homestead in Oregon. She and her husband, Christopher, have co-authored a number of books on the subject including their latest Miso, Tempeh, Natto and Other Tasty Ferments. (They also run a fermentation blog Ferment Works.) Kirsten talked with our Managing Producer Sally Swift about the huge difference miso can make to a variety of dishes; she also shared these insightful step-by-step instructions for making miso at home.