Slow Books is a curated list of books and resources that speak to Slow Food values. We hope to connect readers with food writing that inspires thought and discussion about the food you love, diverse food cultures, historical foodways, food justice and the joy of eating.
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THIS MONTH’S RECOMMENDATIONS
October 2023 books selected by Slow Books team member Tammy
Yogurt & Whey: Recipes of an Iranian Immigrant Life
by Homa Dashtaki
“I am loving this book so far. I love the story of the Iranian community Homa is part of, how she bonds with her father by starting a yogurt company, how they are finding wheys 😅 to promote a byproduct in need of being diverted from the waste stream, and more.”
Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Dee Romito, author, and Laura Freeman, illustrator
This stunning picture book looks into the life of Georgia Gilmore, a hidden figure of history who played a critical role in the civil rights movement and used her passion for baking to help the Montgomery Bus Boycott achieve its goal. (From Bookshop.org)
For the 2022 Network-Wide Read-Along, the Slow Books team chose Grist: A Practical Guide to Cooking Grains, Beans, Seeds, and Legumes by Abra Berens. Here are some additional reading materials to enhance your enjoyment of this epic ode to some of our favorite foods.
In 2021, Slow Books selected Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass as its network-wide read-along for the year. They created a Discussion Guide and revised their Virtual Book Club Toolkit. Watch a video recording of a session where the Slow Books team offered tips on how to host a chapter-wide book club focused on the book.
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The Slow Food Book Curators
Cedar is a chef, community gardener, farmer, writer, singer, artist. They devour books both fiction and nonfiction that help them imagine emergent worlds. Their favorite ingredients to cook with are chilies, and they love exploring recipes as a way to apprentice themselves to culture, tradition, and place. Cedar’s favorite genre of book is magical realism, especially when written by folks who use storytelling to offer alternatives to the current systems of hierarchy and dominance.