Christy is Avid's events assistant and a full time bookseller. She started in September 2018 and immediately wandered into the cookbooks and history and current events sections, where you can still find her today.
East of Eden was the only book I ever finished reading in high school. I devoured it. No other book since has pushed me to come to terms with my own definition of morality quite like this one and every time I re-read it I find learn something new about myself and California's central valley, where I grew up.
This book is... Dare I say it... The best book I've ever read. If you are interested in food, sustainability, or agriculture at all I highly recommend it! Barber, a chef based out of New York, separates the 450-odd pages into 4 distinct sections: plant, lant, sea, and seed. Through each we meet his eccentric cast of characters, folks who are high up in their field because they are transforming the way we think about and eat food. He uses his unique perspective to discuss how change in agriculture is possible, and how chefs are the biggest factors of driving that change, instead of the consumer. Think of it as the trickle down theory - when chefs choose to put things like filet mignon, bluefin tuna, or heirloom tomatoes on their menus the rest of the world will follow suit. However, far too often those delectable ingredients become too popular and the excessive demand for them begins to ruin the environment in ways not anticipated.
This is just one of the major points Barber brings to light in The Third Plate. He also notes the importance of changing agriculture to move away from high yield and instead include crops that bring nutrients back into the soil but are not generally thought of being the stars of a plate. Additionally, he stresses the importance of bringing culture back into the American diet, to move away from the always-available ingredients and eat not only with the season, but with the land and in partnership with your farmers. Read this book and change the way you think forever.
David! I love you! Please adopt me into your quirky life and take me along on all of your misadventures. No one can make me laugh out loud the way you do; not just a chuckle but a belly roll that wakes up my neighbors in the middle of the night because I cannot put this book down.
Oh, break my heart Tayari Jones! This book perfectly illustrates the complex relationships between daughters and mothers and how they ebb and flow through the years. You will effortly immerse yourself in Jones' prose and be transported to Atlanta in the 1980's - a time of secrecy, debauchery, and terrible men.
Really makes you want to quit your day job and start drinking wine on the streets of the French Riviera. Luckily, Bosker takes that risk for us! Cork Dorkis approachable and honest, stripping away the intimidation that often guards entry to the world of wine and leaving a book with a bright, full-bodied finish.