Unfortunately, between the holidays and the length of this book, we had a pretty small turnout, and none of us had finished the book. But it did bring up some good discussion points. We discussed:
- How cooking with our families is a big part of our lives.
- Vernetta mentioned how the book made her aware meat and industrial process, to the point that she will be seriously rethinking her shopping patterns.
- Stereotype that the best cooks are men, and thought how wonderful it would be to have a tv show that gave tours of their mom's (or other familial inspiration) kitchens ;)
- How this book could make you a BBQ smokemaster.
- How roasted animals = the smoke is the offering to the gods (priest gets the meat.) Volcano sacrifice, no meat.
- Old hogs vs. new....fed horrible things now. Mad's pig ate rotten milk from dairies. Cows ate better too.
- Pig story very funny...pet pig got away.
- Teacup pigs - a nice fantasy.
- Fire - bbq - hard to get through if you don't like bbq ;) + manliness and death
- Water - braising - family and unity
- Air - bread - Stuff taken out of white bread is sold back to you in vitamins - what a racket!
- Earth - fermentation
Despite having a small crowd, we had a lovely meal and cookie exchange.
Vernetta – taco soup
Katie W. – homemade honey wheat bread / pecan tassies
Madeline - Mexican salad
Sunny S. – German chocolate wafer cookies
Heather McN – homemade brownies, and frosted sugar cookies
Dawn – ginger brew and chocolate shortbread stars
Who made the delicious fruit salad???
The Abundance by Amit Majmudar (all copies are checked out Sno-Isle's catalog, though there were still a few book group copies at the Mountlake Terrace Library last I checked. You can also find it for 75 cents (plus shipping) on half.com.