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Slow Food Book Picks

For our last meeting, attendees were asked to bring a favorite food-related book. The choices were interesting and widely varied, including memoirs, investigative journalism, fiction, and cookbooks. Favorite food books created a window into the tastes, imaginations, and personalities of our group, so we know you’ll be interested in what these choices were. Here they are!

Kate: Chez Panisse Vegetables, by Alice Waters.
jeff: The Accidental Connoisseur: An Irreverent Journey Through the Wine World, by Lawrence Osborne
Katie: Tender at the Bone: Growing up at the Table, by Ruth Riechl
Andy: Organic, Inc: Natural Foods and How they Grew, by Samuel Fromartz
Erin: On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town, by Susan Loomis
Sara Zoe: My Life in France, by Julia Child with Alex Prudhomme
Joanne: Didn’t know about the bring-a-book plan, but a recent fiction read inspired her to make biscuits on a cold winter day!
Steve: The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster (For the tasty alphabet market…)
Peter: The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History in Four Meals, by Michael Pollan
Michelle: Saltwater Foodways: New Englanders and Their Food At Sea and Ashore in the 19th Century, by Sandy Oliver
John: Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses, by Isabel Allende
Jenny: The Political Palate, by the Bloodroot Collective
Joanne: The Art of Syrian Cooking (available secondhand!), by Helen Corey

It was so great to be introduced to these books. If you care to order any, think about taking title and author information to your local bookseller to give those folks your business!


Cultures across the world have long been fascinated with the idea that food can not only help us express love, but might even be able to act on our systems to get us in the mood for romance. Science lends only some very small support to the idea, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying the rich, flavorful, and luxurious foods considered to be aphrodisiacs. Tonight’s Slow Food meeting features a “Foods of Love” potluck, in honor of the month of St. Valentine. For some of the most commonly identified aphrodisiac foods, consult Amy Reiley’s website Eat Something Sexy. You can sign up for an Aphrodisiac of the Month e-mail from Ms. Reiley! Thanks to Jim for letting us know of this fun resource.