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July is National Grilling Month, The Smokiest, Crispiest of Holidays

Capture the sizzle and excitement of cooking with fire — July is National Grilling Month!

Nothing beats a grassfed steak seared over a charcoal grill, or steamy zucchinis singed on a skewer. Fresh sweet corn, warm and juicy with just a few spots of smoky char. Potatoes cradled in tin foil, tucked in the corner of the grill to absorb the aroma of hickory, smoked chicken, grilled shrimp…I could go on but this keyboard isn’t drool-proof!

To help you celebrate this most perfect of holidays, we’re putting a few choice books on sale for 25% off this week to whet your appetite and inspire you toward delicious, outdoor, dinner creations. Looking for a recipe to suit that plump poultry you picked up at the farmer’s market? Or perhaps you’re curious about the provenance of those hot peppers you’re marinating. Never fear, we’ve got the book for you!

Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail by Kurt Michael Friese, Kraig Kraft, Gary Nabhan
If you’ve ever gazed into the ruby skin of a chile pepper and wondered, where did you come from?…this book is sure to delight. Over a year-long journey, an agroecologist, a chef, and an ethnobotanist set out to find the real stories of America’s rarest heirloom chile varieties.
Cooking Close to Home: A Year of Seasonal Recipes by Diane Imrie & Richard Jarmusz
Created by a nutritionist and a chef, this gorgeous cookbook has ample material to inspire and guide you around the grill. Check the Summer sections of each chapter.
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 by Shannon Hayes
What can you do with grassfed meat? Anything and everything you can do with conventional meat…but tastier and better for you! Let Shannon Hayes lead you from green meadows and happy livestock to incomparably delectable dinners.
Meat: A Benign Extravagance by Simon Fairlie
Do you sometimes pause before chomping into a chicken leg, and wonder, is this really sustainable? The answer may be an emphatic yes! As long as it was raised right. Fairlie’s extensive research debunks the “vegan myth” and shows how meat production can be good for the planet.

Books on sale until July 9.


4 Books for Growing Food in Winter

Don’t let cold weather stop you from producing and enjoying your own food. For many, the coming of winter simply means cultivation moves indoors or under cover. Small farmers, homesteaders, home gardeners, and commercial growers can extend the growing season with techniques outlined in these essential books. There’s no need for urbanites and small-space dwellers […] Read More

Is My Broth (or Stock) Bad?

Are you planning to start the GAPS diet or any other diet aimed at boosting gut health this year? If so, chances are that stocks and broths are critical components. Even if you’re not changing the way you eat, but you often have pots of aromatic goodness bubbling on your stove, you may have wondered, […] Read More

A Simple Way to Grow Fresh Greens Indoors This Winter

Just because the temperatures have started to drop doesn’t mean you have to live without fresh greens until Spring. Author and gardener Peter Burke’s innovative method of growing soil sprouts indoors can help you grow nutrient-dense greens all year long at a fraction of the cost of buying at market. Burke’s book, Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening, is […] Read More

Recipe: Medlar Cream Cake

If you’re looking for a simple cake to serve guests, try this medlar cream cake. What’s a medlar? The fruit of the medlar tree, Mespilus germanica, tastes like lightly spiced apple butter scooped soft right out of the russeted skin. The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center in California has a small but significant collection of […] Read More

Chelsea Green: In the Media 2016

Oh, 2016. Where did the time go? Each year, Chelsea Green receives hundreds of mentions (well over 1000 in 2016) in the media both big and small. From interviews, to excerpts, to opinion pieces by authors we’re always working to make sure that the mission and message of each book is spread far and wide. […] Read More
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