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Do you love to eat or ever wonder about the many ways food and farming impacts our lives?

Drawing inspiration from the creative writings of various authors, the Food for Thought Book Club explores the many aspects of our food system.

The Food for Thought Book Club is held at two locations: the Coeur d'Alene Public Library and WSU Extension Spokane. Both are free and open to the public.

The Coeur d'Alene club meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6 - 8:00 pm. Copies of the book can be reserved at the Library or purchased at The Well Read Moose in Coeur d'Alene.

The Spokane club meets the fourth Monday of each month from 6 - 8:00 pm. (Note: the December meeting has been moved to December 17, 2018)

For more information about each month's book, please visit our calendar page.



Coeur d'Alene 2019 Reading list:

January: Fixing the food system

February: Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter

March: Being Salmon, Being Human by Martin Lee Mueller

April: Holy shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind by Gene Logsdon

May: Formerly Known as Food How the Industrial Food System Is Changing Our Minds, Bodies, and Culture by Kristin Lawless

June: A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism: Understanding the Political Economy of What We Eat by Eric Holt-Giménez

July & August Club does not meet

September: Mycelium running:  How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets

October: Jill Richardson’s Recipe for America: Why Our Food System is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It,

November: Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate  by Laura Lengnick

December: The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming by Natasha Bowens


Spokane 2019 Reading list:

January: The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Pollan, Michael (2007) 

February: Farm City: “The Education of An Urban Farmer byCarpenter, Novella (2009) 

March: Being Salmon, Being Human by Mueller, Martin Lee (2017) 

April: Holy Shit Managing Manure to Save Mankind by Logsdon, Gene (2010) 

May: Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by McKibben, Bill (2007) 

June: "Rebuilding the Foodshed : how to create local, sustainable, and secure food systems by Ackerman-Leist, Philip (2013)  

July & August Club does not meet

September: Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save The World by Stamets, Paul (2005) 

October: Fertile Edges: Regenerating Land, Culture and Hope by Harland, Maddy (2017) 

November: Poor Man’s Feast by Altman, Elissa (2017) 

December: Edible : an adventure into the world of eating insects and the last great hope to save the planet by Martin, Daniella (2014) 






Reading list for 2018 (Note - other than January, both clubs read the same books):

January: Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats (Maryn McKenna) (CdA)
The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health (David Montgomery & Anne Bikle) (Spokane)

February: Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100 Mile Diet (Alisa Smith)

March: Gaining Ground: a Story of Farmers Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm (Forrest Pritchard)

April: Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life (David Montgomery)

May: The Hive: The Story of the Honey Bee and Us (Bee Wilson)

June: Pig Tales (Barry Estabrook)

July/Aug: (no meeting)

September: The Dorito Effect: the Surprising Truth About Food and Flavor (Mark Schatzker)

October: Banana: the Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World (Dan Keoppel)

November: Salt, Sugar, Fat (Michael Moss)

December: Butter: a Rich History (Elaine Khosrova)

Reading list for 2017:

January:  We Are as Gods (Kate Daloz)

February:  Unprocessed (Megan Kimble)

March:  First Bite: How We Learn to Eat (Bee Wilson)

April:   The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health (David Montgomery & Anne Bikle)

May: The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet (Nina Teicholz)

June:   Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of the Foods We Love (Simran Sethi)

July/Aug - no meeting

September: Cooked (Michael Pollan)

October: An Unlikely Vineyard (Deirdre Heekin)

November: Salt, A World History (Mark Kurlansky)

December: My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat (Nora Pouillon)

Reading list for 2016:

January 6 - Tasty” (John McQuaid)

February 3 - “Wisdom of the Last Farmer: Harvesting Legacies from the Land” (David Mas Matsumoto)

March 2 - The Good Gut” (Justin & Erica Sonnenburg)

April 6 - “Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World”  (Mark Kurlansky)

May 4 - Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal (Ava Chin)

June 1 - The Third Plate (Dan Barber)

July/Aug - no meeting

September 7 - "Restoring Heritage Grains" (Eli Rugosa)

October 5 - "Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America" (Liz Carlisle)

November 2 - "Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World" (Sally Fallon)

December 7 - "Botany of Desire" (Michael Pollan)

Reading list for 2015:

January - "The Science of Cooking" (Peter Barham)

February - "Everyday in Tuscany" (Frances Mayes)

March - "The Unsettling of America" (Wendell Berry)

April - "Farm City: The Education of An Urban Farmer" (Novella Carpenter)

May - "Cows Save the Planet and Other Improbably Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth" (Judith D. Schwartz)

June - "Organic" (Peter Laufer)

July - (no meeting)

August - (no meeting)

September - "Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids" (Anne K. Fishel)

October - "Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World" (Paul Stamets)

November - "Farmacology" (Daphne Miller)

December - "Animal, Vegetable, Mineral" (Barbara Kingsolver)