Eating, Reading and Living Well

Eating Reading Title 2014Eating, Reading and Living Well is an annual series of films, readings, and presentations for youth and adults focusing on learning to live a healthier life. Presented by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and sponsored by Mississippi Market.


Growing Cities PosterFilm Screening & Discussion:
“Growing Cities: A Film About
Urban Farming in America”

Monday, May 12, 7 p.m.
Merriam Park Library
1831 Marshall Avenue

Disillusioned with the lack of urban farming projects in their hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette set out on a road trip to interview urban farmers across the nation. Join them as they discover that good food isn’t the only crop these urban visionaries are harvesting. They’re also producing stronger, more stable communities, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time. Followed by a discussion. View the Growing Cities website here.

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Lake Superior Flavors book cover 2Lake Superior Flavors: A Field Guide to Food and Drink along the Circle Tour

Wednesday, May 21, 7 p.m.
Saint Anthony Park Library
2245 Como Avenue

From the founders of the popular food website Heavy Table comes Lake Superior Flavors, a celebration of food culture around the shores of the greatest of the Great Lakes. Join author James Norton and photographer Becca Dilley for a culinary tour of Lake Superior, showcasing the wild beauty and rugged authenticity of the places and people along the Circle Tour.

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MN Farmers Market CookbookTricia Cornell presents The Minnesota Farmers Market Cookbook

Wednesday, May 28, 7 p.m.
Hamline Midway Library
1558 W. Minnehaha Avenue

Author and local food writer Tricia Cornell provides time-tested kitchen shortcuts, tips on choosing each food in season, and plenty of advice on how to turn the fresh bounty of the farmers market into easy, delicious meals. With hand-drawn maps of market locations in the state and a collection of 80 recipes contributed by local chefs and farmers, The Minnesota Farmers Market Cookbook: A Guide to Selecting and Preparing the Best Local Produce with Seasonal Recipes from Chefs and Farmers not only lets you enjoy Minnesota’s unique, renowned farmers market culture, but helps you make the most of it in your home kitchen. Come hungry, there will be samples!

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Original LocalHeid E. Erdrich presents Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories, and Recipes from the Upper Midwest

Tuesday, June 3, 7 p.m.
Rondo Community Outreach Library
461 N. Dale Street

Local foods have garnered much attention in recent years, but the concept is hardly new: indigenous peoples have always made the most of nature’s gifts with menus that were truly the “original local.” Poet and author Heid E. Erdrich celebrates this tradition in her vibrant collection of home-tested recipes and stories from tribal activists, food researchers, families, and chefs.

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logo-beeBeez Kneez Kids’ Saturday

Saturday, June 14, 1 p.m.
Saint Anthony Park Library
2245 Como Avenue

Are you a kid interested in honey bees?

Learn more about who they are and why bees are so important to the food you love to eat through stories, hands-on activities, tasty samples, and more! You’ll also have the chance to view a working observation hive of honey bees and try on a bee suit for size. Ideal for kids ages 5+.

Don’t miss a live outdoor concert by folk band, Wildflower Honey, after the program. Click here to visit the Beez Kneez website.

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Mississippi Market LogoThe Eating, Reading & Living Well Series is made possible through generous support by Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op—St. Paul’s premier source for local & organic produce, sustainably raised meats, and delicious, healthful food.