Sunday, October 16, 2011

Famine is the Real Obscenity

Today I am focusing on books about food. I have blogged about Books and Food before; however, today   I am blogging about food with hundreds of bloggers from 80 countries around the world.  I will have a few things to say about hunger and famine.  Here is the story behind the title of  this post.

Blog Action Day
I found this link on twitter, two days ago, declaring Blog Action Day (BAD) to be October 16 and that the topic was food.  Well I decided to find out more about BAD.  I clicked another link that took me to  a registration form. I discovered that BAD has existed since 2007.  The BAD plan has been to  get bloggers around the world to blog about one important global topic on the same day.  This year BAD happens to coincide with World Food Day.  Hence the 2011 theme is anything related to food.  

Books about Food
First, some books with food themes that I have read and enjoyed:

In Defense of Food and Food Rules by Michael Pollan
Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel; our book club selection in July 2004.
Letter to My Daughter  and Hallelujah! The Welcome Table by Maya Angelou.   The chapter on Morocco in Letter to My Daughter had an interesting coffee drinking story.
Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews.  
Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth 

Book Club Cookbook
In a previous post, I mentioned this blog called The Book Club Cookbook which linked books with food.  Check it out.   One of our past book club picks is listed on the blog, The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  It is linked to a recipe for  Demetrie's Chocolate Pie.  Also, here are some popular books about food that I would really love to read:
Julie and  Julia by Julie Powell 
My Life in France by Julia Child
Comfort Me with Apples by Ruth Reichl 

Hunger and Famine 
For this World Food Day, please check out  this F word video that brings attention to famine.  Famine is indeed an obscenity. Remember those who are hungry in the United States of America. Click to see where the hunger crisis is located in the rest of the world.


J.C. Martin said...

Thank you for sharing. The video is cool. Outrageously, it was banned in the UK! Glad I got to see it now. Also, I'm amazed by the fact that there is famine in the US. Really eye-opening stuff.

Author , The Doll

Janice said...

So glad at least one person read my post.