Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Trail of Crumbs report and group update
First, May's book was Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love and the Search for Home by Kim Sunée. This is a memoir about a woman who was adopted in Korea as a small girl, and raised in Louisiana by a distant parents and foodie grandparents, then later goes on to live all over Europe, building her cooking and writing skills along the way.
Our discussion was small, with only Dawn, Heather, Katie, and Vernetta (I believe?) attending. Mostly we felt frustrated with the decidedly unsympathetic plight of the author. While it is understandable she might feel some loss and identity issues with her upbringing, it was hard to hear her complain about her extremely wealthy French boyfriend who adored her and took her shopping and on fancy trips all the time. If only all of us could go through such tribulations in our 20s! The food writing was quite appetizing though, and we regretted that this meeting did not featured home cooked food. We did eat nicely though of a great Vietnamese salad Heather brought, some kim chee, and a few other snacks. I regretfully did not take photos or a thorough inventory, alas!
The real meat of the meeting was our discussion about what to do with the bookgroup. It was decided rather than worry about future policy fluctuation, it would be easiest to move the bookgroup to another private location where we could potluck to our hearts content. A few suggestions were discussed and it was decided (and later verified) that we would be meeting at the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Mountlake Terrace the second Wednesday of each month.
We are no longer advertising the group, though members are certainly welcomed to bring friends and coworkers who would enjoy it. The expectation is that everyone attending will me a good effort to finish the book and cook something related to it.
June's title is The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. We will meet at 6:30 at the church on Wednesday June 13, 2012.
We will no longer have a mailing list through the library, so please sign up for either or Facebook group, or our Google group page to get on that mailing list.
See you soon!