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Chelsea Green’s Award-Winning Books of 2013

The James Beard Foundation. The Society of Environmental Journalists. The American Horticulture Society. The Garden Writers Association. Nautilus. The New York Book Show. ForeWord Reviews. These are just a few of the many prestigious outlets and organizations that honored Chelsea Green authors this past year with top writing and publishing awards.

These awards recognize the quality of our authors’ ideas, the power of their writing, and in some cases, the beauty of the book’s design and presentation.

Topping the awards list in 2013 were three books published in 2012: The Seed Underground by Janisse Ray, The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz, Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking by Gianaclis Caldwell; a fourth top award winner was published in early 2013, The Organic Seed Grower by John Navazio.

Ray’s book was honored with five awards in 2013, from horticultural and garden writers to journalistic organizations. This breadth of awards matches the range and depth of her book, which is a masterfully woven narrative about seeds, seed saving, and the people who are on the frontlines of preserving these heirloom and heritage seeds in a world dominated by the corporate control of seeds.

Caldwell’s gorgeously designed and illustrated cheesemaking book is a must-have for foodies who want to make cheese at home, or even start thinking about selling small batches. Caldwell walks readers through recipes and tips to make top-notch soft and hard rind cheeses. Chelsea Green’s production team also won some deserved credit, too, for the book design awards this book won.

One of the biggest awards this year was the James Beard Foundation Book Award, which was given to Sandor Ellix Katz for his book, The Art of Fermentation. Katz took home the top award in the Best Reference and Scholarship category.

Several other books took home top honors, or came darn close as finalists or honorable mentions. To recap another great year for Chelsea Green authors and our production and editorial teams, the full list of award-winners (and runners-up) are listed below:

The Seed Underground

Won: The Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, Agriculture
Won: Nautilus Award, Gold Book Award, Green Living
Won: Garden Writers Association Awards, Gold Award of Achievement, Writing-Book-General
Won: American Horticultural Society Book Award
Won: American Society of Journalists and Authors, Arlene Eisenberg Award for Writing That Makes a Difference

The Art of Fermentation

Won: James Beard Awards, Best Reference and Scholarship
Finalist: IACP Cookbook Awards, Reference
Finalist: Books for a Better Life Award

Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking

Won: ForeWord Book of the Year, Gold, Reference
Won: New England Book Show Awards, Professional-Illustrated
Won: New York Book Show Awards, Scholarly
Finalist: IACP Cookbook Awards, Reference

The New Feminist Agenda

Won: ForeWord Book of the Year, Bronze, Women’s Studies
Won: Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize

Nuclear Roulette

Finalist: ForeWord Book of the Year, Ecology & Environment

The Organic Seed Grower

Won: Garden Writers Association Awards, Silver Award of Achievement, Publisher/Producer—Book—Technical
Won: American Horticultural Society Book Award

Reinventing Fire

Won: Nautilus Award, Gold Book Award, Business/Leadership
Won: ForeWord Book of the Year, Gold, Business & Economics

The Holistic Orchard – Won: American Horticultural Society Book Award

Taste, Memory – Won: Amazon Best Books of the Year, #9 in Food Literature

Cheese and Culture – Finalist: IACP Cookbook Awards, Culinary History

2052 – Honorable Mention: SEJ Awards: Rachel Carson Environment Book Award

Top-Bar Beekeeping – Finalist: New Mexico Book Awards, Craft/Hobby/How-To


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