2012 5H Community Read | In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, the well-considered answers he provides to the questions posed in the bestselling The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion. As a result, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not “real.” These “edible foodlike substances” are often packaged with labels bearing health claims that are typically false or misleading. Indeed, real food is fast disappearing from the marketplace, to be replaced by “nutrients,” and plain old eating by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health, not to mention our meals. Michael Pollan’s sensible and decidedly counterintuitive advice is: “Don’t eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food.”
5H Community Read: Supplemental Reading List
American Grown: the story of the White House kitchen garden and gardens across America by Michelle Obama In April 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama planted a kitchen garden on the White House’s South Lawn. As fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs sprouted from the ground, this White House Kitchen Garden inspired a new conversation all across the country about the food we feed our families and the impact it has on the health and well-being of our children. Now, in her first-ever book, American Grown, Mrs. Obama invites you inside the White House Kitchen Garden and shares its inspiring story, from the first planting to the latest harvest. Learn from the White House Garden team about how you can help plant your own backyard, school or community garden.
The Mini Farming Guide to Vegetable Gardening: self-sufficiency from asparagus to zucchini by Brett L. Markham Make the most of your vegetable garden with Brett Markham, author MiniFarming: Self-Sufficiency on ¼ Acre. This comprehensive new handbook covers everything you need to know about maximizing and harvesting the best vegetables you can possibly produce. With each chapter addressing a different vegetable, you’ll learn tips and tricks about varietal selection, nutritional merits, how to begin, special hints for growing, and how to deal with particular pests and diseases, plus one or two creative recipes to get you started. With over 150 of Markham’s own photographs guiding you every step of the way, you’ll find this an honest, straightforward guide and a must-have for any vegetable mini-farmer.
The Good Food Revolution: growing healthy food, people, and communities by Will Allen The son of a sharecropper, Will Allen had no intention of ever becoming a farmer himself. But after years in professional basketball and as an executive for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Procter & Gamble, Allen cashed in his retirement fund for a two-acre plot a half mile away from Milwaukee’s largest public housing project. The area was a food desert with only convenience stores and fast-food restaurants to serve the needs of local residents.
In the face of financial challenges and daunting odds, Allen built the country’s preeminent urban farm—a food and educational center that now produces enough vegetables and fish year-round to feed thousands of people. Employing young people from the neighboring housing project and community, Growing Power has sought to prove that local food systems can help troubled youths, dismantle racism, create jobs, bring urban and rural communities closer together, and improve public health. Today, Allen’s organization helps develop community food systems across the country.
An eco-classic in the making, The Good Food Revolution is the story of Will’s personal journey, the lives he has touched, and a grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats
The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball On an impulse, Kimball shed her city self and moved to 500 acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with her husband. “The Dirty Life” is the captivating chronicle of their first year on Essex Farm, from the cold North Country winter through the following harvest season–complete with their wedding in the loft of the barn.
Healthy Cooking Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy Appetite: 125 super-fresh recipes for a high-energy life by Gordon Ramsay Three-star chef flavors + healthy eating equals a winning combination!You are what you eat–andGordon Ramsay’s Healthy Appetitewill help you feel and look your best. Ramsay himself is a super-fit marathon runner and high-energy personality who knows what it takes to stay in the peak of health. He has created over 125 fresh, great-tasting recipes that are completely in tune with the way people want to eat today. From mouthwatering Buckwheat Crepes with Smoked Salmon to kid-friendly Chicken Burgers with Sweet Potato Wedges, every recipe is scrumptious. And because even healthy people need a treat, there are delicious desserts like a light Chocolate Mousse!
Herbivoracious: a flavor revolution with 150 vibrant and original vegetarian recipes by Michael Natkin Some of the most creative new minds in the kitchen and the most exhilarating new voices in food writing come from the world of blogs. Michael Natkin, creator of the wildly popular Herbivoracious.com, indisputably fits both of those descriptions. In Herbivoracious: A Vegetarian Cookbook for People Who Love to Eat, Natkin offers up 150 exciting recipes (most of which have not appeared on his blog) notable both for their big, bold, bright flavors and for their beautiful looks on the plate, the latter apparent in more than 80 four-color photos that grace the book. This is sophisticated, grown-up meatless cooking, the kind you can serve to company—even when your guests are dedicated meat-eaters
Jamie’s Food Revolution: rediscover how to cook simple, delicious, affordable meals by Jamie Oliver Cooking good food from scratch is a skill that can save you money, keep you healthy, and make you and your family and friends happy. What I’ve tried to do in this book is pick a whole load of meals that we all love to eat and break them down to make them as simple as possible. There are plenty of clear instructions and step-by-step pictures, so whether you’re an accomplished cook or a complete beginner, you’ll be able to enjoy cooking and achieve great results in the kitchen.
The Healthy Kitchen: recipes for a better body, life, and spirit by Andrew Weil Two of America’s most popular authorities on healthy eating and cooking join forces in this delectable, inspiring, easy-to-use cookbook. Andrew Weil – author of the bestselling “Eating Well for Optimum Health” – brings this perfect collaboration a comprehensive philosophy of nutrition grounded in science. Rosie Daley – acclaimed for her bestseller, ” In the Kitchen with Rosie “- brings to it her innovative and highly flavorful spa cuisine. With its 135 fabulous recipes and invaluable information on what constitutes genuinely healthy eating today, this revolutionary book will change forever the way you cook for yourself and your family.
Healthy in a Hurry Cookbook: 150 delicious recipes for simple, everyday suppers in 45 minutes or less by Jim Romanoff Healthy in a Hurry offers the ultimate answer to the perennial weeknight question of “What’s for dinner?” With hundreds of quick and flavorful main-course recipes, it promises to become an everyday cooking tool for those who want to get a healthy, delicious meal on the table both swiftly and simply.
Coming out of the highly acclaimed Vermont test kitchens of EatingWell magazine, Healthy in a Hurry serves up a broad range of easy and mouth-watering recipes such as Warm Salmon Salad with Crispy Potatoes, Garlic & Parsley Rubbed Lamb Chops with Greek Couscous Salad, and Chicken with Green Olives & Dried Plums.
Healthy Eating The Weight of the Nation: surprising lessons about diets, food, and fat from the extraordinary series from HBO Documentary Films by John Hoffman America’s ever-expanding wasitline: We see it, we hear about it, and we worry about it! But can anything be done about it?
Intuitive Eating: A revolutionary technique that works by Evelyn Trioble and Elyse Resch We’ve all been there-angry with ourselves for overeating, for our lack of willpower, for failing at yet another diet that was supposed to be the last one. But the problem is not you, it’s that dieting, with its emphasis on rules and regulations, has stopped you from listening to your body.
Written by two prominent nutritionists, Intuitive Eating focuses on nurturing your body rather than starving it, encourages natural weight loss, and helps you find the weight you were meant to be.
Learn: *How to reject diet mentality forever *How our three Eating Personalities define our eating difficulties *How to feel your feelings without using food *How to honor hunger and feel fullness *How to follow the ten principles of Intuitive Eating, step-by-step *How to achieve a new and safe relationship with food and, ultimately, your body
With much more compassionate, thoughtful advice on satisfying, healthy living, this newly revised edition also includes a chapter on how the Intuitive Eating philosophy can be a safe and effective model on the path to recovery from an eating disorder.
Food Matters by Mark Bittman From the award-winning guru of culinary simplicity and author of the bestselling “How to Cook Everything” and “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian” comes a plan for responsible eating that’s as good for the planet as it is for the waistline.
Real Food: what to eat and why by Nina Planck Hailed as the “patron saint of farmers’ markets” and one of the “great food activist,” Nina Planck is single-handedly changing he way we view real food. A vital and original contribution to the hot debate about what to eat and why, Real Food is a thoroughly researched rebuttal to dietary fads and a clarion call for the return to old-fashioned foods. In lively, personal chapters on produce, diary, meat, fish, chocolate, and other real foods, Planck explains how ancient foods like beef and butter have been falsely accused, while industrial foods like corn syrup and soybean oil have created a triple epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. The New York Times said that Real Food “poses a convincing alternative to the prevailing dietary guidelines, even those treated as gospel.”
Food Rules: an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Michael Pollan, our nation’s most trusted resource for food-related issues, offers this indispensible guide for anyone concerned about health and food. Simple, sensible, and easy to use, Food Rules is a set of memorable rules for eating wisely, many drawn from a variety of ethnic or cultural traditions. Whether at the supermarket or an all-you-can-eat-buffet, this handy, pocket-size resource is the perfect guide for anyone who would like to become more mindful of the food we eat.
What to Eat by Marion Nestle How do we decide what foods to eat? In recent years, this simple question has become complicated beyond belief– as supermarkets have grown to warehouse size, and as the old advice to eat foods from four food groups has been overrun by questions about organic foods, hormones, pesticides, carbohydrates, “trans “fats, omega-3s, supplements, health claims, extreme diets, and, above all, obesity. Fortunately, Marion Nestle is here to tell us what’s what– to give us the facts we need to make sensible choices from the bewildering array of foods available to us. With “What to Eat,” this renowned nutritionist takes us on a guided tour of the supermarket, explaining the issues with verve and wit as well as a scientist’s expertise and a food lover’s experience. Today’s supermarket is ground zero for the food industry, a place where the giants of agribusiness compete for sales with profits– not nutrition or health– in mind. Nestle walks us through the supermarket, section by section: produce, dairy, meat, fish, packaged foods, breads, juices, bottled waters, and more. Along the way, she untangles the issues, decodes the labels, clarifies the health claims, and debunks the sales hype. She tells us how to make sensible choices based on freshness, taste, nutrition, health, effects on the environment, and, of course, price. With Nestle as our guide, we learn what it takes to make wise food choices and are inspired to act with confidence on that knowledge. “What to Eat “is “the “guide to healthy eating today: comprehensive, provocative, revealing, rich in common sense, informative, and a pleasure to read.
Mindless Eating: why we eat more than we think by Brian Wansink In this illuminating and groundbreaking new book, food psychologist Brian Wansink shows why you may not realize how much you’re eating, what you’re eating–or why you’re even eating at all.
