[Zoom Event] "Meet the Author" Book Group
Our second guest speaker for the new series - "Meet the Author" - discussion group will be Gina Rae La Cerva. Gina Rae is an anthropologist and geographer who brings her unique experience to this discussion about "wild food" - how it's been used in the past, how it has become popular in fine dining and how its harvesting has become a threat to indigenous peoples and our environment. Join us on Tuesday, November 17th at 11 a.m. PST for our latest adventure on Zoom as we meet to discuss "Feasting Wild."
If you have been receiving notices through the Book Club email list(s) you will receive the link on Monday night (16th). If you are not on these lists, you may request the link from Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing your ideas!
About the Author:
Gina Rae La Cerva is a geographer, environmental anthropologist, and award-winning writer who has traveled extensively to research a variety of environmental and food-related topics. A National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, La Cerva holds a Master of Environmental Science from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. La Cerva lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
For more information, visit Gina Rae's website: https://ginaraelc.com/
About Feasting Wild:
Two centuries ago, nearly half the North American diet was foraged, hunted, or caught in the wild. Today, so-called “wild foods” are becoming expensive luxuries, served to the wealthy in top restaurants. Meanwhile, people who depend on wild foods for survival and sustenance find their lives forever changed as new markets and roads invade the world’s last untamed landscapes.
In Feasting Wild, geographer and anthropologist Gina Rae La Cerva embarks on a global culinary adventure to trace our relationship to wild foods. Throughout her travels, La Cerva reflects on how colonialism and the extinction crisis have impacted wild spaces, and reveals what we sacrifice when we domesticate our foods —including biodiversity, Indigenous and women’s knowledge, a vital connection to nature, and delicious flavors. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, La Cerva investigates the violent “bush meat” trade, tracking elicit delicacies from the rainforests of the Congo Basin to the dinner tables of Europe. In a Danish cemetery, she forages for wild onions with the esteemed staff of Noma. In Sweden––after saying goodbye to a man known only as The Hunter––La Cerva smuggles freshly-caught game meat home to New York in her suitcase, for a feast of “heartbreak moose.”
Thoughtful, ambitious, and wide-ranging, Feasting Wild challenges us to take a closer look at the way we eat today, and introduces an exciting new voice in food journalism.
“A memorable, genre-defying work that blends anthropology and adventure.”—Elizabeth Kolbert, New York Times-bestselling author of The Sixth Extinction
“A food book with a truly original take.” —Mark Kurlansky, New York Times bestselling author of Salt: A World History
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