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Writers Fest: Food meets books

By Jessica Green on October 4, 2016

On October 14 and 15, à la carte, the Ottawa Public Library’s food literacy project, is teaming up with the Ottawa International Writers Festival to host three major author and food literacy events:

  • Friday October 14th at 7pm: à la carte – Science, History and Health with Stephen Le and Maya Shetreat-Klein. Stephen Le is the author of One Hundred Million Years of Food, which offers a historical perspective on eating that helps us sort through conflicting food advice and understand the best diet for optimal health. Maya Shetreat-Klein wrote The Dirt Cure: Growing Healthy Kids with Food Straight from the Soil which reveals the shocking contents of children’s food and presents a nutritional plan for getting and keeping children healthy. This discussion will provide interesting insights to why we eat or have eaten certain foods and what we should be eating to be healthy today.
  • Saturday October 15th at 5pm: à la carte –The Ethics of Eating with Sonia Faruqi. In her book Project Animal Farm: An Accidental Journey into the Secret World of Farming and the Truth about Our Food, Sonia Faruqi offers a revealing look at what happens behind farm doors and sheds light on the practices of the animal agriculture industry, with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of farm animals here at home. Join us for a discussion on the changes we need to make- using our forks and our votes.

Food donations for the Parkdale Food Centre will be gratefully accepted during the three events. Canned salmon, sardines, oats, canned tomatoes and pasta are especially needed.

All events will take place at Christchurch Cathedral (414 Sparks St) and are free. For tickets, please visit the Ottawa International Writers’ Festival website. The licensed Festival Café will be open and Dash Mobile Cookery will be providing great local food on site.