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.



Our lentil underground: How nearby farmers built a global model for local food BY Liz Carlisle

When: Sunday, September 29 from 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Location will be announced via email reminder
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What better book to read for September’s Good Food Book Club as we head towards the great Palouse fall harvest than Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America, by Liz Carlisle!? Start out at the Lentil Festival, our annual epic Fete of all things Lentil, then head home to the heady smells of fall harvest: the drying plums, the smell of apples on the breeze, the whiff of smoked peppers at the Moscow Farmer’s Market. Grab this month’s book and a bowl of lentil stew, a hunk of sourdough, and a glass of white wine, and you’ll be all set.

Liz Carlisle a Montanan herself, does a masterful job spotlighting the revolutionary story of a gang of low-key, off–the-industrial-supply-chain lentil farmers—who reclaim their small farm legacy by figuring out how to stay true to their roots while opening up their doors, and their harvests, to the farm-to-table customers who so dearly want the same things. When people realize the true costs and harms of the industrial supply chain—and we’re in an exponential phase of public perception on that—they want to get and eat real local food! It’s a win-win for local farmers and those of us who like to eat real local food.

Lentil Underground is a microcosm and model for how a bunch of nearby motley farmers took their hoes back into their own hands, put their feet down in the dirt, and said, Enough. They are a part of revolutionizing the local and regional PNW food system, and they now sell locally as well as to large companies who are committed to offering healthy farm-to-table real foods to customers around the country. It’s a scalable model that works.

Frederick Kirschenmann, author of Cultivating an Ecological Conscience writes, “Liz Carlisle’s new book is an absolute treasure—actual stories of real farmers in a part of Montana,  some of whom found that their industrial farming practices were a “losing game” and some who discovered that locally adapted organic farming could be resilient and economically successful. It is a must read for anyone interested in the future of food in America.”

-Co-op Volunteer and Book Club president Rachel Clark


Fat for Fuel: A revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase your Energy BY Dr. Joseph mercola


When: Sunday, October 28 from 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Location will be announced via email reminder
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October already! Now that fall is officially here, get ready to snuggle up with an inspiring  deep-dive-look at why healthy fat is so good for your body, and how to eat in a way that supports incredible optimal health and healing. We’ll be reading one of the Moscow Food Co-op’s favorite authors, Dr. Joseph Mercola. Our October selection is his book, “Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy.”  We read his book Effortless Healing earlier this year, and had more new folks come to discuss it than any book in recent memory. Some of us have permanently altered our eating habits as a result. With health, weight loss, and energy boosts to boot.

“Fat for Fuel” goes further than the simple outline listed in Effortless Healing. In it, Dr. Mercola expands on why healthy fat is so instrumental to human health and vitality, how it can trigger health and lasting weight loss, and even prevent and heal serious disease. If you’ve heard the of term “ketogenic” – essentially a way to promote healthy digestion, fat burning, excellent brain function, and living without chronic inflammation so common due to our typical America diet—you’ll  want to read this book. Furthermore, it’s a great companion follow-up to “The Big Fat Surprise,” by Nina Teicholz another recent book club selection.

“Fat for Fuel” comes as close to full 5 star rating on Amazon as any book we’ve seen, with hundreds of reviews—many absolutely glowing—and some claiming recovery and healing from long-term chronic diseases. It also has many more credentialed endorsements listed than we typically see.

-Co-op volunteer and book club president Rachel Clark


November -
"Delicious Foods," by James Hannaham.
December -
"Extra Virgin: A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera, Where Every Month is Enchanted," by Annie Hawkes.