Slow Food Seattle Book Club – “Relish” by Lucy Knisley

RELISH BANNERChat with fellow food and book lovers at the Slow Food Seattle book club! We are a casual, easy-going group and all are welcome to attend.

Our first book for Jan 2014 is “Relish: My Life in the Kitchen” by comic artist Lucy Knisley. This is a graphic memoir/cookbook illustrating (literally!) her life so far via her experiences with food. The official book blurb is below along with a peek inside the book.

We will be meeting on Thu, Jan 9 at 6:30pm at Zoka Coffee Roasters on Blakeley behind U-Village. Please see the RSVP links below for more specifics.

Our book clubs are a great way to get to know people in the Slow Food organization. We meet every other month to discuss a food title, and we’re always happy to meet new book and food lovers!

In order to reserve space appropriately, we are asking for RSVPs by Jan 3. You can RSVP here on our Facebook page or here on our Eventbrite page for those not on FB. Thanks!

Book description:

Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe—many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy’s original inventions.

A welcome read for anyone who ever felt more passion for a sandwich than is strictly speaking proper, Relish is a graphic novel for our time: it invites the reader to celebrate food as a connection to our bodies and a connection to the earth, rather than an enemy, a compulsion, or a consumer product.

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Today is Terra Madre Day! Celebrate Local Food, Enjoy the “Ark of Taste”


Today is Terra Madre Day! It’s an international day set aside to celebrate local food.

There’s no formal Slow Food Seattle event today, but please do stay tuned to see what we have in the works for 2014. Our leadership team has been discussing many really delicious possibilities for members and we hope to start announcing new events as we head into the new year.

In the meantime, you can celebrate local foods in your own home today and any day! One way is, of course, shopping locally for local produce.

Or consider checking out one of our Pacific Northwest products listed on Slow Food’s Ark of Taste.

The Ark of Taste is a special project of Slow Food, with the mission to “rediscover, catalog and promote foods that are closely linked to specific communities and cultures but are threatened by industrial standardization. Today the Ark lists more than 1,100 unique foods from 50 countries. The Foundation has set an ambitious goal to board thousands more products over the next few years, tracking them down in every corner of the planet to provide a great step forward in protecting edible biodiversity.”

What does this mean? It means the Ark of Taste is dedicated to making sure some of our most delicious foods don’t go extinct! And to save them by eating them, and encouraging others to get to know these special ingredients.

You can explore the whole list here, but here are some ideas for something you could do for Terra Madre related to the Ark of Taste for dinner tonight!

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