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!

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Come Join Us at Our Next Meeting!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.

200px-OmnivoresDilemma_fullCome join us at Tachair Bookshoppe (260 Newark Ave, Jersey City) on Tuesday, October 22, as we discuss, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan.

Named one of the top ten books of 2006 by the New York Times and winner of a James Beard Award.

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

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. 

Come Join Us at Our Next Meeting!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.

imagesCome join us at Tachair Bookshoppe (260 Newark Ave, Jersey City) on Tuesday, September 17, as we discuss, The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and the Control of the World’s Food Supply by Marie-Monique Robin.

A finalist for the New York Public Library’s 2011 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism and named one of the top ten environmental books to read in 2010 by Mother Nature Network, The World According to Monsanto is positioned to increase awareness of what has become a serious threat to our food supply.

Even if you haven’t read the book, join us to learn more about this issue and what we can do at the local level! Food and Water Watch NJ has partnered with us to share information about their campaigns to label GMO’s and fight the continued industrialization of our agriculture. 

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Come Join Us at our August Meeting!

5197CRQGDTLCome join us at Tachair Bookshoppe (260 Newark Ave, Jersey City) on Tuesday, August 20, as we discuss, The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen by Jacques Pépin.

Interested in French cuisine and culture? We’ll be sharing recipes and tips on how to make our favorite French dishes, as well as some of Mr. Pépin’s cooking techniques and recipes he refined in America. We’ll also be gifting a beloved french dessert to take home following the meeting! 

With sparkling wit, occasional humility, and a delightfully curated selection of recipes, Jacques Pépin tells the captivating story of his rise from a terrified thirteen-year-old toiling in an Old World French kitchen to an American superstar—he was one of the earliest pioneers of culinary television—who changed American tastes with his culinary wizardry and ad-libbed charm.

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Come Join Us at Our July Meeting!

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Tuesday, July 23 – 6:30 p.m.

Come join us at Tachair Bookshoppe (260 Newark Ave, Jersey City) on Tuesday, July 23, as we discuss, Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit by Barry Estabrook. Interested in learning how to make some traditional Italian recipes? Featuring local tomatoes, of course! JC-based Holistic Health and Wellness Counselor (and Italian-born JCFC member!) Mara Mazzarotta will share recipes and tips on healthful eating from her own culinary tradition. As she mentions on her website, “Growing up in the Tuscan countryside, I would watch as my parents produced most of our food. The variety of colors and flavors that sprung from their organic approach to dietary staples like vegetables, eggs, cheese, and even pork, was like watching an artist create a masterpiece to my young mind.”

Book Description:

Based on a James Beard award-winning article from a leading voice on the politics of agribusiness, Tomatoland combines history, legend, passion for taste, and investigative reporting on modern agribusiness and environmental issues into a revealing, controversial look at the tomato, the fruit we love so much that we eat $4 billion-worth annually.2012 IACP Award Winner in the Food Matters category

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Come Join Us at Our June Meeting!

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Tuesday, June 25th – 6:30 p.m.

Come join us at Tachair Bookshoppe (260 Newark Ave, Jersey City) on Tuesday, June 25th, as we discuss, Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally by Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon. We’ll have a discussion on not only our own adventures eating locally, but seasonally! Feel free to bring in your own recipes for those delicious vegetables you can only get now!

Read a description of the book and learn more about the event by clicking here.

Need a copy of the book? Drop by or contact Tachair (862-234-0822 or tachairjcy@gmail.com) to support a local business!

Come Join Us at Our May Meeting!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.

Come join us at T146252achair Bookshoppe (260 Newark Ave, Jersey City) on Tuesday, May 14th, as we discuss Sandor Ellix Katz’s book, The Revolution Will Not be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movements. We will also have a bonus discussion on kombucha making by Jersey City-based Holistic Health Coach Sazzu Hope of www.fullyvibrant.com.  Interested in making it yourself at home? Pre-order a skoby kit ($10) by contacting Sazzu at sazzuhope@fullyvibrant.com, or through us when you rsvp to attend! We’ll also have a discussion on fermentation–let’s share our knowledge/experiences/recipes on pickles, sauerkraut, etc. Feel free to register by emailing us at bookclub@jcfoodcoop.coop or through our Goodreads account by clicking here.

Need a copy of the book? Drop by or contact Tachair (862-234-0822 or tachairjcy@gmail.com) to support a local business!

