Emergence of the Mechanical Mind and Its Dire Implications

September 11, 2018

For as far back as we can remember, humans have been driven by the Mechanical Mind – a desire to evolve, to expand, to consume, to manipulate everything around them to meet their needs without thinking about the consequences. Yet some 200,000 years ago, before the advent of agriculture, there was a different view and…

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Drinking to Good Health and Other Ancient Customs

September 10, 2018

It’s a little-known fact, but we here at Chelsea Green Publishing love a good piece of trivia. (Did you know beavers have a second set of lips behind their teeth?) When we found out that the saying “to the last drop” comes from an ancient Danish drinking custom, you know we were thrilled. Who doesn’t…

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Four Ways to Preserve Your Green Bean Bounty

September 7, 2018

It’s harvest season and if you’re anything like us you’ve got green beans up the wazoo. If you’re looking for a new way to preserve the bounty for the winter months, these four salt-based techniques should help. Here’s to months of delicious green beans ahead! The following is an excerpt from Preserving Food Without Freezing…

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Ancient Nourishment: Cooking with Mesquite

September 6, 2018

Mesquite has been a staple in desert dwellers’ diet for far longer than maize or even livestock.  With its nutritional value (it’s filled with both complex carbs and protein!) and endless possibilities for preparation, it’s no wonder it was once an integral source of sustenance for such a large region. If you happen to get…

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Celebrate Homesteading Month with Chelsea Green

September 5, 2018

It’s September, which means it’s time to celebrate homesteading! That’s right, September is International Homesteading Education Month, and throughout the month we’ll be publishing some of our favorite homesteading tips, techniques, recipes, and more. We’ll be featuring some of our favorite homesteading authors including Ben and Penny Hewitt, Beth and Shawn Dougherty, and Carole Deppe. We’ll…

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Happy National Wildlife Day!

September 4, 2018

Furry friends, ecological heroes, and wild beasts—today we celebrate them all. In honor of wildlife and all there is to learn from our favorite creatures, we have curated a list of some of Chelsea Green’s best wildlife books. Get your hands on some of these and prepare yourself for a literary safari! Eager is a powerful…

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The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor

September 3, 2018

In response to one of the nation’s darkest labor-history chapters, Congress passed a law in 1894 making the first Monday of every September “Labor Day,” to pay tribute and honor the achievements and contributions of American workers. While the passing of the law helped to improve conditions, standards, and relations there was still work to…

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A Wild and Exacting Food Writer Gets Her Due

August 31, 2018

Now available in paperback, Fasting and Feasting by biographer Adam Federman tells the remarkable life story of Patience Gray: from her privileged and intellectual upbringing in England to her trials as a single mother during World War II to her career working as a designer, editor, translator, and author to describing her travels and culinary adventures…

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Why Economic Development Incentive Programs Don’t Work

August 30, 2018

When it comes to economic development programs, most people are quick to hang their hat on the incentive rack. It’s shiny and big and full of promise. Yet, the stark reality is almost all programs of that nature miss the mark on actually creating sustainable growth. Rather than focus efforts on wooing new companies to…

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RECIPE: Crunchy Candied Tree Leaves

August 29, 2018

The miraculous bounty that nature provides us with knows no limit. No matter where we turn, there’s something to be found in the wilderness that can be consumed and enjoyed in ways we may not have thought of before. Take for example, tree leaves. They’re everywhere, and yet, we most often only notice their abundance…

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