Book Club, Anyone?
I recently mentioned having enjoyed Bee Wilson's book "The Way We Eat Now". She touches on, among other things, the loss of the lunch hour, unhealthy "health foods", and our busy, busy lives.
I've also just finished two books by Michael Booth – "Sushi and Beyond: What the Japanese Know About Cooking" and "The Meaning of Rice: and Other Tales from the Belly of Japan." I admire his honesty in admitting that as a self-avowed Japanophile, he nonetheless finds the level of pedantry involved in the Japanese tea ceremony to be mind-numbingly boring. “I can’t quite see how watching a pedantic elderly woman take two hours to make a cup of matcha (tea) will enhance my life.” Both books are riveting and got me into a week of ramen, okonomiake, chawan mushi and mochi.
I miss not being able to talk with friends about what I read.
Friends? I have friends. Some belong to book clubs - crime, romance, dystopia, historical fiction, WWII but what I really want is to be free to discuss my gastronomic readings without anyone rolling their eyes. So it's occurred to me. How about a book club!
I guess we'd meet once a month. Someone would make a suggestion for the next gathering. How many readers? I guess 8 to 10 at the absolute most. Would we have tea and madeleines or wine and anchovies on horseback? So much to work out but the reading possibilities are endless. There's history, health, sociology, philosophy, biography, science...
The world doesn't need another cook book or another recipe. They're already out there, somewhere in the cloud, in the ether or on a bookcase near you. But it would be lovely to gather with consenting adults in private and talk gastronomy.
What do you think? There could be chapters all over the country, all over the world. Let's get up a group.
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15/9/2019 04:57:08 pm
Interesting idea. I'd have to miss the face to face gatherings (such a pity)...then I saw (all over the country,all over the world). Keep me posted if this book club is not dependent on living nearby in one state.
15/9/2019 05:24:21 pm
Yippee Cath, brilliant idea. I'll be in that please. Don't mind where we meet as long as it's a reasonably comfortable chair and everyone has a sense of humour and no one takes themselves too seriously!! Life's too short, especially now...
15/9/2019 06:49:00 pm
Great idea ! Could be difficult to find or purchase some of the books? . The bookclub I am in has a closed Facebook group which allows those who miss the meeting to read the ‘synopsis’ of the face to face and to comment. The discussion continues .. also it is a space for members to recommend books or comment on books read outside of the club.. anyway a great idea for a themed evening.
15/9/2019 07:19:29 pm
Wonderful concept, count me in. Finding the books would be part of the fun and I would favour face to face discussion over an inter net chat.
15/9/2019 07:32:40 pm
Count me in. Sounds perfect - food, books, interesting discussion and, hopefully, a lovely glass of wine,
15/9/2019 08:39:28 pm
Great idea, Cath. Why didn't you or someone think of it earlier? Where and when?
16/9/2019 08:13:10 am
17/9/2019 10:47:35 am
Hi Cath, sounds perfect. I’m in 3 book clubs and I’m not sure another one would fit into my life. But, would love to be kept in contention. I love talking about food (and eating it) and have learned so much from your incredible blog. Look forward to more details.
Mr Roger Haden
19/9/2019 02:05:31 pm
Hi Cath, When do we start?
22/9/2019 02:40:15 pm
Love to have you along and delighted that you now have the time. I'm just making some plans.
25/9/2019 06:01:32 pm
Sounds wonderful. Not just the books but all the culture and history, the mythology and reminiscence around the subject. Keep me in the loop!
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