Next Slow Food Seattle Books Meeting: May 12

Kurt Timmermeister

Kurt Timmermeister

Join us on May 12 for the next Slow Food Seattle Books!

Our May book club selection is Kurt Timmermeister’s, Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land.

“An intimate look at the life and livelihood of a modern-day farmer, as told by a former urbanite. A bona-fide city dweller, Kurt Timmermeister never intended to run his own dairy farm. When he purchased four acres of land on Vashon

Island, he was looking for an affordable home a ferry ride away from the restaurants he ran in Seattle. But as he continued to serve his customers frozen chicken breasts and packaged pork, he became aware of the connection between what he ate and where it came from: a hive of bees provided honey; a young cow could give fresh milk; an apple orchard allowed him to make vinegar.

Growing a FarmerTold in Timmermeister’s plainspoken voice, Growing a Farmer details with honesty the initial stumbles and subsequent realities he had to face in his quest to establish a profitable farm for himself. Personal yet

practical, Growing a Farmer includes the specifics of making cheese, raising cows, and slaughtering pigs, and it will recast entirely the way we think about our relationship to the food we consume.”

Join us! This will be an active, open conversation and all are welcome – please come even if you haven’t had a chance to finish the book! We’ll be meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. Roy Street Coffee and Tea is located at 700 Broadway East. Limited free parking is available in the lot below.

Please post questions as you’re reading for Kurt in the comments here or on our Reading Discussion on Facebook. Kurt has generously agreed to answer them for us!

RSVP to books@slowfoodseattle.org RSVP on Facebook too!

Want to pick up a copy of Growing a Farmer? Here’s a list of local booksellers, also available via our Amazon store.

Kurt Timmermeister

Next Slow Food Seattle Books Meeting: March 10

Join us for our next Slow Food Seattle Books meeting on March 10, 2011 at Roy Street Coffee and Tea on Capitol Hill!

Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild FoodOur March book club selection is Paul Greenberg’s Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food. Greenberg describes how four fish–salmon, tuna, bass, and cod–“dominate the modern seafood market.” He takes a culinary journey around the world and examines how the wild fish industry has become increasingly industrialized over the last 30 years. He also shows how we can heal the ocean and make sustainable seafood the rule rather than the exception. This book is sure to generate great passion and discussion, so join us! This will be an active, open conversation and all are welcome – please join us even if you haven’t had a chance to finish the book! We’ll be meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10. Roy Street Coffee and Tea is located at 700 Broadway East. Limited free parking is available in the lot below.
  • Read or listen to an interview with Greenberg on NPR here
  • Check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch here and we can discuss your thoughts.
  • See Dan Barber’s funny and thoughtful presentation, “How I Fell In Love with a Fish,” here
  • Support wild salmon & the food, jobs, and economic benefits they provide by sending a letter to President Obama.

RSVP to books@slowfoodseattle.org RSVP on Facebook too!

Want to pick up a copy of Four Fish? Here’s a list of local booksellers, also available via our Amazon store.