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:
- Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking  – Reference
- The New Feminist Agenda  – Women’s Studies
- Lynn Margulis  – Biography
- Nuclear Roulette  – Ecology and Environment
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!