WWBA is delighted to present “Reasons & Seasons of Food” a discussion series designed to educate our participants through engaging discussions about the many aspects of food – spiritual, physical, emotional, political, and cultural. The Facilitator for this Series, Dr. Laurie Rozakis, is a cook, teacher, mother, and consumer. She aims to explore both the serious and fun aspects of food for the healthy benefit of all participants. Food is harvested and marketed by many entities, sometimes for competing purposes – that is, financial gain and personal pleasures versus personal health. Along the way, the consumer is often served unhealthy choices. Over six weeks, participants will read literature that explores topics such as fad diets, food corporations’ relationship to politics, and food trends throughout history. The focus of this seminar is to examine the issues that surround the food we eat. The goal of this discussion group is to read, share ideas, and have a good time together, while building understanding and camaraderie in these challenging times, As British author C.S. Lewis said, “Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.”
Books are readily available at a library. Discussion Group meets in-person at the Birthplace on Fridays, March 4th – April 8th, 2022.
Week 1: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.
Explore the issue of food safety by focusing on the deplorable conditions at the city’s famous stockyards and slaughterhouses at the turn of the 20th century.
Week 2: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health by Marion Nestle.
Discuss Nestle’s exploration of the ways in which corporations and food companies influence politics in order to improve their bottom lines – and how it affects the health of Americans.
Week 3: The Road to Wellville by T. Coraghessan Boyle.
Enjoy Boyle’s comic satire of the early 20th century diet fads and compare and contrast those to the diet fads of today.
Week 4: Diet Cults: The Surprising Fallacy at the Core of Nutrition Fads and a Guide to Healthy Eating for the Rest of Us by Matt Fitzgerald.
Build on the previous book by examining today’s diet fads and discuss how each becomes the “only” way to eat healthy.
Week 5: In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan.
Explore Pollan’s highly influential “one true way” to eat healthy by following his mantra: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
Week 6: A cookbook of each participant’s choice. Participants share their favorite cookbooks and recipes. If Covid restrictions allow, we will end the program with a potluck meal.