LiveGreenTwinCities is launching a book club, and we want you to join!
Here's how it works: Every couple of months or so we read a book. We
meet. We talk about the book. And we make new friends and gather new
ideas. It's that easy!
And we make it even easier to become part of our book club: You don't even have to finish the book. And you don't have to feel rushed. And you don't have to feel guilty for being behind. Because, you see, we are a laid-back book club. We welcome everyone. And we want to hear from you!
Whether you're brand new to the green lifestyle or been living it for a while, this is your chance to mingle and talk to folks who are interested in making changes big and small. Going green isn't always easy: It can be confusing, even alienating. And we hope to make it easier for everyone by creating a growing community of Twin Citians interested in being kinder to the Earth, and themselves.
So in honor of that idea, let's start with a book about healthy eating and its benefits to the environment and you: Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto.
According to Pollan's web site:
Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. By urging us to once again eat food, he challenges the prevailing nutrient-by-nutrient approach -- what he calls nutritionism -- and proposes an alternative way of eating that is informed by the traditions and ecology of real, well-grown, unprocessed food. Our personal health, he argues, cannot be divorced from the health of the food chains of which we are part.
In Defense of Food shows us how, despite the daunting dietary landscape Americans confront in the modern supermarket, we can escape the Western diet and, by doing so, most of the chronic diseases that diet causes. We can relearn which foods are healthy, develop simple ways to moderate our appetites, and return eating to its proper context -- out of the car and back to the table. Michael Pollan's bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.
So what do you say? We'll meet at 6:30pm on Tuesday, June 23
, at Common Roots Cafe to discuss the book and enjoy some great local and sustainable food. We'll talk about what we've learned, how our diets or minds have changed, if it all, and discuss any remaining questions we have about food, health, and the environment.
So join us! Go to our Green Chat section
and commit to reading the first book of LiveGreenTwinCities' book club. Remember. You don't have to read it all. It's really just a great excuse to meet and eat. And we'd really love to see your smiling faces on a lovely summer evening.