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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. . .


10 Books to Curl Up With This Winter

William Wordsworth was right when he said, “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” Nevertheless, the cold, dark days of winter can still get the best of even Nature’s most tenderhearted admirer. What’s one to do? We here at Chelsea Green have concocted the perfect cabin fever remedy with our suggested winter reading […] Read More..

Top 8 Chelsea Green Books the Self-Styled Oregon Militia Should Read

The ongoing armed militia occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon is showing no signs of ending — so, rather than send them snacks, or sex toys, we had an idea: Send them a book! Better yet, send them several Chelsea Green books. Don’t worry, we’ve picked five key titles that we think […] Read More..

Tracing the History of Cheddar with Cheesemonger Gordon Edgar

Cheddar is the world’s most ubiquitous and beloved cheese. You can find it nearly everywhere from macaroni and mousetraps to McDonald’s and mansions. Any cheese with so many fans has a story to tell, and Gordon Edgar is just the cheesemonger to tell it.In his book, Cheddar, Edgar traces the unexplored history of America’s most iconic cheese. Traveling […] Read More..

Winter Survival Tips From Mat Stein

Now that temperatures have started to dip below freezing and most folks living in colder climates have witnessed their first snow flurries of the season, it’s time to get serious about winter preparedness. Make sure you are ready for stormy weather and extreme cold on your next road trip with these winter driving tips from […] Read More..

A Book for the Fruit Nerd on Your Holiday Gift List

Have a fruit enthusiast on your holiday shopping list this year? Then give the gift that Booklist calls, “a thorough investigation of one wonderful fruit”—The Book of Pears by Joan Morgan.Sure cherries, plums, peaches, and other fruits have their unique qualities, but nothing quite compares to the pear’s luscious texture, richness of taste, and fragrance reminiscent […] Read More..
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