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“Eating is an Agricultural Act.”

Every meal you choose can affect the world around you. From the carbon footprint of what’s in your sandwich to the way you cook your pasta.

Here at Chelsea Green we believe that food is one of the best ways to start thinking about sustainability. Food connects us to the Earth, and to all the other beings we depend upon. So thinking about food can lead a person to care for those beings, make choices that heal instead of harm, and consider the deep meanings associated with this simplest of needs.

September is Food Education Month, but we’re always learning about food! We explore the tiniest creatures that make our sauerkraut and yogurt tangy, the leafy greens and perennial fruits that fill our gardens, and the big guys, chickens and cattle, that help keep pastures lush and stews hearty.

To help you continue your food education, we’ve put a selection of books on sale until October 2. Enjoy!
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The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World In his new book, Katz expertly contextualizes fermentation in terms of biological and cultural evolution, health and nutrition, and even economics — but this is primarily a compendium of practical information. In it you will learn how the processes work; parameters for safety; techniques for effective preservation; troubleshooting; and more. Sandor Katz featured in the New York Times Dining section! .
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Cheese and Culture: A History of Cheese and its place in Western Civilization Cheese isn’t just the most delicious food group in the pyramid — wait, you say cheese isn’t a food group? Huh… Well let’s not argue over piddly details. Let’s take a look at the history of this unctuous, pungent, beautiful food! Paul Kindstedt’s new book Cheese and Culture shows that western civilization is closely associated with cheese — and has been for thousands of years. . . .
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The Farmer and the Grill: A Guide to Grilling, Barbecuing and Spit-Roasting Grassfed Meat…and for saving the planet one bite at a time It’s been said that a vegan diet can save the planet. But if you’re not willing or able to give up the pleasures of steak, chicken, pork, and other meats, another great option is to go grass-fed. The key to getting the most out of pasture-raised meats, though, is understanding how to cook them properly. In The Farmer and the Grill, Hayes offers useful tips on grilling, barbecuing, and spit-roasting all cuts of pasture-raised meats: beef, lamb, pork, and poultry.  . .
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Meat: A Benign Extravagance To further the small-scale, grass-fed, organic-or-beyond-meat agenda, we present Simon Fairlie’s fairly encyclopedic tome, Meat. Fairlie’s research argues for permaculture — not a vegan diet. He says that, while we in the west currently eat far too much meat to be sustainable, there is a way to include meat in a planet-friendly diet. If you’re expecting to get into a heated discussion with your vegetarian sister over Thanksgiving, it’d be great to have this book’s valuable info under your belt!  . . .
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Whole Foods Companion: A Guide for Adventurous Cooks, Curious Shoppers, and Lovers of Natural Foods If you’re the kind of cook who loves to know all about her ingredients, this is the book for you. With entries on more than 400 foods, you will discover nutritional value, general information, buying tips, culinary uses, and, when appropriate, health benefits, lore and legend, by-products, and descriptions of the more popular varieties. Whole Foods Companion is a detailed and invaluable guide for all curious cooks. . .


Ready, Set, Forage: Pick Pawpaws, Win a Book!

It’s pawpaw picking time! As we cruise into fall, the change in season often evokes images of apple picking and pie-eating. But apples aren’t the only fruit reaching their prime this time of year. Lesser known but equally delicious is the pawpaw. Described as a cross between a banana and a mango, this exotic-looking fruit […] Read More..

Recipe: How to Make the Perfect Pancake

When most people think pancakes, they think breakfast. But for Amy Halloran, breakfast is only the start.Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket, is a self-described pancake connoisseur. From a young age, she was entranced by the magic of bubbly batter rising to fluffy cakes on the griddle. Over time, her love of pancakes developed […] Read More..

What in the World is a Pawpaw?

Have you heard of the pawpaw? A few generations ago, most would say “yes!” You could ask just about anyone and they could tell you what this fruit looked and tasted like, and more importantly, where to find it. But today, the pawpaw remains a mystery to some and entirely unknown to others. In Pawpaw: […] Read More..

5 Creative Summer Drinks to Help You Cool Off

Now that we’re in the “dog days” of summer, the heat can feel a little unrelenting. There’s no better way to cool off than with a refreshing, cold beverage – especially when that beverage is made with local, organic ingredients and can give you an added health boost! While our experienced foragers and nutrition experts […] Read More..

Beat the Heat and Be Good to Your Gut: Dairy-Free Ice Cream Recipes

Recent research has shown that the trillions of microbes living in our gut, also known as our microbiome, can affect both our brain function and our mood and can be linked to a number of disorders ranging from allergies and asthma to autism, ADD, depression, and more. What we ingest can either help or hurt […] Read More..