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 second book club meetup will happen on January 4.  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

In Bibi’s Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers From the Eight African Countries That Touch the Indian Ocean

by Hawa Hassan with Julia Turshen

Here are a couple of links to whet your appetite for this cookbook-meets-travelogue: Link 1 | Link 2

You can find this book at your local library. If you are purchasing, how about supporting your local independent bookstore?

Here’s a link to a Google maps compilation of independently owned bookstores in Canada. And here’s a link to bookstores owned and operated by Black, Indigenous, and people of colour.

 

Book Club #2: Monday, January 4, 2021 

The book: In Bibi’s Kitchen by Hawa Hassan

Time: 5:30 PM (PST) for 60-minutes (followed by an after-party where we’ll have dinner virtually together to discuss more)

Where: Zoom Zoom Zoom

Price: it’s free!

Sign-up here: – the password is ‘readbetterdobetter’

And for those who’d like to get a headstart on our February pick, we’re switching gears to a memoir in Eat a Peach by David Chang.

The next thing is to build up a reading list. We’ve put a few titles down as a start. Some of the other titles on our ever-growing draft list are:

  • Braiding Sweetgrass / Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • 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
  • Butter Honey Pig Bread: A Novel / Francesca Ekwuyasi
  • Yes, Chef: A Memoir / Marcus Samuelsson
  • Donut King / Ted Ngoy
  • You and I Eat the Same: On the Countless Ways Food and Cooking Connects Us and One Another / Chris Ying & MAD  Dispatches Volume 1
  • Please submit your ideas in the comments below or email aman@paisleynotebook.com.

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 keep on unlearning some shit together.

Aman and Jenn

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