Calling all readers! Slow Food Chicago's Food Book Club brings people together for fun and casual discussions around a variety of food-focused reading material.  

Book Club gatherings are FREE to attend and held at rotating locations around the city. Keep your eye on our Events page for the most up-to-date information. 

So far, we've read:

The Carnivore's Manifesto by Patrick Martins

Provence, 1970 by Luke Barr

Best of Food Writing :

"Chicken of the Trees" by Mike Sula of the Chicago Reader

"A Toast Story" by John Gravois of Pacific Standard

"Old School" by Cynthia C. Scott of Graze

"The Empanada Theory" by Lauren Clem of Graze

"The Quinoa Quarrel" by Lisa M. Hamilton of Harper's

Four Fish : The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg

An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher

Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

Unprocessed by Megan Kimble

The Soil Will Save Us by Kristin Ohlson

The Seasons on Henry's Farm by Terra Brockman

The Third Plate by Dan Barber


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March 30, 2017 - Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore

From skincare expert and founder of the thriving organic skincare line S.W. Basics comes a comprehensive yet simple guide to switching to an all-natural skincare regime. From learning about how diet and lifestyle factors affect the quality of your skin to examining what is in the dozens of products we use every day, Grigore helps you take control over what goes on your skin and shows you step-by-step how to develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.


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April 27, 2017 - Relish by Lucy Knisley

Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking and life. Relish is a graphic memoir for our time: it invites the reader to celebrate food as connection to our bodies and a connection to the earth, rather than an enemy, a compulsion or a consumer product.


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June 27, 2017 - Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her revelatory treatise on plant life - but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. Jahren extends the mantle of scientist to each one of her readers, inviting us to join her in observing and protecting our environment. Warm, luminous, compulsively readable, Lab Girl vividly demonstrates the mountains that we can move when love and work come together. 


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August 22, 2017 - The Food Activist Handbook by Ali Berlow

One person really can make a difference. From starting neighborhood kitchens to connecting food pantries with local family farms, Ali Berlow offers a variety of simple and practical strategies for improving your community's food quality and security. Learn how your actions can keep money in the local economy, reduce the carbon footprint associated with food transportation, and preserve local landscapes. The Food Activist Handbook gives you the know-how and inspiration to create a better world, one meal at a time.


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October 26, 2017 - Farmer Jane by Temra Costa

Women are passionate advocates for sustainable food and farming and have been changing the way America eats and farms for decades. Farmer Jane tells 30 such stories of some exceptional women leaders that are working on this change by farming, educating, advocating, and/or transforming how we eat through their food businesses. This book is not just a celebration of the profiled women, but of all women that vote for sustainability every time they shop, eat, farm and advocate for change. The biggest hope for this book is that you'll be inspired to do the same.


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December 5, 2017 - Poor Man's Feast by Elissa Altman

Born and raised in New York to a food-phobic mother and a food-fanatical father, Elissa learned early on that fancy is always best. After a childhood spent dining at fine establishments, she devoted her life to all things gastronomical. She served rare game birds at elaborate dinner parties in an apartment so tiny that the guests couldn't turn around and bought eight timbale molds while working at Dean & DeLuca, just to make her food tall. Then, Elissa met and fell in love with Susan - a frugal, small-town Connecticut Yankee with a devotion to simple living - and it changed her relationship with food, and the people who taught her about it, forever. Told with tender and often hilarious honesty, and filled with twenty-six delicious recipes, Poor Man's Feast is a tale of finding sustenance and peace in a world of excess and inauthenticity, demonstrating how all our stories are inextricable bound up with how we feed ourselves and those we love.


Gorgeous header photo by Alexandra's Kitchen