Archive for September, 2012


Harvest Season Sale!

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

It’s unmistakably harvest time for many of our readers. So, are you swamped with squash or tired of tomatoes? Don’t head to the compost pile just yet: we’ve got a great selection of books full of tips and techniques that will help you preserve the bounty of the growing season so it can be enjoyed all year long.

Whether you are looking for the perfect pesto recipe, a guide to turning berries or apples into festive beverages, or a new way to preserve your garden vegetables – we have the book for you.

In honor of the harvest season, we are putting the following books on sale for 35% off until October 1st.

We talk a lot about preserving food here at Chelsea Green, but it’s not to be didactic. We believe in the power of having control over one’s food supply. Sustainability starts with a fully stocked larder of homegrown goodness.

Happy reading from the folks at Chelsea Green Publishing!

The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World

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Retail Price: $39.95
Sale Price: $25.97

We can confidently say that this is the most comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever published.

Sandor Katz presents the concepts and processes behind fermentation in ways that are simple enough to guide a reader through their first experience making sauerkraut or yogurt, and in-depth enough to provide greater understanding and insight for experienced practitioners.

If your garden is overflowing with green beans, and your berry vines are about to bury you with their bounty, Katz’s new book will inspire you to turn them into crisp dilly beans and country wines…and more!

Read Michael Pollan’s Foreword…

The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times

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Retail Price: $29.95
Sale Price: $19.47

Carol Deppe’s latest book is packed with expert advice on the five crops you need to survive: potatoes, corn, beans, squash, and eggs. Beginners and expert gardeners alike will find this an invaluable resource, with new information, recipes, and simple tips for self-sufficiency they won’t find elsewhere. At its heart, this is a realistic book about how resilient gardeners (and their gardens) can flourish even in challenging times.

The Resilient Gardener also contains innovative tips from Carol’s own kitchen for preserving these key crops. Have you ever thought of parching corn in the microwave? Or drying squash for winter storage? These ideas and more await anyone who ventures into the resilient garden.

Ready for next season already? Check out Carol Deppe’s new seed company… 

Wild Flavors: One Chef’s Transformative Year Cooking from Eva’s Farm

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Retail Price: $34.95
Sale Price: $22.72

Curiosity sparked Emmons’s initial venture down the Massachusetts coast to meet the celebrated farmer Eva Sommaripa, whose 200-plus uncommon herbs, greens, and edible “weeds” supply many top Northeastern chefs.

Wild Flavors follows Didi through a year in Eva’s Garden and offers both the warmth of their shared tales as well as the exquisite foods Didi came to develop using only the freshest of ingredients and wild edibles.

Eva wastes nothing on her farm or in her kitchen. Among the recipes, plant profiles, and tips in Wild Flavors, you’ll find stories about Eva’s radical campaign against waste — and glean some tips for how to deal with your own harvest more efficently!

Give weeds a chance! Listen to Didi Emmons on Earth Eats Radio… 


Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation

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Retail Price: $25.00 
Sale Price: $16.25

Typical books about preserving garden produce nearly always assume that modern kitchen gardeners will boil or freeze their vegetables and fruits.

This book goes back to the future—celebrating traditional but little-known French techniques for storing and preserving edibles in ways that maximize flavor and nutrition.

Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning offers more than 250 easy and enjoyable recipes featuring locally grown and minimally refined ingredients. It is an essential guide for those who seek healthy food for a healthy world.

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Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener’s Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting

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Retail Price: $24.95 
Sale Price: $16.22

Books on container gardening have been wildly popular with urban and suburban readers, but until now, there has been no comprehensive “how-to” guide for growing fresh food in the absence of open land. Fresh Food from Small Spaces fills the gap as a practical, comprehensive, and downright fun guide to growing food in small spaces.

With this book as a guide, people living in apartments, condominiums, townhouses, and single-family homes will be able to grow up to 20% of their own fresh food using a combination of traditional gardening methods and space-saving techniques.

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Cooking Close to Home: A Year of Seasonal Recipes

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Retail Price: $34.95 

Sale Price: $22.72

A collection of over 150 original recipes designed to follow the seasons using the foods available in your region. Whether you are a home gardener, a farmers’ market regular, or a member of a community-supported agriculture program, this cookbook will serve as a seasonal guide to using the foods available in your region.

Each recipe includes useful “Harvest Hints” that explain how to find, purchase, prepare, and preserve fresh and seasonal ingredients.

Flip to the last chapter for recipes and tips on preserving the harvest: jam, pesto, pickles, and more.

