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The Albany Food Readers Book Club is a proud member of the Food Readers Organization whose mission is to build food system book club communities in order to promote food system education. Our goal is to empower participants with a new found awareness and appreciation for our food system.

We believe that reading, discussion, and community building are the ingredients needed to counterbalance the misconceptions in our food system.

We aim to meet as a group every 2 months.

Book topics include farming, agriculture, cooking education, nature, ecology, food history, food biography, food memoirs, food science, food justice, food security, food policy and issues, foodie culture, and food related movements such as slow food, farm-to-table, vegan, vegetarian, raw food and gluten free just to name a few!

Our book club’s partnership with the Honest Weight Food Co-op has given us a terrific monthly meeting location in their Community Room. The space provides more than enough room for members to gather comfortably (chairs provided). If possible, members are encouraged to bring a dish, treat, or drink to our monthly meetings.

Feel free to visit the Food Readers Organization website to learn more. Their website is www.foodreaders.com.

Looking forward to meeting you at our next meeting! Any questions, just ask.

Also, If for any reason, you feel that you didn't have a great time at our Meetup, please message me with ideas on potential changes. The goal is to give everyone a 5 stars experience!

Keep Reading and Eating - Eric

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My Soul Looks Back: A Memoir

Online event

Announcement - Please remember to update your RSVP if your plans change. --------------------------------------------------------- LOCATION Jitsi video conferencing service. This meeting will be held online via Jitsi, a 100% fully encrypted, 100% open source, 100% free video conferencing service (think Zoom but better). If you can make it, please remember to RSVP! The link below is to the Jitsi website where you can learn more about what Jitsi is all about. https://jitsi.org/ Here is a meeting link that will take you directly to our Jitsi meeting room. https://meet.jit.si/HurtOperasSimulateThereby Step 1. Save the above link in your calendar. Step 2. Click the link and enter your name. Step 3. Make sure your microphone and video are connected. You can check your settings by clicking the microphone and video circle icons directly below the Join Meeting button. Step 4. Click the Join Meeting button. If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email at [masked]. • Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM • Date: Saturday, February 6th, 2021 --------------------------------------------------------- BOOK OF THE MONTH • TITLE: My Soul Looks Back: A Memoir • AUTHOR: Jessica Harris • Book of the Month Amazon Link (https://www.amazon.com/My-Soul-Looks-Back-Memoir/dp/1501125923/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1570199378&sr=8-1) • Book of the Month Good Reads Link (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30753749-my-soul-looks-back?ac=1&from_search=true) • Book Synopsis (via Kitchen Arts & Letters) No one cooks or eats in isolation, and Jessica B. Harris’s evocative memoir is a brilliant portrayal of the influences that shaped the early life of one of America’s pioneering food historians. Coming of age in New York City in the early 1970s, Harris fell in with and became a vital part of a circle of black writers and artists, among them Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor, James Baldwin, and especially Baldwin’s good friend Sam Floyd, for whom food and drink were a currency they shared with each other as freely as ideas. In restaurants and walk-up apartments, on vacations in the Caribbean or Paris, Harris was creating herself through experiences she shared and lessons she learned from a sophisticated, worldly, and warm group of friends. If initially, it seems that Harris’s friends occupy more of the book’s stage than she does, that changes as she grows in confidence and experience, parting ways with some friends, losing others, but staying aware of what they added to her life. My Soul Looks Back is an affectionate tribute to figures who are often brilliant and difficult but willing to share something of themselves over a plate or a glass. Most chapters conclude with a recipe, such as a soupe au pistou inspired by a week Harris spent at Baldwin’s home in the south of France. --------------------------------------------------------- If you can, feel free to bring a dish, treat, or drink. --------------------------------------------------------- • How can I participate? Don’t worry! It is easy. This is a leisurely based book community for people who read the book of the month, are trying to connect with other like-minded individuals who happen to love to eat and read. • Basic Strategies: Highlight passages that interest you / relate to your past experiences, write down questions, tell us how you felt about the reading, relate it to something you have experienced, what didn’t you like? what did you like? was the writing style accessible? Lit Lovers Book Club Discussion Guide (http://www.litlovers.com/run-a-book-club/questions-for-nonfiction) --------------------------------------------------------- Please remember to monitor your RSVP status. If something changes, please make the appropriate changes. Cheers, Eric - Organizer ----------------------- *The Albany Food Readers Book Club is made possible entirely by member contributions. Monetary donations are encouraged but not required.

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