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National Pickle Month is Off to a Sour Start

…And for this holiday, that’s a good thing!

July is the perfect time to celebrate pickles. Their tangy zing and refreshing crunch go great with steamy evenings out by the grill, or as a garnish to a dish of cold quinoa and veggies when it’s too hot to cook. If you’re a gardener you might be drowning in cucumbers or green beans by now too, and pickling is one of the best ways to preserve the beauty and nutrition of the growing season on into the winter.

This week we’re putting our very best books on pickles and other zesty, fermented methods of preserving fresh vegetables on sale, and we’ll be sharing pickle recipes for the rest of the month too. Join our Facebook community to be the first to know when we spill the dilly bean tips and kimchi checklists!

The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World by Sandor Ellix Katz, Foreword by Michael Pollan Simply put, the most comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever published. Required reading for any aspiring prince or princess of pickles.
Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods by Sandor Ellix Katz The first cookbook to widely explore the culinary magic of fermentation, this book offers simple, step-by-step instructions for a range of foods from sour pickles to yogurt to beer.
Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation by The Gardeners and Farmers of Terre Vivante A book that goes back to the future — celebrating traditional but little-known French techniques for storing and preserving edibles in ways that maximize flavor and nutrition.
Making the Most of Your Glorious Glut: Cooking, Storing, Freezing, Drying & Preserving Your Garden Produce by Jackie Sherman What do you do when life gives you bushels of beans? Pickle them, of course! Recipes for using fresh produce in new and exciting ways, plus how to pickle, preserve, dry, bottle and juice all your surplus fruit and vegetables so that they can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Books on sale for 25% off until July 16.


Recipe: Barbecued Eggplant Stacks with Coyote Mint Sauce and Chèvre

With summer in full swing, many are making good use of their outdoor grills. Tender grass fed steaks or free range chicken are often the go-to options, but the possibilities for a grilled meal are endless. At the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, a summer favorite is Barbecued Eggplant Stacks with Coyote Mint sauce and […] Read More..

Food Lover’s Guide: 25% Off ALL Food & Drink Books

Where our food comes from and how it is grown matters. Having control over our food supply is key to a more resilient and sustainable future. A major part of Chelsea Green’s mission is to inspire you with ideas and practical tips. So whether you want to make the world’s best cheese; find a new […] Read More..

Turning Meat into Money: How to Raise and Sell it Ethically

The consumer demand for grassfed, pasture-raised, and antibiotic-free meats is on the rise, putting farmers and ranchers in a unique position to make a decent living on meat that is produced ethically. But, how exactly do you turn meat into money without resorting to the large-scale industrial techniques of today’s confinement-operations? Look no further than […] Read More..

How to Grow Strawberries Indoors

It’s strawberry shortcake season, which means strawberry harvesting season. But for those of you with no outdoor space for gardens, fear not—you can plant, weed, and harvest all from the comfort of your own home! That’s right: it is possible to grow strawberries indoors, from small spaces. According to R. J. Ruppenthal, author of Fresh […] Read More..

Wild Edibles: 5 Tips for Beginner Foragers

Ever spotted a dandelion growing in your backyard and wondered, can I eat that? According to wild plants expert Katrina Blair, the answer is a resounding yes. And there are plenty of other commonly found weeds that fall into this category as well. In her book The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, Blair introduces readers to […] Read More..