Join Paul Graham for a discussion of In Memory of Bread, a deeply personal account of the emotional and physical struggles of a beer-brewing, bread-baking, wheat-loving guy who nearly dies as a result of a severe undiagnosed wheat allergy, how he copes with the loss of these staples, and what he discovers about modern industrialized wheat.
ABOUT THE BOOK: When Paul Graham was suddenly diagnosed with celiac disease at the age of thirty-six, he was forced to say good-bye to wheat, barley, rye, oats, and more. Gone were some of his favorite hobbies, including brewing beer with a buddy and gorging on his wife’s homemade breads. Struggling to understand why he had become allergic to so many dietary staples, Graham researched the modern production of wheat and learned that not only has its structural makeup been altered but it is also commonly added to thousands of processed foods that serve as fillers, stabilizers, and dyes. He turned to community agriculture and locavorism both to fill the void left by his previous wheat-heavy activities and to secure unprocessed, and therefore uncontaminated, whole foods.
With In Memory of Bread, Graham beautifully weaves together his personal loss with the realities of modern agriculture, creating a touching narrative for anyone struggling with a gluten allergy or interested in the state of our food system today.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Paul Graham is an associate professor of English at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, and his essays have appeared twice in the Best Food Writing anthology (2012 and 2013). Graham lives with his wife and two German shepherds in rural New York on the Canadian border. This is his first book.
DATE: Thursday, June 29th at 7pm
LOCATION: Phoenix Books Burlington
ADMISSION: Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Vermont Foodbank. Your $3 ticket comes with a coupon for $5 off a copy of the featured book. Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.
BENEFICIARY: Founded in 1986, the Vermont Foodbank has grown to be the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of food shelves, meal sites, schools, hospitals, and housing sites. The Foodbank’s mission is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships so that no one in Vermont goes hungry. In FY2016, the Vermont Foodbank distributed more than 12 million pounds of food to 153,100 Vermonters. The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation.