Bread, Wine, and Chocolate: Are We Slowly Losing the Foods We Love?

“Unlike many other recent books that cover some of the same territory, what sets Sethi’s work apart is her joyous, generous attitude toward the human appetite.” – The Boston Globe

We’ve got a treat ahead of us this month! Our book club has reviewed a number of disheartening books on the state of the world’s food system, some of which left us so downtrodden we wanted nothing more than to tuck in to lighter fare that avoids the elephant in the living room that is our modern agricultural crisis. But now, with her new book Bread, Wine, and Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Food We Love, Simran Sethi brings her masterful reporting skills to bear on the extraordinary joy humans take from food, while also, unflinchingly, tasting that elephant.

As the reams of stellar reviews spell out over and over, Sethi’s book is a kind of literary food-writing marvel. At once she’s able to travel the world, seeking out our most precious relationships to the foods we’ve delighted in for centuries, while simultaneously spotlighting the epic fail of industrial agriculture, how it is specifically impacting humanity’s most beloved meals, and—here is the most vital thing—what people are doing right now to change that. To stem the tide of the slow loss of these foods we love. To change course altogether.

Here’s what the Wall Street Journal had to say about Sethi’s book: “Is biodiversity the key to a better cup of coffee? And how sexy can achieving food security really be? Simran Sethi’s answers are ‘yes’ and ‘you’d be surprised.’ In her book, [she] looks at ways in which monoculture and an increasingly standardized global diet put food systems in peril and leave crops vulnerable to blight and climate change. And she does so winningly, by relishing her favorite things to eat and drink, visiting the places they’re produced, digging up their stories and teasing out nuances of flavor unique to individual varieties and landscapes.”

Meanwhile, Orion Magazine offers this: “… Simran Sethi sets out to discover diversity—to find the corners of the world where the foods we cherish are thriving in multiplicity instead of surviving in monoculture. Sethi travels across six continents to talk to farmers, brewers, bakers, and winemakers working to foment more delicious food and drink and, in doing so, build resilience in agriculture.”

Please join us to discuss Bread, Wine, and Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Food We Love, by Simran Sethi (HarperOne, 2015) on Sunday, June 26 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Moscow Food Co-op. Please note: we’ll meet a week early in honor of the Fourth of July weekend. Remember to email bookclub@moscowfood.coop to receive email reminders about the Good Food Book Club. Bread, Wine, and Chocolate is available through your local library. If you are interested in buying the book, check out the area’s local used book stores or visit BookPeople of Moscow where Book Club members receive a discount. For more information about the Good Food Book Club, check out the Outreach section of the MFC website at www.moscowfood.coop.