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.

 

 

February'S BOOK OF THE MONTH:

Mastering the art of french eating BY ann mah

When: Sunday, February 24 from 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Location will be announced via email reminder
Email bookclub@moscowfood.coop for more info and to subscribe

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February brings us our second memoir of the year, Mastering the Art of French Eating: From Paris Bistros to Farmhouse Kitchens, Lessons in Food and Love by Ann Mah. We are on a kick, evidently. Last month’s book, like this one, dealt with loss – in that case, a shattering one. In Mastering, however, the loss has a different flavor altogether.

Journalist Ann Mah, eagerly plans a companion trip with her diplomat husband to Paris – for his new three-year assignment. She’s giddy, or shall we say joyeux, to travel with him to the City of Light… and epic food. But at the last minute, he’s shunted off to a solitary post in Iraq. And she’s left to face Paris and its twinkling blitz of dining occasions, alone.

Or so she thought.

Mah, in her sparkling prose, brings us along on her journey to discovering the immediacy of the French people, food, communities, and local culture. Her passage from disappointment to embracing the richness of loves of all kinds, is a simple testament to finding the bounty of good in Life… Even in the poignant ache of being physically separated from your closest beloved. Meanwhile, for those who adore any and all things Julia Child, revered author of the game-changing Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Mah’s book will feed the inner French aficionado.

Not to mention, the universal truths of Life and Love.

Says The Wall Street Journal: "Mastering the Art of French Eating makes you want to be in Paris as [Mah] describes the delight of crusty baguettes spread with butter and jam, surprise glimpses of Notre Dame caught from the bus, nursing a glass of red wine in a cafe that has mirrored columns and a zinc bar. . . . the book has appealing honesty and vulnerability, overlaid as it is with the pain of her husband's absence. It will also make you very hungry.”

And Booklist adds, "The real joy of this book . . . is in Mah’s mouthwatering, bite-by-bite descriptions of the plates set before her in Parisian cafés, country homes, and hole-in-the-wall foodie hideaways. Francophiles will delight in the smattering of French words and phrases sprinkled throughout every page, and serious cooks may endeavor to follow the lengthy recipes for a signature regional dish included at the end of each chapter."

Please join us to discuss Mastering the Art of French Eating: From Paris Bistros to Farmhouse Kitchens, Lessons in Food and Love by Ann Mah (Penguin Books 2014) on Sunday February 24 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 BookClub. Mastering the Art of French Eating 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.

-Co-op volunteer and book club president Rachel Clark

 

 

march'S BOOK OF THE MONTH:

Our Table of Memories BY Merna ann Hecht

When: Sunday, March 31 from 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Location will be announced via email reminder
Email bookclub@moscowfood.coop for more info and to subscribe

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We bring something new to the table for our March book selection.  The remarkable story teller, poet, and social justice educator Merna Ann Hecht recently visited Moscow. Among other things Hecht read from a book she edited, Our Table of Memories: Food & Poetry of Spirit, Homeland & Tradition. In her work with young refugees from conflict zones, she collaborates with these youth to inspire their own poetry memorializing their native food and histories.

For those unable to join her local winter reading, we are spotlighting this powerful, beautiful collection of poetry. As of this writing, it seems we have a professed national emergency on our hands. What better way to gather as a community to understand the factors that drive people to flee to the sanctuary of the United States, than through their own voices, their own stories?

How does it feel to celebrate the food and traditions you’ve left behind?

Merna is also the founder and co-director of Stories of Arrival: Youth Voices Poetry Project, which is where she works with the youth whose voices rise from the pages of this special collection. Besides her extensive work with traumatized youth as a teacher and poet, she has won a National Storytelling Network Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling. She teaches Creative Writing, Poetry, and the Humanities at the University of Washington.

Please join us to discuss Our Table of Memories: Food & Poetry of Spirit, Homeland & Tradition, edited by Merna Ann Hecht (Chatwin Books, 2016) on Sunday March 31 from 4:00-5:30 pm 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. Our Table of Memories is available through your local library. If you are interested in buying the book, check out the area’s local book stores or visit BookPeople of Moscow where Book Club members receive a discount. For more information about the Good Food Book Club, visit moscowfood.coop/the-good-food-book-club.

-Co-op volunteer and book club president Rachel Clark