Good Food Book Club

The Good Food Book Club is an avenue for Moscow Food Co-op owners and the greater Palouse community to foster civil dialogue, connection between people, and community engagement through thoughtful book club subject matter. We aim to provide an open, inviting venue to share educational and entertaining information critical to our food system and other pressing social issues. 

For detailed information on the book of the month as well as past books, please visit the Good Food Book Club section of Community News.

 

 

June'S BOOK OF THE MONTH:

“Once upon a farm” BY Rory Feek

When: Sunday, June 30 from 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Location will be announced via email reminder
Email bookclub@moscowfood.coop for more info and to subscribe

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Welcome to June and the increasing warmth of summer on the Palouse. Also, our book! Please join us for June’s Good Food Book Club book, “Once Upon a Farm: Lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier” by Rory Feek.

As we collectively navigate your changing world, many of us have mourning arise as we contemplate losses – some of these are personal, and increasingly, they are a new kind of universal. With recent news of the imminent extinction crisis and an upwelling awareness of our generation’s rapidly closing window to soften the impacts of climate change, we all face rapid change and new lives. Lives we aren’t able to know or see quite yet. And then, there are our children and their lives.

Feek’s book(s) and story are a microcosm for thriving across profound loss and change, diving deeply into the power of personal narrative, love, and living in fierce alignment with his own life values. And how to raise his daughter after losing her mother, the love of his life. With love – unconditional love of self, other, and the mystical unity of all that is – Feek show’s that maybe anything really is possible.

His biography reads like a visionary leader who’s been through the hardest losses, and this particular book looks to be very inspiring! Also, he and his late wife were a country music phenomenon, he’s created books and movies in her honor, and their daughter goes to school in a one-room schoolhouse built for their community.

This is a book that promises to illuminate some truths of navigating our increasingly complex world, unify across some divides, and offer up hope for a different kind of life –not one that goes backward to homesteading but forward to what is known as “lifesteading.” Something we may all be able to use a little more of in these charged times.

Please join us to discuss “Once Upon a Farm by Rory Feek (Thomas Nelson, 2018) on Sunday June 30 from 4:00-5:30pm at a member’s private residence. Location and details will come in this month’s email reminder. Remember to email bookclub@moscowfood.coop to receive reminders about the Good Food Book Club. “Once Upon a Farm” 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.

— Book club president Rachel Clark

 

 

July'S BOOK OF THE MONTH:

“Midnight Chicken for a Life Worth Living: Recipes for loving the world” BY Ella Risbridger

When: Sunday, July 28, from 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Location will be announced via email reminder
Email bookclub@moscowfood.coop for more info and to subscribe

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It's not everyday that a cookbook comes along that also shines as a memoir, reads like a fast-paced novel, and is outselling books across genres. Welcome to this month's Good Food Book Club selection, “Midnight Chicken: & Other Recipes Worth Living For” by  Ella Risbridger.  It turns out people love this book across the board. On Amazon it's hit best-seller in the following categories: food writers, depression and party planning. No small feat for a simple cookbook.

At the outset our young poet author finds herself on the floor of her kitchen, staring above her head at a bag of chicken hanging from a chair, wondering how to go on. She is severely depressed. But she is also in love, and she tells her partner everything. Or, writes him everything. When she starts sending John her recipes and commentary, he buys her a blog address, and soon she's notating her life back from the brink of suicide -- via the mentally restorative therapy of cooking. And writing.

Somehow she also manages to chronicle her journey of grief and loss. As John succumbs to cancer she continues to cook and write her way through their journey. Memorializing their love so she will have him to remember; writing because he asked her to, writing because she loves him. Writing because she must.

NPR's "The Salt" says: "[Ella Risbridger’s] culinary composition echoes Bridget Jones' self-effacing wittiness, Julia Child's companionable forgiveness and Sylvia Plath's poetic prose. The recipes are truly tasty, but the healing nourishment is in the details, from the cozy illustrations to the pink ribbon bookmark to the annotated list of things worth living for." 

Meanwhile, cook extraordinaire Nigella Lawson writes, "One of the things that makes Midnight Chicken such a very good book is how hard it is to say exactly what it is. Yes, to be sure, it’s a cookbook, but it is also a manual for living and a declaration of hope." 

And British food writer Diana Henry says, "A moving testimonial to the redemptive power of cooking. Risbridger knows that it offers not just solace but a map; cooking can save you. Generous, honest and uplifting. I wish I’d had this book when I was in my twenties."

Please join us to discuss “Midnight Chicken” by  Ella Risbridger on Sunday July 28 from 4:00-5:30pm at a member’s private residence. Location and details will come in this month’s email reminder. Remember to email bookclub@moscowfood.coop to receive reminders about the Good Food Book Club.  Midnight Chicken 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.

— Book club president Rachel Clark