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Book Group: Field Days. A Year of Farming, Eating, and Drinking Wine in California, by Jonah Raskin
September 3, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
The Slow Food Russian River Book Group will be discussing the book Field Days. A Year of Farming, Eating, and Drinking Wine in California (September 2010, UC California Press), by Jonah Raskin. Photography by Paige Green.
For a first the author will be participating.
You can ask Jonah anything you want about writing, editing, publishing and more. He will be talking about the backstory to the book, what changes he has seen in the ag world, and where we are now as a foodshed.
If you can’t read the whole book – he says he understand – try to read the Introduction, pp. 1-12 or the Coda, pp. 289-291 and the Acknowledgements 293-297.
“Sooner or later, nearly everyone who cares about wine and food comes to Sonoma”—so begins this lively excursion to a spectacular region that has become known internationally as a locavore’s paradise. Part memoir, part vivid reportage, Field Days chronicles the renaissance in farming organically and eating locally that is unfolding in Northern California. Jonah Raskin tells of the year he spent on Oak Hill Farm—working the fields, selling produce at farmers’ markets, and following it to restaurants. He also goes behind the scenes at Whole Foods. In this luminous account of his experiences, Raskin introduces a dynamic cast of characters—farmers, chefs, winemakers, farm workers, and environmentalists. They include such luminaries as Warren Weber at Star Route Farm, the oldest certified organic farm in Marin County; Bob Cannard, who has supplied Chez Panisse with vegetables for decades; Sharon Grossi, the owner of the largest organic farm in Sonoma; and Craig Stoll, the founder and executive chef at Delfina in San Francisco. Raskin also offers portraits of renowned historical figures, including Luther Burbank, Jack London, and M.F.K. Fisher. Field Days is a heartfelt celebration of the farm-to-table movement and its cultural reverberations” (Publisher’s Description).
To RSVP write the Book Group at Slow Food Russian River Book Group <firstname.lastname@example.org>. The book group is open to anyone who can read, loves cooking a dish, and likes a good conversation.You don’t need to be a member, although – of course – we hope that with time you will become one. Location in Sebastopol with RSVP.
The Book Group meets the first Thursday of the month, 7 – 9pm