Southold Historical Society: ‘The Serious Side of Food’ / Book Discussion Series

The Serious Side of Food:  Past, Present and Future


A Reading and Discussion Program funded by Humanities New York


In this program, participants will have the opportunity to read a series of books that tell the story of  our fascination with food: past, present and future.  Participants are welcome to any and all of the book discussions.  The discussions will be led by Karen Lund Rooney, Southold Historical Society Executive Director.  Copies of the books, which are provided by Humanities New York,  will be available for loan at the Society office (The Prince Building, 54325 Main Road, Southold 11971) and at Peconic Landing starting  February 1. 

Please call 631-765-5500 for further information about this program.


February 26  The Third Plate by Dan Barber  2pm

               Southold Historical Society Museum Complex (Ann Currie-Bell House)

               55200 Main Road, Southold, NY 11917             

        In this New York Times bestseller, author Dan Barber offers a radical new way of thinking about food.    He points to a future of a “third plate”:  a new paradigm of American eating where good farming and good cooking intersect.  He challenges eaters and chefs to imagine a food system that is as sustainable as it is delicious. 


March 19  In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan  2pm

                  Peconic Landing Community Center

                  1500 Brecknock Road, Greenport, NY 11944

          In this New York Times bestseller, author Michael Pollan shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices, begin to understand what is means to be healthy and to find pleasure in what we’re eating.


April 23  Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe  2pm

                 Peconic Landing Community Center

                 1500 Brecknock Road, Greenport, NY 11944

          In this book that challenged readers in the 1990’s, author Frances Moore Lappe shares with the reader not only a philosophy on changing yourself and the world by changing the way your eat but also simple rules for a healthy diet.


May 14  Cod by Mark Kurlansky  2pm

           Southold Historical Society Museum Complex (Thomas Moore House)

           55200 Main Road, Southold, NY 11971

              In this bestselling book author Mark Kurlansky writes about the biography of a fish, namely Cod, that was the reason Europeans set sail across the Atlantic  and helped change the course of history of the world!


There are no fees for this program.


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