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Congratulations to Our Finalists and Winners!

This week started off with some fantastic news: The Art of Fermentation is in the running for a James Beard Foundation book award! Nominated in the Reference and Scholarship category, Sandor Katz’s tome on all things fermented automatically joins the ranks of nominees vying for the foundation’s prestigious Cookbook of the Year.

We’ve got our fingers crossed for Katz to capture this prize, which would add to the already impressive list of accomplishments for his latest book, including landing a spot on the New York Times Bestseller list, and helping lead Chelsea Green to a year of record sales.

In the meantime, Katz is not alone in earning accolades this awards season. Several Chelsea Green titles are in the running for prestigious awards, and a few have already come home with the grand prize.


  • The American Horticultural Society Book Award was announced last week, and Chelsea Green books took two of the five slots. Janisse Ray’s The Seed Underground (“This book immediately drove me to action,” says Kathy LaLiberte, who was inspired to seek out rare sweet potato varieties to grow. “It has the power to have a profound ripple effect among gardeners as well as in popular culture,” she adds.), and John Navazio’s The Organic Seed Grower (“There’s nothing else like this guide with so much detail about how to protect the diversity of open-pollinated plants,” says Hurst.)
  • And sweeping yet another award, Janisse Ray also won the American Society of Journalists and Authors’s Arlene Eisenberg Award for Writing that Makes a Difference for The Seed Underground.


  • The International Association of Culinary Professionals announced its finalists last month, and we’re proud to be among them. IACP Cookbook Award Finalists include: Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking, Art of Fermentation (going head-to-head in the Food and Beverage Reference/Technical category), and Cheese and Culture (in the Culinary History category)
  • As mentioned above, The Art of Fermentation is a James Beard Foundation Book Award finalist in Reference and Scholarship category, marking the first time in more than a decade that a Chelsea Green title has been a finalist for a Beard award. Read the full list of nominees here (PDF).

Deserving its own entire list, ForeWord Reviews announced finalists for its Book of the Year Awards! We’re nominated in the following categories:

And last but not least, the distributed title Honeycomb Kids is a finalist in the Family & Relationships category, as well as the Ecology & Environment category.

Good luck finalists, and congratulations winners!

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“One village of the many—call it Judevine.”The Chelsea Green family was saddened to hear of the death of Vermont poet, author, and friend David Budbill. He died early Sunday morning, September 25, 2016 at his home in Montpelier. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease a year ago, and was in steady decline.In 1991, Chelsea […] Read More

Celebrate Homesteading Month with Chelsea Green

It’s September, which means it’s time to celebrate homesteading: Pose a question, tell a story, win a book!That’s right, September is International Homesteading Education Month, and throughout the month we’ll be publishing some of our favorite homesteading tips, techniques, and even recipes. We’ll be featuring authors Carol Deppe, Janisse Ray, Ben Hewitt, Philip Ackerman-Leist, as […] Read More

Hop Grower’s Handbook Wins Silver for Garden Writing

We’re “hopping” for joy at Chelsea Green for authors Laura Ten Eyck and Dietrich Gehring as they’ve been honored with a Silver Medal by GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators for their book The Hop Grower’s Handbook.Laura and Deitrich won the prestigious honor in the Writing category for a technical/reference book of greater than 120 […] Read More

Gene Logsdon: Contrary Farmer & Rural Philosopher (1931-2016)

One of Chelsea Green’s most prolific writers, thinkers, and all-around curmudgeonly but lovable farmer — Gene Logsdon — died this week. We were heartbroken to hear the news, and many of us who have worked with Gene over the years  began to think of all the ways in which we were the better for not […] Read More
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