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Cooked: HOMEGROWN Book Club


Cooked: HOMEGROWN Book Club

HOMEGROWN is reading Cooked, Michael Pollan’s latest book, this summer. We’re deciding how much to read on a week-by-week basis, and we’ll start a new discussion each Tuesday to weigh in with our comments and thoughts and rants and cheers.

This week's reading: page 372 through the end of the book in the hardback edition; discussion begins Tuesday, August 13th. In the meantime, don't be shy! Add your thoughts to the week 5 discussion below. Want to join the club? Welcome! Post a comment below and introduce yourself.

Sparkling conversation, stimulating reading, HOMEGROWN togetherness: What’s not to love? (And congrats to Jon and David, winners of HOMEGROWN’s giveaway copies!) Now, let’s get cooking.

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COOKED: The end of the road 1 Reply

I started off the final reading section craving a glass of wine.  By the time I got to Coleridge's words on p. 404 I'd cranked up the Grateful Dead.  This section evoked memories for me--MP's…Continue

Started by Kirsten Madaus. Last reply by Jonathan Spee Aug 13, 2013.

Week 5 Discussion: Part IV/Earth (p. 291–372) 7 Replies

Hi, all,This week's reading started off a little slowly for me, but right around the midsection—aka the belly—of the bit on beneficial microbes and the gut, I started making notes and asterisks all…Continue

Started by Jennifer. Last reply by Jonathan Spee Aug 12, 2013.

Week 4 Discussion: Part 3/Air 5 Replies

Hi, all,A few quick thoughts to start us off this week. Looking forward to hearing other folks' takes! I guess what struck me the most this week was how much Pollan really seemed to love learning to…Continue

Started by Jennifer. Last reply by Jonathan Spee Aug 1, 2013.

Week 3 Discussion: Part 2/Water 4 Replies

I'm reposting Julie's comments here for anyone who didn't see her email. Thanks, Julie!-----So I hope you all are still enjoying our wonderful book.Thought I would start by saying I love the…Continue

Started by Jennifer. Last reply by David Axberg Jul 22, 2013.

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Comment by Jonathan Spee on June 20, 2013 at 9:15am

Hey Everyone,

 Check your library or purchase your own copy and get started reading soon so we can start discussing come July!  I've read the first 150 pages and it's a great read so far, with lots to talk about.  


Comment by David Axberg on June 20, 2013 at 4:15pm

I find it interesting that two guys won the books to be read. Come on ladies please join the discussion. Looking forward to getting into it. 

Comment by Jennifer on June 21, 2013 at 4:13pm

Uh, oh. I think you've throw down the gauntlet, David. Fellow women of HOMEGROWN, don't let me be our sole emissary. Join the club and help represent!

Comment by Tara Lehner on June 23, 2013 at 9:32am

I'm in! Just joined homegrown yesterday and will get my book Tuesday. Another woman representing!

Comment by Jonathan Spee on June 23, 2013 at 10:05am

Yay, welcome, Tara!

Comment by Julie A Neal on June 23, 2013 at 3:22pm
I've been looking for a summer read and since I am kitchen challenged at times I hope this will inspire.
Comment by Jonathan Spee on June 23, 2013 at 6:10pm

Welcome, Julie!  I've read the first quarter of the book and so far it definitely is inspiring me, so I hope it does for you too!

Comment by Jennifer on June 24, 2013 at 9:24am

Tara and Julie: Now we're talking! Thanks for joining! Glad you're here.

Comment by David Axberg on June 24, 2013 at 12:06pm

Welcome Julie & Tara, 

I have read the intro and A good portion of Part 1 FIRE. Looks like there was a very good reason for Michael Pollen to write it (better family connections). Often times I have read books and articles with either a sense of spirituality or to some degree sexual (love of) Michael seams to be coming from a sense of family unity. A sense of being connected to a bigger picture instead of individualism.   I have read several things by him and this one seams more personal and with that I am looking forward to it. 

Comment by Hazel Wetmore on June 27, 2013 at 10:30am

Hey all! I am new to Homegrown, but I saw the link to this book club - and I happened to buy the book when it came out...so I am excited to join the discussion group. Look forward to sharing in the experience with everyone!


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