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SHED Book Group: Fasting and Feasting

Meet with other readers and SHED customers and staff for the SHED Food Lover’s Book Group, where we’ll tackle the history, philosophy, and politics of food with works by some of our favorite authors. We’ll share our passion for eating, cooking, and reading in a discussion group. This month we’ll discuss Fasting and Feasting, a biography of food writer Patience Gray by Adam Federman.

In the book, biographer Adam Federman tells the remarkable―and until now untold―life story of Patience Gray: from her privileged and intellectual upbringing in England, to her trials as a single mother during World War II, to her career working as a designer, editor, translator, and author, and describing her travels and culinary adventures in later years. A fascinating and spirited woman, Patience Gray was very much a part of her times but very clearly ahead of them.

For more than thirty years, Patience Gray lived in a remote area of Puglia in southernmost Italy. She lived without electricity, modern plumbing, or a telephone, grew much of her own food, and gathered and ate wild plants alongside her neighbors in this economically impoverished region. When Gray died in 2005, the BBC described her as an “almost forgotten culinary star.” Yet her influence, particularly among chefs and other food writers, has had a lasting and profound effect on the way we view and celebrate good food and regional cuisines. Gray’s prescience was unrivaled: She wrote about what today we would call the Slow Food movement―from foraging to eating locally―long before it became part of the cultural mainstream.

Come having read the book and bring your questions. Bring up a drink or a snack from SHED’s fermentation bar and join us in a discussion perfect for farmers, cooks, environmentalists- anyone who is interested in the future of food.

This event is free to attend. Please RSVP to eventsmanager@healdsburgshed.com to let us know you’re coming.



May 16, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM


Healdsburg SHED
25 North Street, Healdsburg, CA, United States

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