Brian Wansink is a Stanford Ph.D. and the director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab. He’s spent a lifetime studying what we don’t notice: the hidden cues that determine how much and why people eat. Using ingenious, fun, and sometimes downright fiendishly clever experiments like the “bottomless soup bowl,” Wansink takes us on a fascinating tour of the secret dynamics behind our dietary habits. How does packaging influence how much we eat? Which movies make us eat faster? How does music or the color of the room influence how much we eat? How can we recognize the “hidden persuaders” used by restaurants and supermarkets to get us to mindlessly eat? What are the real reasons most diets are doomed to fail? And how can we use the “mindless margin” to lose–instead of gain–ten to twenty pounds in the coming year?
Mindless Eating will change the way you look at food, and it will give you the facts you need to easily make smarter, healthier, more mindful and enjoyable choices at the dinner table, in the supermarket, in restaurants, at the office–even at a vending machine–wherever you decide to satisfy your appetite.
The End of Overeating: taking control of the insatiable American appetite by David Kessler Most of us know what it feels like to fall under the spell of food—when one slice of pizza turns into half a pie, or a handful of chips leads to an empty bag. But it’s harder to understand why we can’t seem to stop eating—even when we know better. When we want so badly to say “no,” why do we continue to reach for food?
Dr. David Kessler, the dynamic former FDA commissioner who reinvented the food label and tackled the tobacco industry, now reveals how the food industry has hijacked the brains of millions of Americans. The result? America’s number-one public health issue. Dr. Kessler cracks the code of overeating by explaining how our bodies and minds are changed when we consume foods that contain sugar, fat, and salt. Food manufacturers create products by manipulating these ingredients to stimulate our appetites, setting in motion a cycle of desire and consumption that ends with a nation of overeaters. The End of Overeating explains for the first time why it is exceptionally difficult to resist certain foods and why it’s so easy to overindulge.
There has never been a more thorough, compelling, or in-depth analysis of why we eat the way we do.
For decades, that question has fascinated a small circle of impassioned doctors and researcher—and now, their life-changing research is making headlines in the hit documentary Forks Over Knives. Their answer? Eat a whole-foods, plant-based diet—it could save your life.
It may overturn most of the diet advice you’ve heard, but the experts behind Forks Over Knives aren’t afraid to make waves. And more and more experts are adding their voices to the cause: There is nothing else you can do for your health that can match the benefits of a plant-based diet.
Now, as Forks Over Knives is introducing more people than ever before to the plant-based way to health, this accessible guide provides the information you need to adopt and maintain a plant-based diet.
The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II This exhaustive presentation of the findings from the China Study conclusively demonstrates the link between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Referred to as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology” byThe New York Times, this study examines more than 350 variables of health and nutrition with surveys from 6,500 adults in 65 counties, representing 2,500 counties across rural China and Taiwan. While revealing that proper nutrition can have a dramatic effect on reducing and reversing these ailments as well as obesity, this text calls into question the practices of many of the current dietary programs, such as the Atkins diet, that enjoy widespread popularity in the West. The impact of the politics of nutrition and the efforts of special interest groups on the creation and dissemination of public information on nutrition are also discussed.
Programs from 2012 Community Read
5H Kids Delicious Book Group – Eggs Over Evie by Alison Jackson Wednesday, November 14 | 3:30-4:30pm Chelsea District Library | Registration Required | Ages 10-14 Evie is the daughter of a world famous chef who is stuck in the role of go-between between her two divorced parents. But, luckily for Evie, when life gets too stressful, she always has cooking and friends to fall back on. Sample a dish made from one of Evie’s own delicious recipes, talk about the book Eggs Over Evie by Alison Jackson, and experiment with food to create your own health and tasty snack.
Healthy Holiday Wednesday, December 5 | 7-8:30pm Chelsea District Library | Registration Required | All Ages Join the experts from Ann Arbor Cooks as they share some of their secrets to a healthy holiday! Maple Apple Pecan Bread Pudding (vegan); Fresh Cranberry and Dark Chocolate Bark with Almonds (gluten-free, full of antioxidants); Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies (vegan). Ann Arbor Cooks is a recreational cooking school specializing in hands-on, participatory classes for all levels of aspiring cooks. The Ann Arbor Cooks mission is simple: cook thoughtful and seasonally-inspired food, provide a technical foundation on which to build kitchen confidence, and most of all, put fun back into the kitchen! In partnership with Chelsea Community Kitchen. Click www.AnnArborCooks.com to learn more.
Where to find a copy of In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Over 1500 copies of the book In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan are circulating in the five healthy towns of Grass Lake, Manchester, Stockbridge, Dexter, and Chelsea. To track down a copy, start by visiting one of our sponsor libraries. In addition, there are several other locations in the five communities to locate copies, such as doctor’s offices, hair salons, local restaurants, car dealerships, and many more. Or check one of these locations:
In Chelsea: Chelsea Wellness Center Chelsea Community Hospital Chelsea State Bank Zou Zou’s Biggby Bearclaw Back to the Roots Chelsea Senior Center Silver Maples Chelsea Retirement Community
In Stockbridge: Cravingz Positively Chiropractic and Family Medicine of Stockbridge.
Events – 2012
The World Peace Diet with Dr. Will Tuttle Wednesday, September 5 | 7pm Manchester District Library | Registration Requested | Teens & Adults Dr. Will Tuttle is an award-winning speaker, educator, author, and musician. His music, writings, and presentations focus on creativity, intuition, and compassion. His book The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony gives guidelines for following a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle while focusing on the spiritual reasons for doing so.
An assortment of vegan refreshments will be served and space is limited. Please pre-register by Friday, August 31. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
Home Canning 101: The Basics Friday, Sept.14th & 21st | 4pm | Sharon United Methodist Church 9980 Pleasant Lk Rd. | Registration Required | Teens and Adults Sign up for this two-session canning class led by community gardener and canner Char Major. Char will spend the first session demonstrating safe canning techniques (you might even get to take home samples). In the second session you’ll can your own produce using your new skills and equipment provided for the class.
Raising Chickens in Your Backyard Saturday, October 6 | 10:30am Manchester District Library | Drop-in | All Ages Chickens! They lay delicious eggs, eat bothersome bugs, and provide entertainment (and sometimes coq au vin). Lois and Bob Pawlusiak own a small farm where they focus on raising their own food, and they’ll visit the library to share what they’ve learned about raising chickens. They’ll bring a few varieties of chicken along for your inspection as they outline the essential aspects of raising chickens – what to feed them, how to house them, and what kind of care they need.
Pizza Workshop with Video Pizza Friday, October 12 | 4pm Manchester District Library | Drop-in | All Ages Instead of relying on take-out pizza, try making your own — you’ll have more control over the ingredients and it’s fun, too. In this program you’ll watch a short video called Video Pizza showing how to make pizza dough and sauce from scratch — presenter Steve promises that it only takes 20 minutes and less than $2. The library will then provide equipment and ingredients so that you can make your own dough using Steve’s tips. Take it home and pop it in the oven for a quick, easy dinner. Pick up a movie while you’re at the library and make it a night!
A Short History of Tea: Talk and Tasting Saturday, October 20 | 10:30am Manchester District Library | Drop-in | All Ages Tea is the most popular beverage in the world after water. Learn more about tea from Terry Ensign, proprietor of Iceni Tea LLC. Mr. Ensign will bring five different teas for you to look at, smell, and then taste. Find out what separates a black tea from a rooibos, or a green tea from oolong, and learn the history behind them. There will be plenty of time for questions at the end. Come thirsty!
Book Discussion: In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan Tuesday, October 23 | 2pm The Coffee Mill, 146 E. Main St., Manchester | Drop-in | All Ages Monday, November 5 | 7pm Manchester District Library | Drop-in | All Ages This discussion group will bring together members of the Manchester community to discuss Pollan’s guide to eating. If you care about your health, worry about feeding your family well, or just want to know more about the food you love to eat, you’re sure to find In Defense of Food thought-provoking and informative. Borrow a Community Read copy and join the discussion. Top of Page
STOCKBRIDGE 5H Community Read Events Capital Area District Libraries | 200 Wood St. | Stockbridge, MI 49285 To register call (734) 851-7810
Tasting and Touring Michigan’s Homegrown Food, with Jaye Beeler Monday, September 17 | 6-7pm Stockbridge Library | Drop-in This delicious taste of Michigan comes to us from award-winning journalist Jaye Beeler, the author of Tasting and Touring Michigan’s Homegrown Food: A Culinary Road Trip. Buckle up as she leads this tasting tour from the cranberry bogs of the U.P. to the inner-city garden plots of Detroit. She’ll offer tastes of farmstead cheese, artisan breads, hand-crafted chocolate, and her own signature pesto sauce.
Made in the Mitten: Savoring Michigan’s Rich Foodie & Agricultural History Wednesday, September 26 | 6-7pm Stockbridge Library | Drop-in Dianna Stampfler of Promote Michigan offers an exciting presentation about Michigan food products. Often referred to as the “Mitten of Plenty,” Michigan is the second-most agriculturally-diverse state in the country. From cherries and blueberries to cheese and jam, our state offers an amazing variety of quality foods. Learn about those, plus the history of manufacturers that have helped shape our food culture – Kellogg’s, Biggby Coffee, Kowalski and more. Delicious samples included!
Book Discussion: The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food and Love, by Kristin Kimball Friday, September 28 | noon-1pm Stockbridge Library | Drop-in Join us for a discussion of this locavore-flavored memoir by Kimball, who quit her career as a Manhattan-based journalist to take up a life of CSA-model farming in upstate New York and to “live outside the river of consumption.” Publishers Weekly calls it a “poignant, candid chronicle…winningly depicted.” Refreshments will be served.
Cooking with Herbs Monday, October 1 | 6-7pm Stockbridge Library | Drop-in Presenter Suzi Greenway will discuss use of healthy herbs to make foods more attractive and more flavorful, without using salt. Samples included!
Healthy Pizza Contest Thursday, October 18 | 6:30-7pm Heritage Elementary School, Stockbridge | Drop-in Join us for a Healthy Pizza Contest! Pizza-making establishments within the Stockbridge Community Schools District are invited to submit healthy pies, and you are invited to come and sample them at no charge. Pizzas will be rated by a panel of judges with nutrition-related backgrounds and by popular vote. The winning pizza-maker will walk away with a cash prize, a certificate for display and bragging rights. Those interested are warmly invited to stay for the Stockbridge Area Wellness Coalition meeting that follows the event.
Community Read Book Discussion Thursday, October 24 | 6-7pm Stockbridge Library | Drop-in In Defense of Food: an Eater’s Manifesto, by Michael Pollan Please join us at the Stockbridge Library for a discussion of this Community Read title for 2012 – a book the Washington Post called “remarkable” and “engrossing,” and Publishers Weekly called a “shocking yet essential treatise on the industrialized Western diet and its detrimental effects on our bodies and culture.” Refreshments will be served.
Healthy food-themed storytimes for 3-5 year olds Mondays, October 1, 8, 15 and 22 | 11am-noon Stockbridge Library | Drop-in Join us for healthy food-themed storytimes with crafts. Especially for 3-5 year olds, but younger patrons welcome with close adult supervision. Top of Page
CHELSEA 5H Community Read Events Chelsea District Library | 221 S. Main | Chelsea, MI 48118 To register call (734) 475-8732 or visit our events calendar
Simple Salads Tuesday, August 21 | 12-1pm Chelsea Senior Center | Registration Required | Adults Join instructor and CCK board member, Peter di Lorenzi for a demonstration and tasting of garden salads using produce from the Intergenerational Garden. And, get ready for engaging conversation about food, healthy eating and cooking tips sure to interest adults of any age. Supported by a grant from the Chelsea Area Garden Club in partnership with Chelsea Community Kitchen.
Cooking Demos with Chelsea Community Kitchen Sept. 18 | Oct. 2 & 18 | Nov.8 | Registration Required | All Ages
Cooking for One: Fresh from the Garden Tuesday, September 18 | 12-1pm Chelsea Senior Center | 512 E. Washington St. Is it too much effort to cook fresh, healthy meals for just one person? Instructor and CCK board member, Peter di Lorenzi, will conduct a demo/tasting featuring produce from the Intergenerational Garden with a hearty helping of ideas and tips for making low-effort, inexpensive, healthy, and very flavorful meals for one person or more. Supported by a grant from the Chelsea Area Garden Club.
One Pot Meals Tuesday, October 2 | 7-8:30pm Chelsea District Library A demonstration of healthy, hearty one-pot meals applicable to conventional casseroles, crock-pots, and pressure cookers. The emphasis will be on tips for prepping, maximizing flavor, and simple, healthy ingredients. We will also re-examine the conventional wisdom about slow-cooking techniques. In addition to the tastings, participants will receive copies of discussion notes, recipes, and tips. We encourage comments, experiences, and questions throughout the presentation.
A Tale of Two Dishes Thursday, October 18 | 7-8:30pm Chelsea District Library Join the Chelsea Community Kitchen Board at its 3rd Annual Meeting (a short one reviewing CCK’s successes), followed by an interactive discussion of “nutritionism” with CCK Board member Peter di Lorenzi. Nutritionism is one of the key debates raised in Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food. Peter will make it real using two dishes to illustrate. In partnership with Chelsea Community Kitchen.
Seasonal Cooking: How to Take Local Food into the Winter Thursday, November 8 | 7-8:30pm Chelsea District Library Try out recipes, tips and ideas led by local-eating experts from Harvest Kitchen, Washtenaw County’s local food experts. Harvest Kitchen makes ready-to-go meals using ingredients from local farms, making healthy, local eating convenient. Click www.harvest-kitchen.com to learn about Harvest Kitchen.
Unbeatable Brown Bag Lunches Thursday, September 13 | 7-8:30pm Chelsea District Library Limited time? Limited ideas? Learn to create easy, nutritious lunches that your kids (and adults!) will really eat (and enjoy!). Kids Cooking Camp instructor, CCK board member and owner of Ellie’s Chocolate Café, Judy Radant will make lunch fun for both parents and children. In partnership with Chelsea Community Kitchen.
5H Kids Food Adventure Party Saturday, September 15 | 12-2pm Chelsea District Library | Drop-in| Ages 4 & up You’re never too young to learn the importance of eating right and being active in your community. That’s why the 5H Community Read Event has something for the whole family. Kids, 12 and under, come to the 5H Kids Food Adventure Party during the 5H Community Reads Kick-Off event! Try new foods, make sculptures and artwork out of fruits and vegetables, try to guess food by touch or smell, play the fruit toss game, and more! The Food Adventure Party will be held under the pergola outside of Kidspot!
5H Teen Bento Boxes Thursday, September 20 | 4– 5pm | McKune Room Registration Required | Ages 10– 17 Learn the Japanese art of packing a bento lunch. Bento, or “obento,” means box, but they are also an expression of creativity and love. Learn cutting techniques, character ideas and recipes. Bentos are a great way to pack healthful, beautiful and delicious lunches for yourself and those you love! Some bento supplies will be provided. Bento snacks will be served.
Real Food, Real Facts Saturday, September 22 | 3– 4:30pm | Back to the Roots | 115 S. Main Street Registration Required | All Ages Come to Back to the Roots for a workshop on the topic of “real food”, including a discussion on integrating coffee, teas and herbs into a healthy diet and a sushi making demonstration. Each segment is led by a knowledgeable staff member of Back to the Roots and includes free tastings.
Farm Fresh Film Series – CANCELED!
Saturday, September 22, October 13 | Dusk Family Circle Farm | Drop-in | All Ages We’re giving you a unique movie going experience on the farm! We will present two films on a giant screen at Family Circle Farm. Fresh is about the shift to sustainable agriculture. Forks over Knives proposes that most diseases can be controlled by a plant-based diet. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a great outdoor adventure. Family Circle Farm is located on 14320 S. M-52, Stockbridge, MI, 49285
Direction from Chelsea McKune Library: Head north out of town on Main St. Follow M-52 north approximately 9 miles and look for signs and balloons! Destination will be on the right hand side of the road.
Directions from Dexter: Take Dexter Pickney Rd. toward Hudson Mills and North Territorial Rd. Follow approximately 3.5 miles and turn Left onto N. Territorial. Take that until it dead ends into S. M-52 (~ 9 miles) and turn Right onto S. M-52. Follow 4 miles and look for signs and balloons! Destination will be on the right side of the road.
5H Kids Edible Farm Walk Sunday, September 23 | 1-2:30pm Tantre Farm | Registration Required | 4 and up Gather the whole family and join us at Tantre Farms for a 5H Kids Edible Farm Walk. Take a walking tour of the certified organic Tantre Farm where they grow over 80 varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers, meet the farmers who work hard all year round to keep the farm going, and even sample some organic farm-grown herbs, vegetables, and fruits. You may even get to try a food you’ve never had before. Tantre Farm is located on 2510 Hayes Road in Chelsea.
Community Farm Tour & Tasting Saturday, September 29 | 4-6pm Community Farm of Ann Arbor | Registration Required | All Ages Come see how a member-owned and supported farm operates and get a “taste” of the community it supports. One of the oldest CSAs in the United States, Community Farm of Ann Arbor (CFAA) celebrates its 25th year of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and biodynamic farming using principles of Rudolf Steiner. CFAA also won “Preservationist of the Year” in 2004 when the Washtenaw Land Trust completed purchase of the development rights on the land they farm. In partnership with Chelsea Community Kitchen. Click www.communityfarmofaa.org to learn about CFAA.
5H Kids Intergenerational Garden Meet up – Canceled
Wednesday, October 10 | 3:30-4:30pm Intergenerational Garden | Registration Required | Ages 6-12 Get outside, get your hands dirty, and be an active community member! The Intergenerational Garden in partnership with Chelsea Community Kitchen invites kids ages 6-12 to meet at the garden after school. Pitch in and help gather the fall harvest, then stay for a fun cooking demonstration and garden tasting led by Deb Harrington! The Intergenerational Garden is located between the Senior Center and the Chelsea Early Childhood Center located at 500 Washington St, Chelsea, MI.
5H Kids Delicious Book Group – Eggs Over Evie by Alison Jackson
Wednesday, November 14 | 3:30-4:30pm Chelsea District Library | Registration Required | Ages 10-14 Evie is the daughter of a world famous chef who is stuck in the role of go-between between her two divorced parents. But, luckily for Evie, when life gets too stressful, she always has cooking and friends to fall back on. Sample a dish made from one of Evie’s own delicious recipes, talk about the book Eggs Over Evie by Alison Jackson, and experiment with food to create your own health and tasty snack.
5H Healthy Towns Restaurant Week October 1-6 Join local restaurants as they unveil ‘5H’ entrees that highlight delicious, healthy eating. Restaurants will prepare meals with special attention to ingredients, preparation method, serving size and sodium content. Participating restaurants will have the option to produce an adult and/or child’s meal based on this criteria. We hope you’ll encourage our local restaurants by ordering some of their fantastic creations. Participating restaurants include Back to the Roots, Cleary’s Pub, Common Grill, Ellie’s, Mike’s Deli and Reddeman Farms. The latest 5H Restaurant Week are up – check it out!(http://www.5healthytowns.org/module=News&event=View&categoryID=2&newsID=40) Healthy Holiday Wednesday, December 5 | 7-8:30pm Chelsea District Library | Registration Required | All Ages Join the experts from Ann Arbor Cooks as they share some of their secrets to a healthy holiday! Maple Apple Pecan Bread Pudding (vegan); Fresh Cranberry and Dark Chocolate Bark with Almonds (gluten-free, full of antioxidants); Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies (vegan). Ann Arbor Cooks is a recreational cooking school specializing in hands-on, participatory classes for all levels of aspiring cooks. The Ann Arbor Cooks mission is simple: cook thoughtful and seasonally-inspired food, provide a technical foundation on which to build kitchen confidence, and most of all, put fun back into the kitchen! In partnership with Chelsea Community Kitchen. Click www.AnnArborCooks.com to learn more. Top of Page
DEXTER 5H Community Read Events Dexter District Library | 3255 Alpine St. | Dexter, MI 48130 To register call (734) 426-4477
Becoming a Health Conscious Foodie Wednesday, September 26 | 7pm Lower Level Meeting Room | Registration Required Do you love a wide variety of food? Do you often think about your next meal, even when you aren’t hungry? Is food a form of entertainment? Does food bring you joy? Welcome, fellow foodie! Food is an integral part of life but as we know, too much of it or unhealthy choices take its toll on our health and our weight. Learn the path to becoming a health conscious foodie – one who craves and enjoys foods that give energy, boosts the immune system and keeps you healthy. Join Susan Todoroff, owner of Juicy Kitchen, a healthy home-delivery food service, and learn how healthy eating becomes a lifestyle, and a joy, not a diet. Registration is available at the Adult Reference Desk.
Raising Chickens for Fun & Profit Tuesday, October 2 | 7:00 pm Lower Level Meeting Room | No Registration Required Enjoy fresh eggs everyday! Join chicken enthusiast and Dexter resident, Leah Vermeylen (and a few of her chickens!), to learn the basics of starting a coop in your backyard. Learn how fun and profitable raising chickens can be for the whole family. Leah, the self proclaimed, “Chicken Whisperer,” will tell you what you need to get started, how best to care for your chickens and discuss the health benefits of raising your own chickens.
Dynamic West Assemblies Presents: “Don’t Worry….Be Healthy” Tuesday, October 2 | 11am Level Meeting Room | Ages 4 & up Join the fun and educational presenters from Dynamic West Assemblies as they focus on the importance of exercise, proper nutrition and positive attitudes culminating in a healthy lifestyle. These vital facts are presented in an action packed format utilizing lots of audience participation and excitement. School is out this day, so plan to drop by the Library.
Quick Snack for Busy Teens Tuesday, October 2 | noon-1pm Lower Level Meeting Room | Grades 5-12 | Registration Required Learn to make some tasty, healthy snacks for those days when you are on the go. Samples will be available to attendees! Registration is available at the Youth Reference Desk.
Drop-In Healthy Craft, Healthy Snack Thursday, October 4 | 3-5pm Lower Level Meeting Room | All Ages All children are welcome to drop in and make a fall themed craft, visit with friends and have a healthy snack.
Super Stories | Healthy Eating Stories Wednesday, October 10 | 4:30pm Story Time Room | Grades K-1 | Registration required The Super Stories Book Discussion Group is geared for young readers in grades K-1. Participants will hear and discuss a variety of picture book stories centered on healthy eating. Registration is available at the Youth Reference Desk.
Canning & Preserving for Enjoying the Harvest All Year Long Wednesday, October 10 | 1pm Lower Level Meeting Room | No Registration Required Learn the Basics of canning and preserving with Kristen Uthus. This detailed walk through of the steps for canning and preserving will cover jam making, tomato, bean, fruits and even meats. Come ready to have your canning/preserving questions answered and see how you can enjoy your own harvest or that of our local farmers all year long.
Book Discussion: In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan Saturday, October 13 | 10:30am Lower Level Meeting Room | No Registration Required Cool down after the Second Saturday Dexter Wellness Walk with an open discussion of the Community Reads Book “In Defense of Food.”
Raw Food Diet: Nature’s Prescription for Vibrant Health, Presentation and Recipe Demonstration by Ellen Livingston Tuesday, October 16 | 7pm Lower Level Meeting Room | Registration Required Most of our ailments are a direct result of how far we have strayed from living and eating in the ways nature intended for us. Food is not a magic panacea, but it is a very powerful tool for lasting health. What you put into your body every day is either taking you toward health or away from health. Wouldn’t it be nice to really know what you’re supposed to eat? All the different messages can be so confusing! In this presentation Ellen will help you to cut through this confusion to an amazingly simple solution that is undeniably obvious, once we can see clearly. Prepare to be entertained, educated, inspired, and nourished. Food samples will be served.
Crafty Readers Book Discussion Group Wednesday, October 17 | 4pm Story Time Room | Grades 2-3 | Registration required This month, the Crafty Readers will meet and discuss “The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food” as well as conducting a food experiment. Crafty Readers is a book discussion club for children in second and third grades. Participants will discuss the book and make a craft. Registration is available at the Youth Reference Desk.
Could You Survive the Biggest Loser Show? Wednesday, October 17 | 7pm Lower Level Meeting Room | No Registration Required Ever think, “I could do that!” or wonder, “Why would anyone do that?” Join Biggest Loser contestants, Ben & Buddy Shuh, as they discuss their experience as contestants on one of America’s most popular reality shows, Biggest Loser. Find out what motivated the brothers to go on the show, the contestant selection criteria, what they learned from the professionals and what it is really like both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
Sushi Workshop for Teens Friday, October 19 | 7-8pm Lower Level Meeting Room | Grades 5-12 | Registration Required Impress your family and friends by learning to make your own sushi rolls. Join our Teen Librarian, Diane Alson (who has a passion for sushi!) and learn to make sticky rice, how to roll and slice sushi and the art of preparing beautiful plates. For this session, participants will practice with vegetable rolls. Registration is available at the Youth Reference Desk.
Book Snackers Book Discussion Group Wednesday, October 24 | 4:30 pm Story Time Room | Grades 4-5 | Registration required In October, the Book Snackers Book Discussion Group will review “The Chocolate Touch” by Patrick Skene Katling. Book Snackers is a book discussion group geared for children in fourth and fifth grades. Registration is available at the Youth Reference Desk.
Cooking With Ming: Teriyaki Tofu Steak Wednesday, October 24 | 7pm Lower Level Meeting Room | Registration Required Think Tofu is boring? Think again! The Dexter District Library is pleased to welcome back the very popular, Chef Ming Louie to make his favorite Teriyaki Tofu Steak! Come taste just how flavorful Tofu can be. Learn how to select Tofu and to avoid some of the common cooking mistakes that people make when they prepare Tofu dishes. You will have a chance to sample the dish and take home a recipe sheet.
Chef Alex Young of Zingerman’s Roadhouse Saturday, October 27 | 1pm Lower Level Meeting Room | No Registration Required Recently, Chef Alex Young from Zingerman’s Roadhouse purchased the Hoey Farm on Island Lake Road. Come hear Chef Young’s plans for the farm, how the crops will be integrated into Zingerman’s Roadhouse menu, and how Zingerman’s incorporates locally grown food into its products.
Going Gluten Free Tuesday, October 30 | 7pm Lower Level Meeting Room | No Registration Required Do you need to go gluten-free or just want to reduce the amount of gluten in your diet? Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed about where to start? Find out how to get started, what to have on hand in your pantry and some simple changes that you can make toward removing the gluten from your daily life. Sample a gluten free pancake that can replace bread in your diet and get some simple recipes that will help you make the transition.
From Market to Meal: Keeping Food Safe Wednesday, November 7 | 7pm Lower Level Meeting Room | No Registration Required You can’t see, smell, or taste harmful bacteria that may cause illness. Handling, cooking and storing food in a safe manner is essential to prevent food borne illness. Join Angela Parsons, from the Washtenaw County Public Health Department, as she guides you through the safety rules that will keep your food safe from the market to your meal.
Movie Nights Feature Films on Food, Agriculture and Eating Each Thursday Evening from September 27 through October 1 | 7pm Lower Level Meeting Room | No Registration Required Each Thursday evening, the Library will host a different feature film to tie in with the Community Reads book “In Defense of Food. Due to licensing restrictions, a complete listing is only available at the Library. Films included in the series will be similar to “Fresh: The Movie” to be shown on October 18 and “King Corn” which will be shown on November 1. A complete list of films in the series is available at the Library. Top of Page
GRASS LAKE 5H Community Read Events Jackson District Library | 130 W. Michigan Ave. | Grass Lake, MI 49240 To register call (517) 522-8211
Forks over Knives Wednesday, October 3 | 6-7:30pm | Drop-in This 2011 award-winning film examines the idea that degenerative diseases can be controlled or reversed by eliminating animal-based products and processed foods. Cameras follow patients who have chronic conditions from heart disease, to diabetes, to cancer. Illustrates how a whole-food, plant-based diet as primary medicine can treat these ailments with remarkable results.
Grass Lake Literary and Chocolate Society Monday, October 8 | 6-6:50pm Book club discusses In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. New members and general public are invited to join an exciting conversation about this thought-provoking book. Light refreshments, with a taste of something chocolate.
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead Wednesday, October 10 | 6-7:30pm | Drop-in Film features Joe Cross who is 100 pounds overweight, laced with steroids and suffering from disease. Cross chronicles his 3,000 mile trip across America where trades junk food for juices made from fresh fruit and vegetables. During his 60-day venture, he meets up with morbidly obese trucker Phil Staples. The duo share an epic journey to get well. An amazing story of healing and human connection.
Enjoying the Healthy Harvest Wednesday, October 17 | 6-7pm | Registration Required Licensed dietitian Lisa Lutchka of EatMoveWin LLC talks about the benefits of healthy eating using the wonderful bounty of the fall harvest. Lisa shares ideas, recipes and food samples featuring squashes, apples, pumpkins and more.
Food, Inc Wednesday, October 24 | 6-7:30pm | Drop-in A 2008 American documentary film directed by Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Robert Kenner. The film examines corporate farming in America, concluding that agribusiness produces food that is unhealthy, in a way that is environmentally harmful and abusive of both animals and employees. The film is narrated by In Defense of Food author Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser.
FRESH Monday, October 29 | 6-7:30pm | Drop-in This 2009 documentary celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.
Word Wise with Robin Mather Friday, November 9 | 6-9 pm | Whistlestop Depot 210 E. Michigan Ave. | Drop-in Spend an intimate evening with closing-event speaker Robin Mather, author of the The Feast Nearby. Enjoy refreshments, book-signing and conversation in the historic Grass Lake Whistlestop Depot. Top of Page
5H COMMUNITY READ FINALE! Saturday, Nov. 10 | 1pm | Dexter District Library | 3255 Alpine Drop-in | All Ages Senior associate editor at Mother Earth News, and author Robin Mather will discuss her book, The Feast Nearby, a collection of essays and recipes from a year of eating locally on a budget of $40 a week. Top of Page