Hiatus

Thanks to everyone who joined us over the last year for some great discussions on food! And special thanks to Tachair Bookshoppe for hosting us. The book club is going on hiatus for the moment, but hopes to start up again soon.

If anyone is interested in reading anything in particular or getting more involved, email us at bookclub@jcfoodcoop.coop. We’d love to grow our community!

Meeting Reminder – Hope You Can Make It!

13572938We can’t wait to see all of you at at the Warehouse Cafe (140 Bay Street in the Powerhouse Arts District in Downtown Jersey City) on Thursday, November 21, where we’ll discuss, Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System by Raj Patel.

…And don’t forget – we’ll be swapping recipes on appropriately stuffed things–cabbage, peppers, tomatoes, etc! So bring your favorite recipe along!

Ted Talk – Tristram Stuart: The global food waste scandal

Another interesting Ted Talk, in light of our current read.

Screen Shot 2013-10-23 at 11.10.37 PMSynopsis from the website:

“Western countries throw out nearly half of their food, not because it’s inedible — but because it doesn’t look appealing. Tristram Stuart delves into the shocking data of wasted food, calling for a more responsible use of global resources.

Tristram Stuart sounds the warning bell on global food waste, calling for us to change the systems whereby large quantities of produce and other foods end up in trash heaps.”

Click here to access the talk.

Meeting Reminder – Hope You Can Join Us!

“For anyone attempting to make sense of the world food crisis, or understand the links between U.S. farm policy and the ability of the world’s poor to feed themselves, Stuffed and Starved is indispensable.”—Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Hope you can join us for the next meeting, at the Warehouse Cafe (140 Bay Street in the Powerhouse Arts District in Downtown Jersey City) on Thursday, November 21, as we discuss, Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System by Raj Patel.

Learn more by clicking here. 

Healthy Food Should Not Be a Privilege

Screen Shot 2013-11-06 at 7.59.11 AMThe Sustainable Life Project “partners with local organizations to recruit young adults transitioning out of the foster care system to participate in a 12-week culinary arts and agriculture internship program. Youth transitioning out of foster care face unique challenges that make them especially vulnerable. Distrust, abuse, neglect and general lack of access to resources and guidance often make navigating adulthood difficult. Without primary needs like housing, vocational training and legal support, these youth frequently don’t have the luxury of dreaming beyond finding a home and employment.”

Located out in Cali and run by the Tender Greens Restaurant Group, it’s an incredible initiative bringing teens out of inner-city LA, teaching them about food and training them with the skills necessary to enter the restaurant business.

Click here to see an amazing (and inspirational!) short clip of this project and how you can help fund the next steps of a documentary on it.

“Food Sovereignty: Power, Gender, and the Right to Food”

Raj Patel, the author of our next read , writes often on social justice, economic, and food issues.

To get you thinking about the next meeting, we thought we’d share his 2012 article, “Food Sovereignty: Power, Gender, and the Right to Food”, which was commissioned for the PLoS Medicine (a peer-reviewed, open access journal) series on Big Food. This series examines the activities and influence of the food and beverage industry in the health arena.

Click here to access the article.

Slow Food NYC – Classic Chef Cook-Off

imagesSlow Food NYC and the NYU Food Studies Program are hosting a classic Chef Cook-Off on Sunday, November 10, 2013 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

“Whether their culinary inspiration is an iconic chef like the great classical innovator, Auguste Escoffier; the farm-to-table pioneer, Alice Waters; the popular classic, Julia Child; the cutting-edge, Ferran Adria; or the down-home, Marcus Samuelsson, this is your chance to enjoy dishes from iconic chefs’ repertories or inspired by their examples made using local, seasonal, and, when appropriate, fair or direct traded ingredients.”

To learn more and get tickets, click here.

TODAY! Lopate and Locavores NYC Event

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From the website:

“When you talk about picky eaters, the average kid can make a restaurant critic seem easy to please.

Chef Bill Telepan has gotten three stars for his cooking at Telepan, but he’s also the executive chef of Wellness in the Schools, bringing fresh and nutritious menu options to a public school cafeteria near you. He joins three-time James Beard Award winner Leonard Lopate to show us not only how to cook for kids, but how to get kids to cook their own healthy meals. We won’t just take his word for it either: A panel of young tasters will be ready to offer their take on his recipes in a blind taste test!

Part of the fourth annual Lopate and Locavores series!”

Click here to learn more.

Generation Food Project

Screen Shot 2013-10-23 at 10.22.13 PMRaj Patel, author of our next book read, is an award-winning author and activist, who has worked at the World Bank and the World Trade Organization and has protested against them on four continents. He is affiliated with UC Berkeley’s Center for African Studies, the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and the Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First. He is also an IATP Food and Community Fellow, at Utne Reader Visionary and has testifed to the US Congress on the causes of the global food crisis.

And on top of that, he is working on a new documentary, book and multimedia project, called Generation Food!

“Everyone knows we live with a broken food system, but often it is easier to focus on the bad news rather than the good. In fact, we are surrounded by communities that already know how to feed the world for our generation, and for generations to come. From Malawi to Michigan, people and organizations are building better ways to eat today so that all of us can eat well tomorrow. This knowledge demands to be shared and spread.

Changing the food system couldn’t be more urgent. All signs point to that conclusion, whether you consider the droughts, floods and fires caused by climate change, the rise in global food prices, or that the health effects of our current food system is predicted to shorten children’s lives. Better, SMARTER ways of growing food, and feeding the world are needed, now.”

Click here to learn more about Generation Food Project.

Come Join Us at Our Next Meeting!

Thursday, November 21, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.

13572938Come join us at the Warehouse Cafe (140 Bay Street in the Powerhouse Arts District in Downtown Jersey City) on Thursday, November 21, as we discuss, Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System by Raj Patel. Just in time for Thanksgiving!

“It is difficult to pick up a newspaper without reading about increasing food crises in much of the world or the epidemic of obesity in America. Raj Patel argues that both are symptoms of the corporate food monopoly. From seed to store to plate, Stuffed and Starved explains the steps to regain control of the global food economy, stop the exploitation of farmers and consumers, and rebalance global sustenance.”

Interested in your local food system, health, and some of the food issues raised by Patel in his book? Don’t have time to read it? Join us anyway for what should be great discussion.

Plus we’ll swap recipes on appropriately stuffed things–cabbage, peppers, tomatoes, etc! So bring your favorite recipe along.

Feel free to register on our facebook event page, by clicking here. Questions? Email us at bookclub@jcfoodcoop.coop. Need a copy of the book? Drop by or contact Tachair (862-234-0822 or tachairjcy@gmail.com) to support a local business!

Learn more about this meeting by clicking here.