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Month: October 2009

Food Books Recommended by Library Staff

In creating a small Go Big Read exhibit on the first floor of Memorial Library, librarians brainstormed a list of food-related titles (literary and non-fiction). Not all the books were included in the exhibit, but we thought some of you might enjoy the list (in no particular order, compiled by Jill Rosenshield, Special Collections):

Diane Ackerman. A natural history of the senses

Susan Albers. Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating & Enjoy a Balanced Relationship With Food

Calixthe Beyala. Comment cuisiner son mari à l’africaine. [on Cameroon cuisine]

Jean-Antheleme Brillat-Savarin. Physiologie du Goût. Available also in English with several English titles. 2 people suggested this title

Isak Dinesen. Babette’s feast.

Laura Esquivel. Como agua para chocolate = Like Water for Chocolate

M.F.K. Fisher. A Cordiall Water. [not in Memorial Library] There are titles by this author, including some on food, in Memorial Library.

Joel Fuhrman. Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss.

Elizabeth Gilbert. Eat, Pray, Love : one woman’s search for everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia.

Ernest Hemingway. Moveable Feast

Kenneth F. Kiple. A movable feast : ten millennia of food globalization.

John McPhee. Giving Good Weight

Nancy Pearl. “Food for Thought” section of Book lust : Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason. Memorial Reference Collection

Petits propos culinaires. No. 1-28; 1979-1988.

Petits propos culinaires. English. Selections. Wilder shores of gastronomy :twenty years of the best food writing from the journal Petits propos culinaires

Nina Planck. Real Food.

Ruth Reichl. Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table.

Gertrude Stein. Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

Rex Stout. Too many cooks.

Calvin Trillin. Tummy Trilogy.

Monique Truong. Book of salt.

What To Eat Panel: Video Available

A video of the first What to Eat event, the farmers panel from last week, is now available for viewing on the web. It’s in two locations:


The panelists included:

  • Bill Bruins, President of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau and dairy farmer
  • Richard Cates, Member of DATCP Agriculture Board and pasture-based beef farmer
  • Louise Hemstead, Chief Operating Officer of Organic Valley Coop and organic dairy farmer
  • Tom Lochner, Executive Director of the WI State Cranberry Growers Association

Introduction by John Shutske, Associate Dean, Cooperative Extension, CALS

For information on the full *What to Eat* series, go to
and click on the *What to Eat* link.

Food For Thought Online Book Discussion

Are you unable to attend one of the scheduled book discussions but want to get involved in the conversation?

Want to connect with people from all over the UW campus and the greater Madison community?

Join us in a virtual book discussion on the Food For Thought Posts in the Go Big Read Blog!

Each week, we will be posing a new topic for discussion on the blog, and followers are encouraged to participate by responding in the comment section below each post. Feel free to use and expand on these questions in your own book discussions. Have a great idea for discussion topic? Let us know! Contact the Go Big Read Program at

Food For Thought: Topic for Discussion Week of October 5, 2009

If you attended Michael Pollan’s lecture at the Kohl Center last week, did his speech change the way you perceived the messages of his book?  Did he reinforce the ideas in “In Defense of Food”?  Did he raise any new ideas or questions for you that the book had not addressed?

Go Big Read Book Discussions at the Wisconsin Book Festival

Have you missed the recent book discussions about In Defense of Food? Here are a few more chances to participate! Go Big Read and the are sponsoring two upcoming discussions. The discussion on Thursday, October 8th is conveniently located at College Library, and the Sunday, October 11th discussion at Madison Public Library ends just before Wendell Berry speaks at the Overture Center right next door. An afternoon of food!

More details:

Thursday, October 8th
In Defense of Food Discussion
College Library, Room 1193
7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Sunday, October 11th
In Defense of Food Discussion
Madison Public Library (Downtown, 201 W. Mifflin)
2:00 p.m – 3:15 p.m.

For more information about the many Wisconsin Book Festival events beginning next week, see:

And for more information about the many Go Big Read events, see:


Eliot Finkelstein
Go Big Read Book Discussions Committee