Food-Focused Book Club Starts in September

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Lit Youngstown and the Lake-to-River Food Co-op are joining forces to start Food for Thought, a monthly potluck and book club. The group will meet on the second Thursday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. at Lake-to-River’s offices, 818 Elm St. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Each of the books read by the club will focus on food. Attendees are encouraged to bring homemade food or drinks.

“Our co-op is thrilled to host a gathering that embodies the heart of our mission so well: community building through good food and education,” said Gianna Cioffi, Lake-to-River’s online market manager.

The first meeting on Sept. 8 will discuss Jennifer Lee’s “The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food.” The following months will feature, among others, “The Garden of the World” by Lawrence Coates, “The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor” by Mark Schatzker, “Julie & Julia” by Julie Powell and “Closing the Food Gap” by Mark Winne.

All of the books should be easy to find at local libraries and bookstores, said Lit Youngstown co-director Karen Schubert. The literary group will also host two readings by authors of selected works at Suzie’s Dogs and Drafts. Lawrence Coates will talk with author Christopher Barzak Oct. 4 and Mark Winne will be at the meeting in April.

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