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.


November'S BOOK OF THE MONTH:

Delicious Foods BY James Hannaham

When: Sunday, December 2 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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A writer of major importance... Moments of deft lyricism are Hannaham's greatest strength, and those touches of beauty and intuitive metaphor make the novel's difficult subject matter easier to bear. ~ New York Times Book Review 

OK everyone, hold onto your hats. This month's Good Food Book Club book is taking a hard turn into spellbinding, momentous fiction. The major nugget linking our book to food is the title--Delicious Food by James Hannaham. But that is where the connection to "good food" ends. Sort of. This book is a multiple award-winning 2016 novel that looks to blow us well into a gripping and timely story. We've read many non-fiction books in the Good Food Book Club, and this year we began incorporating a few novels. This is our last novel of the year, so please join us!

First conjure up a mom and her son, suddenly dealing with the worst loss, but then drawn along by unforeseen circumstances that upend everything they thought they knew. Enter a shady business called "Delicious Foods" and you're catching a glimpse behind the binding. Delicious Foods is a "farm" that pounces on mother, Darlene, sweeping her away from her son into enslaved farm work. Young Eddie is suddenly faced with survival without his mom. But she had nearly checked out before her abduction anyway, with an addiction she'd used to numb her loss. Now the two are forced to come to a reckoning, without each other. With the addiction. With racism and slavery. And, with a mysterious farm.

What more appropriate book to feast upon during the month of gratitude, than a novel that touches our hearts in the deepest ways?

Ron Charles at The Washington Post says: " "[A] sensational new novel about the tenacity of racism and its bizarre permutations... bounce[s] off the page with the sharpest, wittiest, most unsettling cultural criticism I've read in years... Hannaham is a propulsive storyteller... the whole story speeds through the dark... never takes its foot off the gas... An archetypal tale of American struggle... Reminiscent of Edward P. Jones's The Known World...[A] fantastically creative performance... [An] insightful and ultimately tender novel... You will devour this book."

-Co-op volunteer and book club president Rachel Clark


December'S BOOK OF THE MONTH:

Extra Virgin: A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera, Where Every Month Is Enchanted BY Annie Hawes

When: Sunday, January 6 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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Welcome to December! As we get ready to unwind into the deep winter of the Palouse, let’s turn inwards and soar to the Italian Riviera. This month’s Good Food Book Club is part memoir, part food-calendar, part delightful traipse into Italian culture… and it’s all heart. Come join us to read Extra Virgin: A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera, Where Every Month is Enchanted by Annie Hawes.

While we are quietly going into the long dark nights of the Pacific Northwest, we can savor the light-filled luminous days of two sisters from England who decide to leave their own dark world for the Italian Riviera. As they discover a new taste of life in the radiant bright olive groves they’ve chosen, they also confront the age old questions of humanity: Who Am I and What Will I Do with My One Precious Life?

How this plays out in the unexpected and savory community of their little parcel of Italy, in between meals and food unheard of in England, leads to a sweet and delectable journey. One the sisters could never have predicted as they set out—isn’t that the way with so many important journeys?

From Publishers Weekly:

“What began as a 10-week jaunt became a permanent move to a vibrant, rich lifestyle revolving around food and the land… Hawes… give(s) a full account of how the pale-skinned, decidedly un-Italian sisters carved their niche among olive farmers and card-playing locals. Cuisine is a major part of the tale, and Hawes integrates it into her writing as a key cultural and social aspect of Ligurian life. The sisters are constantly chided for such grave sins as eating their salad before the main course and drinking two cups of morning espresso.”
-Co-op volunteer and book club president Rachel Clark