Back to the Table!

  • May 29, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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I know, I know.  Almost two years since we last met!  Life just gets crazy sometimes and I forget to keep up with some of the things I love.  Fortunately one of our dedicated members, the lovely Grace Thacker, very persuasively brought me back to my senses, and now, my friends, I invite you to once again join me at my home as we discuss our food-related reading as we share a convivial evening of food and drink.

Our book for this event was suggested by Grace and it's a great way to get us going again: The Belly of Paris by Emile Zola.

The Belly of Paris is Les Halles centrales, the enormous (21-acre) market complex built by Baron Haussmann in the 1850s. Into it flowed great rivers of vegetables, cheeses, butter, fish and meats, and out of it sewers of blood and putrefaction. …Zola describes both with typical hypnotic exhaustiveness. Escaping from undeserved exile on Devils Island, the starving quondam scholar Florent finds the markets occasionally seductive but more often repellent. From the moment he arrives, he is caught in what his friend the artist Claude Lantier (from La Confession de Claude) calls the Battle of the Fat and the Thin being waged between the well-fed, self-satisfied petty burghers and the hungry, envious lower classes. … One of Zola's own favorites, The Belly of Paris is a brilliant exposition of one man's fragmentation and an often painful indictment of those who live innocent of infamy or praise.” (From Publishers Weekly as quoted on, Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Here are some reminders as to how our Meetup functions:

--RSVP.  I can host only a limited number in my home.  There will be a waiting list and most people on the list usually make it in. Please don't hold a place unless you truly plan to read the book and attend the Meetup.

--Read the book.  Amazon has it on Kindle and also has some inexpensive used copies.  It is also available as an audio book.  You can find it in the New Orleans Public Library but the Jefferson library only has a French copy.

--Bring a food item to share, preferably related to our book selection.  With The Belly of Paris, you will have lots of options.  You don't have to personally make it; you can opt to bring a favorite purchased treat.  And you don't have to bring a whole lot.  Just enough for 10-12 people to have a little taste.  IMPORTANT:  Indicate in the RSVP list what you plan to bring.  If you have already RSVP'd, just go back in and click "change your RSVP and respond YES again and write in your food item in the comment space.  That way everyone will see what everyone else is contributing.

--I will provide beverages (including wine), plates, utensils, etc.

--I will email the address to those attending, a few days in advance.

That's it!  Have fun.  Stay cool.  See you soon.



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  • Jennifer E.

    I have to go out of town that weekend now for a food extravaganza in Shreveport, of all places. So sorry I will miss the event, but please let me know about the next one.

    May 9, 2014

    • Lorraine L.

      A Food Extravaganza! Have fun. You will be missed.

      1 · May 16, 2014

  • Grace T.

    The book is also available as a free download on

    April 22, 2014

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