Book Description:

An instant classic for a new generation of monkey-wrenching food activists. Food in America is cheap and abundant, yet the vast majority of it is diminished in terms of flavor and nutrition, anonymous and mysterious after being shipped thousands of miles and passing through inscrutable supply chains, and controlled by multinational corporations. In our system of globalized food commodities, convenience replaces quality and a connection to the source of our food. Most of us know almost nothing about how our food is grown or produced, where it comes from, and what health value it really has. It is food as pure corporate commodity. We all deserve much better than that. In “The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved,” author Sandor Ellix Katz (“Wild Fermentation,” Chelsea Green 2003) profiles grassroots activists who are taking on Big Food, creating meaningful alternatives, and challenging the way many Americans think about food. From community-supported local farmers, community gardeners, and seed saving activists, to underground distribution networks of contraband foods and food resources rescued from the waste stream, this book shows how ordinary people can resist the dominant system, revive community-based food production, and take direct responsibility for their own health and nutrition.

Come Join Us at Our April Meeting!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.

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Come join us at Tachair Bookshoppe (260 Newark Ave, Jersey City) on Tuesday, April 16th, as we discuss Barbara Kingsolver’s book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. We will also have a bonus discussion on “putting food by” as Kingsolver calls it–i.e. preserving. There will be a demonstration on how to extend tomato season through canning, freeze peas and other vegetables, as well as learn how to make apple sauce. Feel free to register by emailing us at bookclub@jcfoodcoop.coop or through our Goodreads account by clicking here.

Need a copy of the book? Drop by or contact Tachair (862-234-0822 or tachairjcy@gmail.com) to support a local business!

Book Description:

Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver returns with her first nonfiction narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.

“As the U.S. population made an unprecedented mad dash for the Sun Belt, one carload of us paddled against the tide, heading for the Promised Land where water falls from the sky and green stuff grows all around. We were about to begin the adventure of realigning our lives with our food chain.

“Naturally, our first stop was to buy junk food and fossil fuel. . . .”

Hang on for the ride: With characteristic poetry and pluck, Barbara Kingsolver and her family sweep readers along on their journey away from the industrial-food pipeline to a rural life in which they vow to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Their good-humored search yields surprising discoveries about turkey sex life and overly zealous zucchini plants, en route to a food culture that’s better for the neighborhood and also better on the table. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle makes a passionate case for putting the kitchen back at the center of family life and diversified farms at the center of the American diet.

“This is the story of a year in which we made every attempt to feed ourselves animals and vegetables whose provenance we really knew . . . and of how our family was changed by our first year of deliberately eating food produced from the same place where we worked, went to school, loved our neighbors, drank the water, and breathed the air.”

Join us at our First Meeting!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.

Come join us at Tachair Bookshoppe (260 Newark Ave, Jersey City) on Tuesday, March 5th, as we discuss NY Times columnist Mark Bittman‘s book, Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating. Registrations aren’t necessary, but much appreciated! Feel free to drop us a line at bookclub@jcfoodcoop.coop or rsvp through our Goodreads account by clicking here.

Need a copy of the book? Drop by or contact Tachair (862-234-0822 or tachairjcy@gmail.com) to support a local business!

Food Matters by Mark BIttman

Book Description:

“From the award-winning champion of culinary simplicity who gave us the bestselling “How to Cook Everything” and “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian” comes “Food Matters,” a plan for responsible eating that’s as good for the planet as it is for your weight and your health. We are finally starting to acknowledge the threat carbon emissions pose to our ozone layer, but few people have focused on the extent to which our consumption of meat contributes to global warming. Think about it this way: In terms of energy consumption, serving a typical family-of-four steak dinner is the rough equivalent of driving around in an SUV for three hours while leaving all the lights on at home.

Bittman offers a no-nonsense rundown on how government policy, big business marketing, and global economics influence what we choose to put on the table each evening. He demystifies buzzwords like “organic,” “sustainable,” and “local” and offers straightforward, budget-conscious advice that will help you make small changes that will shrink your carbon footprint — and your waistline.

Flexible, simple, and non-doctrinaire, the plan is based on hard science but gives you plenty of leeway to tailor your food choices to your lifestyle, schedule, and level of commitment. Bittman, a food writer who loves to eat and eats out frequently, lost thirty-five pounds and saw marked improvement in his blood levels by simply cutting meat and processed foods out of two of his three daily meals. But the simple truth, as he points out, is that as long as you eat more vegetables and whole grains, the result will be better health for you and for the world in which we live. Unlike most things that are virtuous and healthful, Bittman’s plan doesn’t involve sacrifice. From Spinach and Sweet Potato Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing to Breakfast Bread Pudding, the recipes in Food Matters are flavorful and sophisticated. A month’s worth of meal plans shows you how Bittman chooses to eat and offers proof of how satisfying a mindful and responsible diet can be. Cheaper, healthier, and socially sound, “Food Matters” represents the future of American eating.”