Join us as we meet to discuss a food-focused book. We meet approximately every six weeks when a Dame selects the book and leads the discussion. All Dames are welcome. The host chooses a nonfiction or fiction book (not a recipe book), preferably one that is available in the library or can be purchased at a low price, that lends itself to a thoughtful discussion. Eileen maintains a list of suitable books and recommendations to aid the host in her selection. If you are interested in hosting or have any questions about Dames Who Read, contact Eileen Dykes at email@example.com
BOOK SELECTION: Edible Stories: A Novel in Sixteen Parts by Mark Kurlansky
DATE: Monday, November 1, 2021
TIME: 7:00 -8:30 p.m.
HOST: Susan Callahan
ZOOM LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85780291600
In these linked stories, Mark Kurlansky reveals the bond that can hold people together, tear them apart, or make them become vegan: food. Through muffins or hot dogs, an indigenous Alaskan fish soup, a bean curd Thanksgiving turkey or potentially toxic crème brulee, a rotating cast of characters learns how to honor the past, how to realize you're not in love with someone any more, and how to forgive. These women and men meet and eat and love, leave and drink and in the end, come together in Seattle as they are as inextricably linked with each other as they are with the food they eat and the wine they drink. Kurlansky brings a keen eye and unerring sense of humanity to these stories. And throughout, his love and knowledge of food shows just how important a role what we eat plays in our lives.
BOOK SELECTION: A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage
DATE: Monday, December 13, 2021
TIME: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
HOST: Sheryl Hoehner
ZOOM LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89717049941
Beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coca-Cola: In Tom Standage’s deft, innovative account of world history, these six beverages turn out to be much more than just ways to quench thirst. They also represent six eras that span the course of civilization—from the adoption of agriculture, to the birth of cities, to the advent of globalization. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century through each epoch’s signature refreshment. As Standage persuasively argues, each drink is in fact a kind of technology, advancing culture and catalyzing the intricate interplay of different societies. After reading this enlightening book, you may never look at your favorite drink in quite the same way again.