Book Club

BookclubThe Slow Food Sacramento Book Club is a book club for readers who enjoy food-related literature, both non-fiction and fiction. The club meets at 6:30 pm on the second Thursday of every other month at one of our member’s homes. Everyone who attends brings an appetizer to share, and we enjoy an evening of lively literary discussion. At the close of each meeting we choose our next book based on recommendations from our members. New members are always welcome!

If you are interested in participating or if you would like more information, please contact Kathleen Albiani at

Upcoming Meetings and Books:


July 14 2016


The Perfect Peach: Recipes and Stories from the Masumoto Family Farm


By David M. Masumoto

A cookbook showcasing the luscious flavor of peaches in 50 sweet and savory dishes, drawing on the life stories and experiences of America's foremost peach farming family -- the Masumotos of California's Central Valley. Accompanied by eloquent essays that evoke the soul of family farming and the nuances of a life filled with peaches, The Perfect Peach is for anyone who longs to savor the flavor of a pristinely ripe peach. 


September 8, 2016


Kitchens of the Great Midwest


By J. Ryan Stradal

Each chapter in J. Ryan Stradal's startlingly original debut novel tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and delving into the ways food creates community and a sense of identity. By turns quirky, hilarious, and vividly sensory, Kitchens of the Great Midwest is an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life -- its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises. 


November 10, 2016


An Appetite For Violets


By Martine Bailey

Inspired by eighteenth-century household books of recipes and set at the time of the invention of the first restaurants, An Appetite For Violets is a literary feast for lovers of historical fiction. Martine Bailey's novel opens a window into the fascinating lives of servants, while also delivering a suspenseful tale of obsession and betrayal. 


January 12, 2017


The Drunken Botanist


By Amy Stewart

Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet? In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries. 


March 9, 2017


My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with recipes) 


By Luisa Weiss

Luisa  Weiss was working in New York when she decided to cook her way through her massive recipe collection. The Wednesday Chef, the cooking blog she launched to document her adventures, charmed readers around the world. But Luisa never stopped longing to return to her childhood home in Berlin. A food memoir with recipes, My Berlin Kitchen deliciously chronicles how she finally took the plunge and went across the ocean in search of happiness only to find love waiting where she least expected it. 


May 11, 2017


Forked: A New Standard For American Dining


By Saru Jayaraman

As most corporate restaurants continue to set low standards for worker wages and benefits, a new class of chef and restaurateur is working to foster sustainability in their food and their employees. Forked offers an insider's view of the highest and lowest scoring restaurants for worker pay and benefits in each sector of the restaurant industry, and with it, a new way of thinking about how and where we eat.