The Lake-to-River Food Co-op and Lit Youngstown present Food for Thought, a potluck and book club. Participants will read and discuss books with a food theme, and also share a meal. The group will meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5:00 – 6:00 pm, September 2016 to June 2017 (note: no group in February 2016), at the Cultivate Co-op Cafe at 901 Elm St. The Cafe serves smoothies, coffee and tea, baked goods, and a delicious selection of salads, sandwiches, soups, and hot entrees. If you plan to eat, try to arrive a few minutes early to place your order, so the discussion can get underway right at 5 pm.
The monthly gatherings are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. Childcare is available for $5 per child with an advance reservation. To make a reservation for childcare, please call 330-540-1480.
The evenings coincide with Lake to River Co-op’s Online Market pick-up night. If you placed an order you can pick it up then, or you can just shop in the Cafe’s new grocery store.
The selected books are a mix of fiction and non-fiction, centered around food, enjoyable for anyone who likes to read, adults or teens.
Lit Youngstown will host readings by the authors of two of the selected books. One is The Garden of the World by Lawrence Coates, a novel about a patriarchal immigrant family of winemakers in California’s Santa Clara Valley during Prohibition. Coates, of Bowling Green, Ohio, will join Youngstown novelist Christopher Barzak at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts on October 4, 2016. In April 2017, Mark Winne, a food policy writer and activist living in New Mexico, will also give a reading in Youngstown.
The book list should be easy to find through the library, as well as the local new and used book stores.
Sept. 8: The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food by Jennifer 8. Lee
Oct. 13: Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson
Nov. 10: The Garden of the World by Lawrence Coates
Dec. 8: Yes, Chef! A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson
Jan. 12: Julie & Julia by Julie Powell
Feb. 9: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
March 9: Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
April 13: Closing the Food Gap by Mark Winne
May 11: Immortal Milk: Adventures in Cheese by Eric LeMay
June 8: Salt: A World History by Mark Kulansky