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Book Group: something to food about, by Questlove and Ben Greenman

April 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Book Group: something to food about, by Questlove and Ben Greenman

The Slow Food Russian River Book Group will discuss something to food about – Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs, by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Ben Greenman. Foreword by Anthony Bourdain and photographed by Kyoko Hamada.

The Slow Food Russian River Book Group usually meets the first Thursday of the month, 7 – 9 pm, at a location chosen by the rotating moderators, be it their home, a bar or restaurant, a park or meadow, or a public library or square. It’s a convivial dinner, unless we meet at a bar or restaurant. Please bring a side dish or dessert for four and a beverage

This month’s host is Beth Sawatzky. She writes: “There are not many books that I check out of the library, read and then know I want it for my own. ‘something to food about’ is one of them. Questlove says “This is not your typical food book…Think of it as a tour through different food studios…getting inside the minds of the artists.” I look forward to a leisurely evening of food & conversation. Which in my mind was the essence of the beginnings of the ‘Slow Food’ movement.”

Location in Healdsburg will be send to you after RSVP. Limited to 10 participants.

To RSVP and get directions please email the SFRR Book Group <sfrrbookgroup@gmail.com> If you have not attended the Book Group before please tell a bit about yourself. Same if you wish to receive the newsletter of the Book Group.


In somethingtofoodabout, drummer, producer, musical director, culinary entrepreneur, and New York Times bestselling author, Questlove, applies his boundless curiosity to the world of food.

In conversations with ten innovative chefs in America, Questlove explores what makes their creativity tick, how they see the world through their cooking and how their cooking teaches them to see the world. The conversations begin with food but they end wherever food takes them.

Food is fuel. Food is culture. Food is history. And food is food for thought.

Featuring conversations with: Nathan Myhrvold, Modernist Cuisine Lab, Seattle; Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park, and NoMad, NYC; Michael Solomonov, Zahav, Philadelphia; Ludo Lefebvre, Trois Mec, L.A.; Dave Beran, Next, Chicago; Donald Link, Cochon, New Orleans; Dominque Crenn, Atelier Crenn, San Francisco; Daniel Patterson, Coi and Loco’l (now closed), San Francisco; Jesse Griffiths, Dai Due, Austin; and Ryan Roadhouse, Nodoguro, Portland

PRAISE for Questlove’s somethingtofoodabout

“It’s a fresh ride.”–New York Times

“With somethingtofoodabout, Quest (aka Philadelphia’s Ahmir Thompson) dives head first into the topics that get chefs talking: What is creativity? How are art and food related? What does the future hold for food and cooking? Questlove sits down with some of the most exceptional chefs in America, including Daniel Humm (Eleven Madison Park), Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn), Michael Solomonov (Zahav), and Daniel Patterson (Coi). Questlove himself plays an equal part in getting the answers, providing examples and references to his own life as a musician and creator as he talks with food luminaries about the thorny questions surrounding creativity.”–Eater

Somethingtofoodabout is really a passion project. For Questlove, it’s not about the food business, but rather the ideas, the concepts, and the imaginations behind the chefs who feed him. There are no recipes and no how-tos. For Questlove, the only how-to you need to know is how to appreciate and understand the taste, the process, and the journey of the idea.”–Vogue

“An enjoyable, frequently surprising exploration of creativity.”–Kirkus Reviews

Questlove, cofounder of hip-hop superstars the Roots and bandleader for Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show, is one of our great cultural commentators—a wide-ranging mind whose interests span from music to politics to race to design to food. He is the author of Somethingtofoodabout: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs. To learn more, visit questlove.com.

Ben Greenman is a contributing writer at The New Yorker. His novels and short story collections include The Slippage and Superbad. His short fiction has appeared in the Paris ReviewZoetrope: All StoryMcSweeney’sOpium Magazine, the Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn.


April 4, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Category:


Slow Food Russian River Book Group


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