Book Discussion: Field Days: A Year of Farming, Eating, and Drinking Wine in California
November 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Join us for wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a Slow Book discussion of Jonah Raskin’s Field Days: A Year of Farming, Eating, and Drinking Wine in California
Joyce Ortega’s home, Healdsburg (address will be sent upon registration)
Please bring an hors d’oeuvre and beverage to share.
There is no charge for this event, but space is limited.
Please RSVP to slowfoodsonomacountynorth@
What Is Slow Books?
Slow Books is a series of discussions of food-related books written from a variety of perspectives–chef, critic, consumer, producer. Meetings are held every 6 weeks and are open to everyone with an interest in the current book. Books are chosen by the group. Hosting and discussion leader will change for each meeting.
Field Days: A Year of Farming, Eating, and Drinking Wine in California by Jonah Raskin
Sooner or later, nearly everyone who cares about wine and food comes to Sonoma”—so begins this lively excursion to a spectacular region that has become known internationally as a locavore’s paradise. Part memoir, part vivid reportage, Field Days chronicles the renaissance in farming organically and eating locally that is unfolding in Northern California.
Jonah Raskin tells of the year he spent on Oak Hill Farm—working the fields, selling produce at farmers’ markets, and following it to restaurants. He also goes behind the scenes at Whole Foods. In this luminous account of his experiences, Raskin introduces a dynamic cast of characters—farmers, chefs, winemakers, farm workers, and environmentalists. They include such luminaries as Warren Weber at Star Route Farm, the oldest certified organic farm in Marin County; Bob Cannard, who has supplied Chez Panisse with vegetables for decades; Sharon Grossi, the owner of the largest organic farm in Sonoma; and Craig Stoll, the founder and executive chef at Delfina in San Francisco. Raskin also offers portraits of renowned historical figures, including Luther Burbank, Jack London, and M.F.K. Fisher.
Field Days is a heartfelt celebration of the farm-to-table movement and its cultural reverberations.