Thoughts for food

I love a good book and a nibble of something good. The only thing better is both of those things put together. Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, N.C. will host a number of cookbook and food writers this month, to whet our appetites for the holiday feeding frenzy.

This Saturday, Nov. 6, bring your best pies and enter a contest in connection with Chapel Hill, N.C. author Nancie McDermott’s new book, “Southern Pies: A Gracious Plenty of Pie Recipes from Lemon Chess to Chocolate Pecan.” Bring pies and recipes at 2:15 p.m. and judging will begin at 2:30 p.m. Nancie will talk about her book at 3 p.m. Prizes will include gift certificates and signed copies of the book.

I never would have connected poets and food, but “The Sound of Poets Cooking,” edited by Richard Kraweic, offers poems and recipes. Local poets will read from the book on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. And there will be poetical snacks.

More seriously, America throws away nearly half of its food, according to Jonathan Bloom, author of “American Wasteland.” He’ll discuss what to do about it on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. The talk will benefit the InterFaith Food Shuttle, a local organization that retrieves food that would be discarded for use at soup kitchens and shelters.

Jean Anderson of Chapel Hill is a fount of food knowledge, going back to her years as an Iredell County home economist. Her new book, “Falling Off the Bone,” shows how to use economical cuts of meat and still eat like kings. She’ll talk on Dec. 5 at 2:30 p.m.

For more information on all the events, call Quail Ridge Books at 919-828-1588.

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