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Hello! Thank you for stopping by.

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

Upcoming events (5+)

Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir

Honest Weight Food Co-op

Announcement - Please remember to update your RSVP if your plans change. --------------------------------------------------------- LOCATION Albany's Honest Weight Food Co-op (Community Room) Plenty of room for parking. Handicap accessible. Chairs are provided! Here is a video from the entrance of the Co-Op to the Community Room where we meet - (https://vimeo.com/264855886) from Eric Fletcher • Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM • Date: Saturday, December 7th, 2019 --------------------------------------------------------- BOOK OF THE MONTH • TITLE: Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir • AUTHOR: Kwame Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein • Book of the Month Amazon Link (https://www.amazon.com/Notes-Young-Black-Chef-Memoir/dp/1524732621/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1570198225&sr=8-1) • Book of the Month Good Reads Link (https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/40645634-notes-from-a-young-black-chef) • Book Synopsis (via Kitchen Arts & Letters) Hard work and a brush with celebrity were no guarantee of success for Kwame Onwuachi. Raised in the Bronx, with a sojourn in his mother’s native Nigeria as a teenager, he let his love of food lead him into a profession that promised to award hard work but was often particularly unwelcoming to a cook of color. His culinary resume included graduation from the CIA, stints at some of New York’s most celebrated restaurants, and a turn on Top Chef. But when at 25 he opened his own restaurant in Washington, DC to great expectations, things went so wrong that the place closed in less than three months. It was more than a rude awakening. And in Notes from a Young Black Chef he strives for perspective on his own mistakes, on the challenges he faced that are common to anyone in the restaurant industry, and on those that were amplified for—or existed solely for—a young black man. The story he tells is important, dismaying, and inspiring by turns, and relevant to anyone who wants to understand the culinary business in America. --------------------------------------------------------- If you can, feel free to bring a dish, treat, or drink. *The Albany Food Readers Book Club is made possible entirely by member contributions. Monetary donations are encouraged but not required. --------------------------------------------------------- • 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? There is no perfect way to participate! If you'd like, check out the MESSAGE BOARD section of our Meetup page for more suggestions as well as information about our meeting structure! 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 ---------------------------------------------------------- *Monetary donations are encouraged for only those who are in a financial position well enough to merit such actions. All donations will go to offset the monthly Meet Up website costs. The organizer's responsibility is to pay all monthly expenses to Meet Up to keep our website active. The current monthly expense is $14.99 billed upfront in 6-month increments. That said, any monetary donation to help offset the expenses will be extremely appreciated. Donations above and beyond our operating expenses will go toward special events and guest speakers.

Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World’s Riskiest Business

Honest Weight Food Co-op

Announcement - Please remember to update your RSVP if your plans change. --------------------------------------------------------- LOCATION Albany's Honest Weight Food Co-op (Community Room) Plenty of room for parking. Handicap accessible. Chairs are provided! Here is a video from the entrance of the Co-Op to the Community Room where we meet - (https://vimeo.com/264855886) from Eric Fletcher • Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM • Date: Saturday, February 1st, 2020 --------------------------------------------------------- BOOK OF THE MONTH • TITLE: Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World’s Riskiest Business • AUTHOR: Matt Lee and Ted Lee • Book of the Month Amazon Link (https://www.amazon.com/Hotbox-Inside-Catering-Riskiest-Business/dp/1250241391/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1570198800&sr=8-1) • Book of the Month Good Reads Link (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40046056-hotbox?from_search=true) • Book Synopsis (via Kitchen Arts & Letters) Vividly, compulsively readable, Hotbox is a behind-the-pipe-and-drape look at the business and drama of high-end catering. Matt Lee and Ted Lee, best known for three award-winning books on American Southern food, turn their hands here to the culinary version of special forces: the crack teams of cooks,captains, and waiters who pull off high-stakes events night after night in locations that were never designed for dinner. Whether it’s a museum gala or a hedge-fund billionaire’s third wedding (set in a field with a stunning view of rivers, mountains, and valleys but no running water, electricity, or gas—and 500 spun-sugar cages that must be precisely placed atop individually plated ice cream wedding cakes—) everything must seem to be perfect. Of course, it is not always so. And it’s in those moments that courage and a flair for improvisation set the great catering teams apart. If you like Bill Buford’s Heat, or Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, Hotbox will grip you. --------------------------------------------------------- If you can, feel free to bring a dish, treat, or drink. *The Albany Food Readers Book Club is made possible entirely by member contributions. Monetary donations are encouraged but not required. --------------------------------------------------------- • 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? There is no perfect way to participate! If you'd like, check out the MESSAGE BOARD section of our Meetup page for more suggestions as well as information about our meeting structure! 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 ---------------------------------------------------------- *Monetary donations are encouraged for only those who are in a financial position well enough to merit such actions. All donations will go to offset the monthly Meet Up website costs. The organizer's responsibility is to pay all monthly expenses to Meet Up to keep our website active. The current monthly expense is $14.99 billed upfront in 6-month increments. That said, any monetary donation to help offset the expenses will be extremely appreciated. Donations above and beyond our operating expenses will go toward special events and guest speakers.

