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Museum Book Club: Carolina Table
November 1, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
What does North Carolina taste like?
We will try to answer that question during our next book club meeting when we discuss The Carolina Table: North Carolina Writers on Food, a collection of essays edited by UNC professor Randall Kenan. The Carolina Table explores the food North Carolinians cook, eat, and share. Pick up a copy at your local library or bookstore and join us via Zoom on Monday, November 1, 2021, at 6 pm. It may even inspire you to add a new dish to your recipe box, just in time for the holidays.
Book club meetings are free and open to the public. Each meeting includes an informal discussion about a work of historical nonfiction or fiction. Register for the book clubs that most interest you; participants do not need to attend all meetings. (You do not even need to finish the book!)
At the intersection of food and story, The Carolina Table: North Carolina Writers on Food offers a collection of food-related stories are set in North Carolina, though geography is sometimes secondary to the main theme, which is food in any form: meals and manners, cooking and ingredients, recipes and recollections. Novelist Michael Parker writes about his mother’s reluctant, but exclamation-point-laden food column for her husband’s newspaper; Celia Rivenbark remembers her summer job at the only sit-down restaurant in her eastern Carolina hometown; chef and former vegetarian Cathy Cleary reveals what led her to sit down to a pork dinner. Bridgette Lacy celebrates mid-summer “Mater Days” in newsrooms of daily papers where she worked. Writer and goat farmer Tom Rankin writes about taking his goats to be slaughtered by a halal butcher from Afghanistan in Sanford. John McElwee takes us to the annual celebratory Blue Monday shad fry along the Cape Fear River. The collection is edited by Randall Kenan, an award-winning novelist and food writer. Some of North Carolina’s favorite writers regale us with stories: Lee Smith, Daniel Wallace, Marianne Gingher, Jill McCorkle, Jaki Shelton Green, Wayne Caldwell, Marcie Cohen Ferris, Michael McFee, Zelda Lockhart, Crook’s Corner’s popular chef Bill Smith, noted cookbook author Nancie McDermott, and many others. (Description from Eno Publishers.)