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More Food for Thought!

Our monthly book club will take the summer off and start back up again in the fall with a new focus: the American experience, fiction, non-fiction and poetry with a range of voices and perspectives. We’ll look to the past, to various regions, and to voices that represent an array of experiences and expectations.

We also looked to our visiting writers for titles, and there are several. It is a unique pleasure to hear an author read, and then to read and discuss the author’s book with other readers.

We began our food-themed book club as a collaboration with Lake to River Cooperative, and even though we’re switching up the focus, we’ll continue to meet at Cultivate Co-op Cafe, 901 Elm St., on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 5:00-6:00. It suits us, we decided.

Here is the book list. Check with the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County for copies.

September 14, 2017 The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar
October 12, 2017 The Coldest Night by Robert Olmstead
November 9, 2017 The Round House by Louse Erdrich
December 14, 2017 Famous Drownings in Literary History by Kevin Haworth
January 11, 2018 March Trilogy by John Lewis
February 8, 2018 Citizen by Claudia Rankine
March 8, 2018 Phenomenal Women by Lit Youngstown
April 12, 2018 My Own Country by Abraham Verghese
May 10, 2018 Camp Olvido by Lawrence Coates
June 14, 2018 Blacksnake’s Path: The True Adventures of William Wells by William Heath

Food for Thought: The Omnivore’s Dilemma

We made a quick switch for our last book selection in our food-themed series, and decided to discuss the first section of Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Pollan traces a single fast-food meal back to its source in a giant cornfield in Iowa, and forward until it is pulled steaming from the bag. Along the way, we learn about contemporary agricultural practices and consumer choices, and their implications for our landscape and health.

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Thursday June 8, 5:00-6:00 at Cultivate Cafe, 901 Elm St. We will talk about our next book series, which will begin in September.

Food for Thought Book Club

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This month we will read and discuss Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. According to the New York Times:

Barbara Kingsolver’s new novel is all about sex, and she doesn’t waste much time on foreplay. As the book opens, Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist on the far side of 40, is patrolling the woods on Zebulon Mountain, a wild patch of southern Appalachia where she works as a ranger. ”Here and now,” Kingsolver writes, ”spring heaved in its randy moment. Everywhere you looked, something was fighting for time, for light, the kiss of pollen, a connection of sperm and egg and another chance.”

Haven’t read the book yet? No worries. Come join us. 5:00-6:00, Thurs. March 9 at Cultivate Co-op Cafe, 901  Elm St. Please note the earlier time. (No potluck: the cafe will be open and serving.)

The evening will coincide with Lake to River Co-op’s Online Market pick-up night. The monthly gatherings are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

Here are the rest of our monthly selections:

April 13: Closing the Food Gap by Mark Winne (See Mark Winne read Wed. April 5 at 7:00 at St. John’s Episcopal Church)
May 11: Immortal Milk: Adventures in Cheese by Eric LeMay
June 8: Salt: A World History by Mark Kulansky

Food for Thought Book Club

This month we will read and discuss Julie & Julia by Julie Powell. You may wish to watch the movie after reading the book, to compare. According to the New York Times:index

It was one of the best ideas yet hatched in the still-young history of blogging: in the space of one year, try to execute each and every recipe in Julia Child’s landmark 1961 cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1,” and write about it. Julie Powell, a bright young woman frittering away her late 20’s as a low-level drone at a government agency in New York, hit upon this concept in the summer of 2002, when she was racked with anxiety about turning 30 and desperate for some distraction “to pull myself out of a tailspin of secretarial ennui,” as she later put it. To Powell’s surprise, her blog, which she called the Julie/Julia Project, struck a chord with legions of readers who followed her triumphs and travails as she attempted Child’s straightforward but labor-intensive recipes for Homard à l’Américaine (lobster simmered with wine, tomatoes, garlic and herbs) and Bifteck Sauté Bercy (pan-broiled steak with shallot and white-wine sauce).

Haven’t read the book yet? No worries. Come join us. 5:00-6:00, Thurs. Jan. 12 at Cultivate Co-op Cafe, 901  Elm St. Please note the earlier time; no potluck this time. The cafe will be open and serving, for those who are interested.

The evening will coincide with Lake to River Co-op’s Online Market pick-up night. The monthly gatherings are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

Here are the rest of our monthly selections:

Jan. 12: Julie & Julia by Julie Powell
Cancelled! Feb. 9: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan  Cancelled!
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