Good Food Book Club: Unprocessed

Unprocessed: One Woman’s Year of Reclaiming Real Food

In Megan’s thorough and lively search for a diet of real food, she delivers an important lesson in the processes that have led us away from our old nourishing ways. A meaningful and timely tale.  ~Tamar Adler, author of An Everlasting Meal

July’s Good Food Book Club selection launches a series of books for the rest of 2017 that explore food resilience, and how we can individually and collectively achieve it. From Unprocessed (July) to farm/food memoirs, to a blistering new work on how to attain global food security (Hot Hungry Planet), to a breathtaking novel that uses a young girl’s “lack” of food as its departure point (The Wonder), we’re set for a series of fascinating reads and discussions that are sure to upend and expand our roles as eaters and community members.

For this month, take a young woman who ekes out a living in a tiny apartment with no garden, has a passionate commitment to healthy food, and a razor-sharp curiosity about the value of whole versus unprocessed foods to health . . . and you’ve got Unprocessed: My City-Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food, Megan Kimble’s debut book. July’s selection is part memoir, part journalistic investigation, and part inspiration to reform our individual and collective food choices. Beyond all that, Kimble is a lovely writer who’s already been compared to Tamar Adler (An Everlasting Meal) and Michael Pollan (In Defense of Food).

Kimble began her year-long quest when she was 26 and still living on a shoe string budget. Nevertheless she found ways to eat in line with her commitment: grinding her own flour, slaughtering a sheep, taking salt from the ocean, and milking a goat.  She lived below poverty during her “unprocessed year” and shows how this mindset—living and eating close to home; seeking and preparing whole food in line with our local food, farm and foraging heritage; focusing on “unprocessed” not only on food, but as a way of life—spotlights the deeper values we often forget to honor in a processed, industrialized world. She may have lived below the poverty line that year, but by her admission, she was rich in other ways.

Committing to “unprocessed” can bring people, individually and collectively, back to an immediate, healthy, non-toxic, sustainable relationship to their food and the natural and human communities that support it. And figuring out what “unprocessed” looks like is a big part of that journey. It is a journey we are all on together as the world moves away from the toxicity of current industrial farming practices to recreate a food system that allows people and planet to thrive.

Please join us to discuss Unprocessed: My City-Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food by Megan Kimble (William Morrows Paperback, 2015) on Sunday, July 30 from 7-8:30 pm at the Moscow Food Co-op. Remember to email bookclub@moscowfood.coop to receive email reminders about the Good Food Book Club. Unprocessed 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.

Please Note, upcoming books are as follows:

  • August: Fifty Acres and a Poodle: A Story of Love, Livestock and Finding Myself on a Farm by Jeanne Marie Laskas. August 27, MFC at 7-8:30 pm. 
  • September: The Call of the Farm: An Unexpected Year of Getting Dirty, Home Cooking, and Finding Myself by Rochelle Bilow
  • October: Hot Hungry Planet: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change by Lisa Palmer
  • November: Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir by Amy Thielen
  • December: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue