Fed, White & Blue: One man eats his way to American citizenship

“The Indiana Jones for the foodie set.” ~Andrew Friedman

Want a perfect way to head into summer 2017? Grab this month’s book and get ready for the epic foodie road trip of an immigrating culinary Brit on his way to American citizenship. In Fed, White and Blue: Finding American With My Fork, Simon Majumdar—food writer and Food Network personality—sets out across the United States to discover what it means to be American, one bite at a time.

Grab your armchair dining set and get ready to be hungry. With appetite sparking stories, Majumdar brings you along to myriad venues and extraordinary food experiences across the country. With a green card in hand, this career foodie knew the only way to transition to a full-American citizenship was through a deep exploration of what it means to eat in America. On his way, he makes and eats his own cheese in Wisconsin, fishes near grizzly bears in Alaska, visits Plymouth Rock to taste what the pilgrims ate, and dives into beer making, farming, food banks, and much more.

One reader on Amazon reviews said, “The only problem with this book, is that after every chapter I had this huge urge to throw a packed suitcase in my car and head off on a road trip.” 

The month of May can do that to you anyway, and this book might just instigate summer plans. Written before travel bans, this book also holds some powerful lessons on America just prior to the 2016 election: where we were, where we’re going, and where we are now. Case in point: the first chapter is Green Card, Green Light and opens as the author confronts an immigration officer with the Department of Homeland Security. It’s a timely and provocative chronicle of an emerging yet newly shadowed era in America and her food culture. Immigration told through food is a fable for our country and the world. Plus, it’s a super fun read.

As Alton Brown, host of Iron Chef and Cutthroat Kitchen writes, “I have crisscrossed this country a dozen times by car, by motorcycle, by train and light aircraft. I've eaten a thousand meals from the glaciers of Alaska to the bars of Key West.  And if Simon Majumdar asked me to join him on a journey across that same edible landscape tomorrow, I'd go without hesitation, because, every mile (and meal) would be new again.”

Please join us to discuss Fed, White & Blue by Simon Majumdar (Avery, 2015) on Sunday, June 4 from 7-8:30 at the Moscow Food Co-op (note: date switched due to Memorial Day weekend). Remember to email bookclub@moscowfood.coop to receive email reminders about the Good Food Book Club. Fed, White & Blue 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.