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”

TERRA MADRE DAY

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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“GMO OMG” opens tonight at SIFF

GMO OMGGMO OMG opens in Seattle tonight (Fri, Sept 27) at SIFF. Are you planning to attend?

Tonight there is a Q&A with Pamm Larry, California Grassroots Leader & Initial Instigator of Prop 37.

The film shows again tomorrow (Sat, Sept 28) at 3pm & 5:15.

As a proud supporter of Yes on 522, the GMO labeling initiative, Slow Food Seattle has shared numerous Yes on I-522 related updates/events/and posts on our page.

The timing of the film’s release couldn’t have come at a better time, as we are just over a month away from I-522 going up for a vote in WA state.

There have been a couple of pre-screenings already -including one hosted by PCC Natural Markets at Seattle Art Museum last Wednesday. Have you viewed the film or heard much buzz about it already? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

More info and reviews on the film and watch the trailer at the bottom of the post.

GMO OMG, take the audience on a journey to explore the unknown health and environmental risks of GMO’s, chemical toxins, and the food monopoly as well as the growing global movement to take back what we have lost.

“Filmmaker Jeremy Seifert digs deep into the current controversy surrounding GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) and their stronghold on the American agricultural system.” Eater.com

“Director Jeremy Seifert accomplishes something remarkable when he turns his camera on his family…its refreshing to see a work that gives emotion its due.” Grist.org

For more information, see the film’s Facebook page or website.

Slow Food Seattle’s Harvest Potluck and Annual Meeting is on Oct 13 – all are welcome!

2012-04-01Come to share and enjoy a Harvest Potluck with other like-minded folks who appreciate our local bounty and to learn about Slow Foods revived national initiatives and the new work we are beginning locally.

Our Harvest Potluck and Annual Meeting will be on October 13 at 1pm, at the Montlake Community Center.  RSVP here

Everyone is welcome! You do not have to be a Slow Food Seattle member to come join in the potluck. If you have been curious about our organization, this is a great chance to come meet with members and see what we’re all about! We will be discussing a few membership-related topics, with a few members-only votes, but the majority of our topics and activities will be of interest to anyone interested in good, clean, fair food:

  • I-522 (labeling GMO foods). Meg Kennedy from Central Co-op, will be there to discuss this important ballot initiative.
  • Ark of Taste: Slow Food’s Ark of Taste is a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction. The Ark’s goal is to help promote these foods to ensure their continued existence.
  • Slow Food’s new national initiatives
  • School gardens
  • Slow Fish – Slow Food’s special focus on seafood

IMG_7574Please bring:

  • A favorite dish to serve 20 with serving utensils
  • Eating utensils and a non-alcoholic beverage

We will supply plates, cups and napkins.

There will also be door prizes!

RSVP HERE

Next Slow Food Seattle Book Club Meeting: Oct 17 – “THE GOOD FOOD REVOLUTION” by Will Allen

Will AllenWe are still finalizing location details, but wanted to give you all an early heads-up to give you plenty of time to read this great next selection for our Slow Food Seattle Book Club.

Will Allen’s autobiography, THE GOOD FOOD REVOLUTION, was just published in paperback. He’s coming to Seattle to speak at the Seattle Public Library Microsoft Auditorium on 11/20 and then as the key speaker at the Snohomish County Focus on Farming conference on 11/21. So it seems like a perfect time to read his book!

We will meet from 6:30-8pm. The book club is always free to attend and is open to members and non-members. It’s a fun, casual, welcoming group of folks who love good food and good books. We’d love to see you there!

We’ll either be meeting in Capitol Hill or the Roosevelt area, and we’ll have more details on this ASAP.

You can RSVP on our Facebook page. If you’re not on Facebook, feel free to email Leslie Seaton with your RSVP or any questions.

Here’s the blurb on the book:

A pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur Genius Award-Winner points the way to building a new food system that can feed- and heal- communities.

The son of a sharecropper, Will Allen had no intention of ever becoming a farmer himself. But after years in professional basketball and as an executive for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Procter & Gamble, he cashed in his retirement fund for a two-acre plot just outside Milwaukee’s largest public housing project. The area was a food desert with only convenience stores and fast-food restaurants to serve the needs of locals.

Despite financial challenges and daunting odds, Allen built the country’s preeminent urban farm-a food and educational center that now produces enough produce and fish year-round to feed thousands. Employing young people from the neighboring housing project and community, Growing Power shows how local food systems can help troubled youths, dismantle racism, create jobs, bring urban and rural communities closer together, and improve public health. Today, Allen’s organization helps develop community food systems across the country.

An eco-classic in the making, The Good Food Revolution is the story of Will’s personal journey, the lives he has touched, and a grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats.