For the Feminist Kitchen book club + film series, we’re moving from one Southern writer who happened to write about food to a food writer who happens to be in the South.
Last night’s book club meeting on “The Help” was a huge success. Like any good book club should, we didn’t agree on everything, but we shared opinions and insight about this very controversial book and, hopefully, learned something new about ourselves or the world around us along the way.
To get an idea of what we talked about, check out the book club’s Facebook group, where I posted several videos, including a recent interview on the Colbert Report with Melissa Harris-Perry, the “Sister Citizen” author who is getting ready to start her own show on MSNBC, and a “60 Minutes” clip that profiles several white women who, after seeing the movie or reading the book, reconnected with the African American women who raised them.
(I’ve started channeling more book club-related content into the Facebook group, which you can join by clicking here. It won’t replace book club blog posts here, but it’s easier to quickly share content on Facebook rather than building a completely new post on the website.)
At the end of the meeting, we decided that our next book would be “Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life,” by Kim Severson, the New York Times food writer who recently moved off the food beat to move to Atlanta, which is her home base as she travels throughout the South writing more newsy stories for the Times.
Severson is a delight to follow on Twitter, and her book is one of my favorite food books of the past few years. She explains how cooks, from her own mother to celebrities like Alice Waters and Rachael Ray, influenced her both in the kitchen and out of it, and she beautifully weaves those stories in with her own about her struggles with alcohol, coming out to her family and becoming a parent. (Here’s an excerpt of the chapter on Rachael Ray, which you might consider a surprising choice until you read why she picked her.)
Because the second Tuesday of February is Valentine’s Day, let’s plan on meeting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7, at Thrice Cafe, 909 W. Mary St. See you all there!