January 2013: Starting with Dessert

It’s going to be a great year for the Birmingham Foodie Book Club!

kingsofpastry  It will start off on Tuesday, January 22nd with a movie night!!  Join us to watch the documentary the UK press dubbed “the culinary ‘Hurt Locker’,” Kings of Pastry.  We will be meeting in the club room of Livon5th at 2201 5th Ave. South in Birmingham at 6:00pm.  You are welcome to bring food and any beverage of your choosing, including adult varieties. As I am in the bake shop at culinary school this semester, I will bring the sweets.

In the meantime, you can watch the trailer here.

An extravagant hunger

 In February, we will read Anne Zimmerman’s deliciously decadent take on M. F. K. Fisher’s life and loves in An Extravagant Hunger.  Like most of us, Zimmerman knew there was much more behind the woman who virtually started the food literature genre.  She “mines Fisher’s journals and letters to create a rich portrait of a troubled, talented woman with a hearty appetite. ‘No matter her location or level of emotional anguish, she always noticed the meal in front of her,’ Zimmerman writes. ‘From her first salad on the rumbling train into Paris, to the inky wines that swayed in her glass on [a ship called] the Cellina, the colors and flavors of great food and wine brought her incomparable pleasure.'” – Washington Post (March 6, 2011)

The February meeting will be on Tuesday, February 12th, at 6pm at a location to be announced shortly.

Thejuice In March, we will wax poetic about wine with Jay McInernery’s book The Juice.  This collection of vignettes from his Wall Street Journal column.  This book is a fast-paced, make-you-green-with-envy, view from the top of the wine world. Amazon.com writes, “McInerney provides a master class in the almost infinite varieties of wine and the people and places that produce it all the world over, from the historic past to the often confusing present. From such legendary châteaus as Margaux and Latour and Palmer to Australia and New Zealand and South Africa, to new contenders in Santa Rita Hills and Paso Robles, we learn about terroir  and biodynamic viticulture, what Champagnes are affordable (or decidedly not), even what to drink over thirty-seven courses at Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli—in all, an array of grapes and wine styles that is comprehensive and thirst inducing.”

We will meet on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 6pm at a location to be announced in February.

Hope to see you all next week at Livon5th for to watch all the drama, tears, and sugar sculpting for those who compete to be the Kings of Pastry!

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