“Food” – A Book Group

Food is something we are all interested in. But how does it get to our table? Ledbury Food Group introduces its new Book Group on Thursday 17th January at 7pm. It’s an opportunity for us to “chew the cud” over some of the themes of current books relating to our food, finding out about the joys and challenges farmers face and the history of production. Books such as “The Secret Life of Cows”, forwarded by Alan Bennett, which appeared last year are full of discussion topics. The author Rosamund Young came to Ledbury in March to talk about it. Her introduction explores traditional and commercial farming and the book features hilarious anecdotes about her experiences rearing cows.

“Pig” is the new book on the block. Written by Helen Browning, pig farmer and chief executive of the Soil Association, “Pig” is the first book I would like to introduce the Food-Book Group to. Helen has been invited to Ledbury in April to talk about her farming experiences, and undoubtedly sustainable farming and food production as well.

There is also a new book “Ciderology” by Herefordshire’s very own Gabe Cook, and I am open to suggestions of course. I would like to relate the subjects to local food producers and include a farm visit/talk with each book.

If we buy 5 books or more we can get a discount at Ledbury Books and Maps, so suggest we start reading Pig after our first meeting (unless you wish to do so before!). We will probably meet every 2 or 3 months but will create the format at the first meeting.

For more details and if you would like to join us, please email: fran@ledburyfoodgroup.org

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