We did it! We had our first Book Club meeting! I suppose the biggest surprise of all is that people not only came to the meeting but also read the book. A roaring success all around! We were thrice blessed on Saturday with location and sunshine and food and people (I realize that is more than three things…but I couldn’t figure out how to make four plural. I even Googled it.) and it was awesome.
We couldn’t very well have a Book Club meeting without food, so we went INSANE (per usual) and had way too much. Holly and I snagged a vegan pizza from Whole Foods, some chicken fried tofu (behind the scenes secret: I made Holly retrieve it from my backseat so that I could eat some on our way to the Book Club. IT HAD JUST COME OUT OF THE FRYER, PEOPLE. I had to.), faux crab cakes, and we set that out for munchies while the real magic happened. Chef Billy, also known as Daniel’s Brazilian husband, was busy whipping up a MAGNIFICENT vegan feast for all of us to enjoy. More on that later.
We chose “Green is the New Red” by Will Potter as our first book to read. Will did an excellent job of simultaneously frightening me and empowering me. This book delved deep into the world of Animal Rights Activism and the frightening ways that activists can be labeled as terrorists. It is simply unfair the way the world works sometimes, and yet, I find comfort in the simple fact that I am not alone in my way of thinking. We all felt moved by Will’s book and troubled by what we are up against. I firmly believe that if any one of my friends or family skip meat for one meal that my activism is working.
We talked and drank wine, thought about the book and what it taught us. We were honored to have Kayla Worden, owner of Full Circle Farm Sanctuary, be in attendance at the meeting and speak about her history of activism. I don’t think any of us have the right to be frightened by bumps in the night now that we’ve heard about Kayla getting arrested in China. I mean, seriously…I was sweating profusely while listening to her stories and her absolute fearlessness while protesting. She is a force to be reckoned with, I assure you. Our friend Scout also shared her story of recent activism and brushes with the law. It was so powerful to hear from those that have been on the front lines in the Animal Rights Activism world.
Chef Billy cooked the entire time we gabbed about the book. Billy is not a vegan but cooks vegan at home with Daniel, and we reaped the benefits on Saturday night. He made:
Can you tell that it was indeed a magical night? We had amazing conversations, we ate delicious food, we laughed into the night and made plans for our next book and meeting. I am thankful for these amazing people and their love of food, because now I feel less alone in the world!