Our PPB book-based events are back in a big way this week - just in time to get you up and out of any wintry doldrums that may have set in. Our store has transitioned beautifully from holiday twinkle to a snowy sparkle, and we have so many great new reads we are eager to share!
First, even if you haven't read it, you simply must come and hear all about First Bite: How We Learn to Eat by Bee Wilsonon Tuesday for our Morning Book Club. I'll serve up some food tastings that make her points - and I bet you'll surprise yourself. Every single major reviewer gushed about this book last fall, and I can see why. It uses stories and history and behavioral studies to help us understand how and why we eat. Bee nudges us to know that the only "superfood" is one you enjoy that also happens to be healthy. She posits that real change means bringing closer together the foods we crave and the foods we know are good for us. It just makes so much sense! I love mushy comfort food like mashed potatoes with butter, so why not have more oatmeal and polenta? I wonder if you feel at all like she does, that when it comes to food, we "treat pleasure and health as enemies." I loved her example of how we all can picture the dreaded "food pyramid" we learned about in school, and how most of us felt punished by the bottom part (pictures of raw veggies and a wheat stalk), and warm and fuzzy and somewhat aspirational about the cookies on the pyramid's pointy top. She makes frequent literary references, so my PPB friends will love that (she highlights Bread and Jam for Frances and Blueberries for Sal, along with, of course, Proust's madeleines from Remembrance of Things Past.) Her epilogue of wisdoms alone is worth your coming over and hearing about ("We mostly eat what we like. Before you can change what you eat, you need to change what you like," and "If you are vacillating between two main courses, go for the one you really love and when you are full, stop.") NOT your typical get healthy January book!!
Next, come over Thursday at noon for our monthly Cook the Book demonstration, this time featuring Laurie Colwin's Home Cooking. In this series, I take a food memoir and we talk about it and cook from it. This one is an all-time favorite of mine. It's a chatty and sincere and charming and tiny little paperback look at cooking (at first in an impossibly small New York apartment with no oven or even a real sink), and the love of being HOME. I promise you will love her voice and her simple ideas of nourishment without any fuss at all.
Boy! You can't miss our Saturday event: Jenny and Sandy's Champagne & Snowflake Winter Book recommendation bash. We have been reading like crazy and cannot wait to share our faveity-faves. You know the drill - come on over, grab some yummies and we will talk talk laugh talk challenge giggle question talk ask our way through dozens of new reads. As for me, My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (in fact all of the books in her series) has won my heart, and I've decided to spend some time "peeking under the pot-lid" of some non-fiction issues that have been bubbling over onto all of our consciouses. Jenny has immersed in some non-fiction, but fiction too and so have Wendy, Cathy, Emma and Betsy — between us all, we have read most all the best new fiction. These events are a PPB quarterly highlight for our devoted readers. It's a Gathering about Great Reads, exactly our PPB motto.
Come out from under your blanket, and see you here!