Join together as a community over books about food and farming during the winter months when it's hard to do the on-the-ground work you all love. "Good Reads on Good Eats" - a GVSU SAP book club - will read and discuss as a community one book each winter. Please respond by emailing the SAP Academic Coordinator if you're interested in participating so you can get added to the online group - faculty and staff (and your classes) are also welcomed! There will also be a 1 credit hour course offered starting Winter 2018 in conjunction with the SAP book club.
The SAP book club has chosen The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food for the Winter 2018 semester read!
"Today’s optimistic farm-to-table food culture has a dark secret: the local food movement has failed to change how we eat. It has also offered a false promise for the future of food. In his visionary New York Times–bestselling book, chef Dan Barber, recently showcased on Netflix’s Chef’s Table, offers a radical new way of thinking about food that will heal the land and taste good, too. Looking to the detrimental cooking of our past, and the misguided dining of our present, Barber points to a future “third plate”: a new form of American eating where good farming and good food intersect. Barber’s The Third Plate charts a bright path forward for eaters and chefs alike, daring everyone to imagine a future for our national cuisine that is as sustainable as it is delicious."
In Winter 2017, the SAP book club will tackle Novella Carpenter's Farm City.
"When Novella Carpenter--captivated by the idea of backyard self-sufficiency as the daughter of two back-to-the-earth hippies--moves to a ramshackle house in inner-city Oakland and discovers a weed-choked, garbage-strewn abandoned lot next door, she closes her eyes and pictures heirloom tomatoes, a beehive, and a chicken coop.
What starts out as a few egg-laying chickens leads to turkeys, geese, and ducks. And not long after, along came two 300-pound pigs. And no, these charming and eccentric animals aren’t pets. Novella is raising these animals for dinner.
An unforgettably charming memoir, full of hilarious moments, fascinating farmer’s tips, and a great deal of heart, Farm City offers a beautiful mediation on what we give up to live the way we do today."