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Author of “Closing the Food Gap” Speaks on Tues 11 am

Don’t forget, the Author “Closing the Food Gap”, Mark Winne will speak Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Burlington Public Library.

For the rest of the Skagit Reads programs

Author Mark Winne speaks food insecurity, public health, sustainable agriculture, social and food justice.

Tuesday 11 a.m. at the Burlington Public Library

Tuesday, November 4
“A Place at the Table” Exclusive screening for Mount Vernon High School,
Sharon Thornberry, Oregon Food Bank Executve Director will speak to students after the film.
Lincoln Theater, 7 p.m.
$10 admission, a fundraiser for Community Action

Author Presentation
Closing the Food Gap author Mark Winne will give a historical review of the book and a progress report on the issues of hunger and food insecurity.
Anacortes Public Library, 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 5
“A Place at the Table,” Documentary Film Movie Screening,
Concrete Theatre. 7 p.m

 

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Skagit Reads “Closing the Food Gap”

Mark Winne's Closing the Food Gap - Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty (c 2008)

Mark Winne’s Closing the Food Gap – Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty (c 2008)

The book “Closing the Food Gap – Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty” is Skagit Libraries community reads book for the month of October.  It involves everyone in reading, discussing, debating and analyzing the same book.

In this case, the book is about food, health and social policies that have shaped the way we eat, work and live.  Skagit County’s economy is very dependent on agriculture.  There are 1074 farms in Skagit County according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture though that number has decreased since 2007.  But there is an active effort to encourage fresh, safe, sustainable and healthy food crops for all of our residents by various agencies, small farms, small distribution, processing and retail sales businesses.

Author, Mark Winne’s book describes his career as a community food activist dedicated to improving social policies that advocate healthy fresh meals especially for those whose incomes make it hard for them to afford.  It includes a history of food programs for the poor as they evolved – both governmental and non-profit – with discussion of what works and what hasn’t. He will be visiting Skagit County – dates tba.

Pick up a free copy of the book at your local Skagit library and join in on the discussion at our several scheduled events!

Skagit Reads event schedule updates

Food Day, October 24th, 2014 is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.

Skagit Reads Schedule of Events

Skagit Reads Schedule of Events

 

 

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Hungry for good literature?

Fictitious_Dishes_heidi_WEBThere’s really nothing better than the combination of good books and good food.  We’ve been checking out the tasty work of Dinah Fried, who has done a series of photographs called Fictitious Dishes. Dinah searched the classics to find literary meals she could recreate through her beautiful photography.  Take a look at her Alpine goat-cheese meal inspired by Johanna Spyri’s Heidi.

If Fried’s pictures make you hungry, perhaps you can sate your hunger at one of the USA Today’s list of book-themed restaurants and bars.  Most of them are back east, but they sound well worth a visit!

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Doesn’t this sound delicious?

The library got a new cookbook in recently, and I can’t look at it without getting hungry!  I thought I’d go ahead and share it with you on the blog; maybe one of you can check it out, so that I’m not tempted every time I come to work.  The book is Cake Balls: Amazingly Delicious Bite-Size Treats.

Cake Balls book cover

 

The one that has my mouth watering is the Chocolate-Covered Cherry cake ball recipe on page 55.  The ingredients aren’t too complicated (chocolate cake mix, cherry pie filling, dark chocolate and cherries for a garnish…), but the results look delicious.

-Jane

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