Welcome to the Delicious AF Book Club.
We’re just two food people, who love books and are curious as to what a truly inclusive book club might be like. (We’re kind of betting on some really great discussions about race, inclusion, differing abilities, food and social justice, a bunch of fantastic recipes to try, and some laughs and a few tears.)
The aim of the Delicious AF Book Club is to create a fun, diverse, and welcoming community that wants to discover and closely read writers who have lots to say but have a difficult time getting heard. We envision robust discussions about the books and the themes they contain. We will read hungrily from writers from widely different backgrounds, experiences, and cultures. And the book club participants ideally will represent a beautiful range too. Everyone is invited to the book club dinner table at our house!
Our first book club meetup will happen on December 7. While we’re not yet committed to a format, we will start with a Zoom call. You can hop on the call whether you’ve had the time or not to read the book. Together, we’ll eat, drink, and talk about
Notes From a Young Black Chef
by Kwame Onwuachi
Here are a couple of links to whet your appetite for this incredible and moving culinary memoir.
You can find this book at your local library. If you are purchasing, please consider supporting your local independent bookstore.
Furthermore, here’s a link to bookstores owned and operated by Black, Indigenous, and people of colour.
Book Club #1: Monday, December 7, 2020
The book: Notes From a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi
Time: 5:30 PM (PST) for 40-minutes
Where: Zoom (Zoom Zoom)
Price: it’s free!
Task #2 is to build up a reading list. Please help us. We’ve put a few titles down as a start. Please submit your ideas in the comments below (we’re trying to figure why this isn’t working) or email email@example.com.
Some of the other titles on our ever-evolving draft list are:
- Braiding Sweetgrass / Robin Wall Kimmer
- The Cooking Gene / Michael Twitty
- Cuisine and Empire / Rachel Kaiden
- Eat a Peach / David Chang
- The Cuisine of Life
- Anything / Kim Thuy
- Love, Loss and What We Ate / Padma Laksmi
- Pigtails ‘n’ Breadfruit / Austin Clark
- Fresh Off The Boat / Eddie Huang
- Jubilee / Toni Tipton-Martin
- Climbing the Mango Trees / Madhur Jaffrey
- The Measure of My Powers / Jackie Kai Ellis
Don’t be intimidated. We’re not trying to have PhD-level discussions here. Maybe it’s a recipe from the book that you tried and loved (or not). Maybe something in one of the books reminds you of a memory of your own. Maybe you just like an author’s writing style. Maybe you just want to find some new food and culinary books.
Let’s go and unlearn some shit together.
Jenn and Aman