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Foodie Movie Sunday, April 5

Sunday, April 5 at 2:00pm, we’ll gather to watch the documentary “How to Cook Your Life” – a Zen look at how life’s lessons can be learned through cooking. The subject of the film, Edward Espe Brown, wrote a piece in the book we’re reading for our April 12 book club meeting, Bread, Body Spirit. The movie is about 95 minutes.

We’ll enjoy the movie with a potluck meal, so please bring food or drink to share. We’ll meet in the clubroom at LivOnFifth, and since there’s no microwave and limited access to an oven, food served room temp would be great.

Looking forward to seeing you Sunday!


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Writing workshops with Kim Sunée


Our friend Kim Sunée is doing a cool series of writing workshops this summer at Studio B in Alys Beach, in the Florida panhandle. She’s got several week-long memoir writing workshops, and some food writing workshops too. Mmm… good food… writing… hanging out at a beautiful beach… this is the life I dream of! (Just add a tasty sidecar…) Kim’s the author of Trail of Crumbs, one of our previous selections – that meeting was one of the two largest ever for us; she was also the food editor at Cottage Living until it was shuttered.

Go check out Kim’s workshop schedule at the Studio B calendar. Reserve a spot. Take a laptop. Make cocktails. Drink, eat, write!

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Challenge: Win a signed copy of the April selection

Alice Peck has been generous enough to offer a signed copy of one of her books to the first person in the Foodie Book Club who can find a particular mistake in our April selection, Bread, Body, Spirit. She writes:

” I’ll give the first person in Foodie Book Club that finds it a signed copy of Bread, or if they already have one, a copy of my other book, Next to Godliness.”

If you think you’ve found it, email me. Two clues: She wrote it, and it’s in Chapter 2.

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April: Bread, Body, Spirit

Bread, Body, Spirit: Finding the Sacred in Food by Alice PeckOur April selection is Bread, Body, Spirit: Finding the Sacred in Food, an anthology edited by Alice Peck. This is a collection of essays, prose, and poetry from different faith traditions, and it looks at the entire process of food – growing it, catching it, cooking and serving it, skipping it, and composting it. The contributors come from a wide background: Jane Goodall, Barbara Kingsolver, Laurie Colwin, Kahlil Gibran, Thich Nhat Hanh, and many others. We’ll meet to talk about the book on Tuesday, April 14, at 6:00pm, at LivonFifth.

And, we’ve got a Sunday afternoon movie & potluck in the works:

One of the contributors to Bread, Body, Spirit, Zen teacher Edward Espe Brown, is also the subject of the documentary How to Cook Your Life (trailer above), in which he uses cooking to teach Zen Buddhist principles. (Brown is also the author of a few books & cookbooks—two are coming out later this year: The Tassajara Bread Book and The Complete Tassajara Cookbook.) We’re planning to get together and watch How to Cook Your Life before the April meeting. We’ll announce details on when and where soon.


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