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Save 35% on Taste, Memory This Week

If the concept of “food biodiversity” seems abstract to you, our new book Taste, Memory: Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, and Why They Matter, will make it clear and tangible as the crisp tang of an heirloom apple.

Author David Buchanan has been saving rare varieties of food plants for years, from cider apples to beans and corn, and looking for answers to important questions about food and place, heritage and history. Taste, Memory is the story of his journey.

Chapter One, available for you to read below, traces the provenance of Buchanan’s obsession as he looks back from his present-day life somewhere between market-farmer and plant-museum-steward.
“It was never my goal to become a farmer, and that’s not exactly what I’m up to here. This project is more like an attempt to come to grips with an old obsession, to find a way to connect biodiversity to something larger than my own gardens. It’s as much about collecting rare varieties of fruit trees, berries, and vegetables as it is a working farm. Call it an effort to bring regionality, cultural difference, and flavor back to the plate, and discover what place these foods deserve in the modern world.”
Recently, Taste, Memory was included as one of’s top ten Food Literature books of the year. And, author David Buchanan appeared on Maine Public Radio’s daily public affairs program “Maine Calling” to talk about Thanksgiving food traditions and some of the foods and flavors we’ve lost to the region in the past 100 years. Booklist Reviews praised the book, calling it, “Not just a feast for the palate, Buchanan’s book is a feast for the souls of those concerned about a fast-food culture that prizes uniformity and convenience over the kind of tastes that cannot be produced on an assembly line.” Perfectly timed for the holiday season (just in case you’ve got a passionate locavore or small-farmer on your gift list), we are offering a 35% discount on Taste, Memory this week. Taste, Memory: Chapter One – Seeds of an Idea

Learn How to Connect with Chelsea Green Authors Near You

Each year, we partner with dozens of organizations to bring our authors closer to you and your community. With our website redesign, it’s now easier than ever to find out where your favorite authors are going to be and when. Head to the “Events” tab to explore these new features and tools: Filter events using […] Read More..

We’re hiring! Join our team as Assistant Manager of Trade Sales

Chelsea Green Publishing, an independent publisher of books on sustainability based in Vermont, is seeking an Assistant Manager of Trade Sales to coordinate all facets of our trade sales program, including oversight of commission reps, trade and library promotions, managing our unique consignment program, and presenting new titles to national accounts. This position is a […] Read More..

New Look, New Tools, New Ways to Connect with Chelsea Green

Welcome to the new, redesigned digital home of Chelsea Green Publishing! Over the years you have asked for better ways to connect with our authors, to share information with friends and family, and to buy books from us. We listened to your feedback and integrated your wishes with a fresh design that allows you to […] Read More..

May Roundup: News, Views & Stuff You Can Use

The latest news and opinions from Chelsea Green and our authors, as well as tips and techniques about how you can bring our books to life in your kitchen, backyard, or community, and special sales, promotions and new releases. Permaculture Advice For Beginners. Hint: Start Small Interested in applying a permaculture approach to your land, […] Read More..

Permaculture Special: 30% off ALL Permaculture Books

Want a great garden? Take a page out of Nature’s book and you’ll find growing food is easier than you ever imagined. Just add a permaculture twist to your garden or homestead and you can spend less effort, improve the health of your soil, and enjoy a bountiful harvest. Permaculture Sale: 30% Off until May 25th […] Read More..