Two of my books, The Omnivorous Mind: Our Evolving Relationship with Food (Harvard University Press) and Home: How Habitat Made Us Human (Basic Books) are appropriate for book clubs. If your club buys 8 or more copies of the book, I am happy to do a Skype session in which we can all discuss the book or you can ask me questions.
Some questions (gently) suggested for discussion purposes:
- Are you a fan of crispy foods?
- What is your earliest food memory?
- Have you ever had a food that you consciously had to learn to like? If so, how did it go?
- Have you ever had a major change in diet, other than for weight loss or gain?
- How would you characterize your own “theory of food?” What were its strongest personal and cultural influences?
- In your own life, what are your strongest emotional and cognitive links to food and eating?
- How many places have you called “home” over your life?
- Have you ever been homesick? If so, how did you stop being homesick?
- What do you think and feel when you see a homeless person?
- How does your own home shape your view of the world? How does it prepare you to deal with the outside world?
- Have you consciously made major changes to your dwelling in order to enhance the feeling of home?
- In the book, I call “home” a kind of perceptual trick–how do you think your feelings of home trick you in other ways?
Please contact me for more information or to book a Skype session.