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From Asparagus to Zucchini: A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce

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Retail Price: $19.95
Sale Price: $12.97

Ever wonder how you’ll ever be able to use all your vegetables? From Asparagus to Zucchini answers the question of what to do with your armloads of greens, exotic herbs (and the never-before-seen vegetables), with recipes that are as concise and doable as they are appealing. Created for and by Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members, the book is an indispensable tool for anyone who wants to eat seasonally and locally.

 

Organized by vegetable—53 in all—each section includes nutritional, historical, and storage information, as well as cooking tips. With more than 420 original recipes created, tested, and enjoyed by chefs, CSA members, and farmers, you’ll never be without a delicious recipe to make the most of the season’s bounty.

Making the Most of Your Glorious Glut: Cooking, Storing, Freezing, Drying & Preserving Your Garden Produce

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Retail Price: $24.95
Sale Price: $16.22

Making the most of your Glorious Glut is the answer to the perennial problem of an over-abundance of wonderful fruit and vegetables. From cucumbers to spinach, tomatoes to runner beans or blackcurrants to plums, most gardeners will recognize the sinking feeling that creeps over you when you realize you have had such a good harvest that you cannot actually face picking, cooking or eating any more.

With the help of this book you will be able to make the most of any glut; as well as recipes for using fresh produce in new and exciting ways, you will learn how to pickle, preserve, dry, bottle and juice all your surplus fruit and vegetables so that they can be enjoyed throughout the year. 

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How to Store Your Garden Produce: The Key to Self-Sufficiency (Revised Edition)

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Retail Price: $14.95
Sale Price: $9.72

The modern guide to storing and preserving your garden produce, enabling you to eat home-grown goodness all year round.

Why is storing your garden produce the key to self-sufficiency? Because with less than an acre of garden you can grow enough produce to feed a family of four for a year. But without proper storage, most of it will go to waste.

Learn simple and enjoyable techniques for storing your produce and embrace the wonderful world of self-sufficiency. Everything from how to make your own cider and pickled gherkins to how to string onions and dry your own apple rings.

 

 

More New and Noteworthy Titles On Sale

Wild Fermentation coverWhole Foods Companion coverGrowing Roots coverPreserving with Friends coverFull Moon Feast cover
Vegetable Growers Handbook coverSharing the Harvest coverSeed to Seed coverGarden Seed Inventory coverSustainable Food cover

 

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* Books on sale until October 1st*

Meet Chelsea Green Authors at the National Heirloom Expo and Heritage Harvest Festival!

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Join Chelsea Green authors at two upcoming events — one on the west coast and one on the east.

First up is the National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa, California from September 11-13. Learn about artisan cheesemaking from Gianaclis Caldwell, let Peg Schafer inspire you to start growing your own medicine, and get the basics on sauerkraut from the fermentation master Sandor Katz.

The National Heirloom Exposition is a not-for-profit event centered around the pure food movement, heirloom vegetables, and anti-GMO activism. Last year’s expo drew more than 10,000 people from around the country and beyond. The Heirloom Expo has gained incredible interest among home growers, farmers, school groups and the general public–so much so that it is being called the “World’s Fair of the pure food movement”!

Get the details and register here.

Right on the heels of the Heirloom Expo (September 14-15), all the way across the country, is the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello — Thomas Jefferson’s historic home in Virginia. Here you can meet Janisse Ray, our resident champion of seed saving; Harvey Ussery, holistic poultry steward; high priest of the pasture, Joel Salatin; and orchard expert, Michael Phillips.

Thomas Jefferson championed vegetable cuisine, plant experimentation, and sustainable agriculture. The 6th annual Heritage Harvest Festival, hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in partnership with Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, celebrates Jefferson’s legacy in a fun, affordable, family-oriented, educational event promoting gardening, sustainability, local food and the preservation of heritage plants.

The 2012 Heritage Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, September 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Monticello: on the West Lawn, in the vegetable garden, and in the new LEEDS-certified Visitor Center. The venue provides a beautiful showcase for the restored gardens, and features the wealth of Monticello’s programs in not just gardening, but also natural history, foodways, and the roles of the entire plantation community. There will be additional premium programming on Friday, September 14. The Grand Preview Dinner and Evening with Joel Salatin will be held on Friday evening.

The Heritage Harvest Festival is a grassroots, volunteer-oriented event with serious educational goals. Please join us for a meaningful and fun day celebrating sustainable living and the good things that come from the earth.Learn more and register here.

New Arrival: Dreaming the Future!

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The world is entering a period of great change. The natural environment is collapsing. Social disruption abounds. Societies across the globe are breaking down.

Out of this chaos, however, comes the opportunity to avoid complete collapse and instead foster a breakthrough: to reimagine our future, our connection to each other, and to nature.

A world where people live in harmony with nature. Sounds like a nice dream, doesn’t it? But is it possible?

Our latest book says yes. In Dreaming the Future Kenny Ausubel, award-winning social entrepreneur, author, journalist, and filmmaker, and cofounder (with his wife Nina Simons) of the Bioneers Conference, shares with readers his hope that by learning from the natural world we can change human society to something more sustainable, more just, and less destructive. Toward that end, Ausubel examines some of the biggest ideas, overarching trends, and important developments of our time.

Dreaming the Future is available now. For a preview of Ausubel’s witty and poignant prose, take a look at this excerpt, “Honey, We Shrunk the Planet.”

Honey, We Shrunk the Planet – An Excerpt from Dreaming the Future by Kenny Ausubel

Don’t Just Kick Back & Relax, Get Active: It’s Labor Day

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Happy Labor Day! We sincerely hope if you’re reading this, that it’s not at work, but at home, at rest or among friends, or doing something you love — fermenting food, making some cheese or working on a few home projects to boost your resiliency and reduce your ecological footprint.

Or, maybe you’re just grilling. Or, maybe there is still such a thing as a Labor Day parade in your community — one that actually celebrates workers.

In 1884, Congress passed a law making the first Monday of every September “Labor Day,” a day set aside to celebrate the social and economic achievements of the everyday worker, especially union workers. Workplace safety regulations? An eight-hour workday? Paid sick and vacation days? Weekends? Yeah, thank those early labor unions — not vulture capitalists, bankers or the 1 percent.

We at Chelsea Green have a lot to celebrate this labor day, and want to invite you to share in our good cheer.

As many of you know, in late June the company sold control of its stock to its employees by creating an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan).  Essentially, that means that now close to 80 percent of the company’s stock is held by its employees. The remainder of the stock remains in the control of Ian and Margo Baldwin, who founded Chelsea Green in 1984 on the South Green in Chelsea, Vermont. Margo Baldwin is currently the company’s president and publisher and will maintain that role for the foreseeable future.

Around the same time as the ESOP was created. Chelsea Green was recognized by ForeWord Reviews as its 2011 Independent Publisher of the Year, in which the company was recognized for its “significant contributions in the categories of politics and sustainable living.” This year (to date) we’ve also landed our fourth book  on The New York Times bestseller list, with Sandor Katz’s The Art of Fermentation landing at number 14.

This doesn’t happen without a lot of hard work from all us grasshoppers here at Chelsea Green.

Given the company’s long-term mission of publishing ideas to help communities remain resilient and businesses sustainable while connecting to their sense of place, making the move to an employee-owned model is an example of the company practicing what it publishes.

“Ian and I are thrilled that the company has taken this important step and look forward to working with our employees to advance the mission and to create an even more successful and profitable company in the years to come,” added Margo Baldwin. National studies have shown ESOPs to outperform their private sector counterparts in terms of overall profitability, productivity, employee retention and employee earnings.

To celebrate, we’re putting a handful of our key labor-focused and sustainable business and economic books on sale. They include Les Leopold’s fantastic biography of Tony Mazzocchi, a major figure in the modern labor movement and John Abrams’ inspirational book on workplace democracy and equality, Companies We Keep.

And, if these books aren’t of interest, check out the forthcoming books that will soon arrive in a bookstore near you (in fact, some may have already).

So, enjoy – and seriously, don’t work too hard. But, if you do, work toward this vision of Tony Mazzocchi’s as explained by his longtime friend and biographer Les Leopold:

“Tony’s big ideas led to Tony’s big actions—and both differentiated him from nearly every other modern labor leader. He built bridges from the often insular labor movement to all of the other major movements of his time—feminism, environmentalism, antiwar, civil rights. He was instrumental in building the occupational health and safety movement, the environmental health movement, and labor-environmental alliances, as well as in creating a new generation of worker-oriented occupational health professionals. Thousand of workers’ lives were spared as a result.

He was anti-corporate to the core. He thought that the drive for every-increasing profits was in fundamental conflict with public health, workers health and safety, and a sound environment. He feared that growing corporate power could lead to authoritarianism. The antidote was growing democratic unions with an active rank and file. Most of all, he thought we had it all backward: The purpose of life was not to toil until we dropped to enrich someone else. Rather it was to live life to its fullest by working less, not more.”

A wise man. Happy Labor Day.

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