Burn the Place

Honest Weight Food Co-op

Announcement - Please remember to update your RSVP if your plans change. --------------------------------------------------------- LOCATION Albany's Honest Weight Food Co-op (Community Room) Plenty of room for parking. Handicap accessible. Chairs are provided! Here is a video from the entrance of the Co-Op to the Community Room where we meet - (https://vimeo.com/264855886) from Eric Fletcher • Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM • Date: Saturday, April 4th, 2020 --------------------------------------------------------- BOOK OF THE MONTH • TITLE: Burn the Place • AUTHOR: Iliana Regan • Book of the Month Amazon Link (https://www.amazon.com/Burn-Place-Memoir-Iliana-Regan/dp/1572842830/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1570199004&sr=8-1) • Book of the Month Good Reads Link (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40916358-burn-the-place?from_search=true) • Book Synopsis (via Kitchen Arts & Letters) With resonant endorsements from her professional colleagues, Iliana Regan has written a smart and moving account of how someone who seemed to have a long list of things against her became a successful and respected chef. Regan is now the owner of two Chicago restaurants (Kitsune and the starred Elizabeth) but she grew up on an Indiana farm. Although she connected strongly to the foods her family grew and that she foraged nearby, she was an outsider in her community: a girl who wanted to be a boy, a woman who loved women. And as she began working in the restaurant world, she continued to be an outsider but somehow managed to turn that difference into something remarkable. Told in vivid, short chapters that combine lyrical writing with sometimes raw emotion—to say nothing of the intensity of professional cooking—Burn the Place is a strong antidote to the familiar chef memoir and an invigorating read. --------------------------------------------------------- If you can, feel free to bring a dish, treat, or drink. *The Albany Food Readers Book Club is made possible entirely by member contributions. Monetary donations are encouraged but not required. --------------------------------------------------------- • 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? There is no perfect way to participate! If you'd like, check out the MESSAGE BOARD section of our Meetup page for more suggestions as well as information about our meeting structure! 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 ---------------------------------------------------------- *Monetary donations are encouraged for only those who are in a financial position well enough to merit such actions. All donations will go to offset the monthly Meet Up website costs. The organizer's responsibility is to pay all monthly expenses to Meet Up to keep our website active. The current monthly expense is $14.99 billed upfront in 6-month increments. That said, any monetary donation to help offset the expenses will be extremely appreciated. Donations above and beyond our operating expenses will go toward special events and guest speakers.

You and I Eat the Same

Honest Weight Food Co-op

Announcement - Please remember to update your RSVP if your plans change. --------------------------------------------------------- LOCATION Albany's Honest Weight Food Co-op (Community Room) Plenty of room for parking. Handicap accessible. Chairs are provided! Here is a video from the entrance of the Co-Op to the Community Room where we meet - (https://vimeo.com/264855886) from Eric Fletcher • Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM • Date: Saturday, June 6th, 2020 --------------------------------------------------------- BOOK OF THE MONTH • TITLE: You and I Eat the Same: On the Countless Ways Food and Cooking Connect Us to One Another (MAD Dispatches, Volume 1) • AUTHOR: Edited by Chris Ying • Book of the Month Amazon Link (https://www.amazon.com/You-Eat-Same-Countless-Dispatches/dp/1579658407/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=You+and+I+Eat+the+Same&qid=1570199148&sr=8-1) • Book of the Month Good Reads Link (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40694542-you-and-i-eat-the-same?ac=1&from_search=true) • Book Synopsis (via Kitchen Arts & Letters) The annual MAD Symposium in Copenhagen, founded by René Redzepi, gathers chefs and restaurateurs, artists and scholars, and other people in the global food community to discuss the creation of a social conscience informed by a sense of curiosity, and an appetite for sustainable change in the way we think about food, eating, and dining. This is the first volume in a new yearly series that offers essays inspired by the conversations at MAD. Here, more than twenty contributors explore “the countless ways food and cooking connect us to one another.” Along with Redzepi, writers appearing here include Paul Freedman (There is No Such Thing as a Nonethnic Restaurant), Aralyn Beaumont (Everybody Wraps Meat in Flatbread), Osayi Endolyn (Fried Chicken is Common Ground), Cemre Narinn (The Good Stuff Doesn’t Sit Still), and David Zilber (You Can’t Take the Shoyu Out of Japan). --------------------------------------------------------- If you can, feel free to bring a dish, treat, or drink. *The Albany Food Readers Book Club is made possible entirely by member contributions. Monetary donations are encouraged but not required. --------------------------------------------------------- • 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? There is no perfect way to participate! If you'd like, check out the MESSAGE BOARD section of our Meetup page for more suggestions as well as information about our meeting structure! 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 ---------------------------------------------------------- *Monetary donations are encouraged for only those who are in a financial position well enough to merit such actions. All donations will go to offset the monthly Meet Up website costs. The organizer's responsibility is to pay all monthly expenses to Meet Up to keep our website active. The current monthly expense is $14.99 billed upfront in 6-month increments. That said, any monetary donation to help offset the expenses will be extremely appreciated. Donations above and beyond our operating expenses will go toward special events and guest speakers.

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