Aug. 2020 - Butter: A Rich History, Book of the Month

August 2020 – Butter: A Rich History

AgBookClub’s August selection, Butter: A Rich History by Elaine Khosrova, “serves up a story as rich, textured, and culturally relevant as butter itself.”

“From its humble agrarian origins to its present-day artisanal glory, butter has a fascinating story to tell, and Khosrova is the perfect person to tell it. With tales about the ancient butter bogs of Ireland, the pleasure dairies of France, and the sacred butter sculptures of Tibet, Khosrova details butter’s role in history, politics, economics, nutrition, and even spirituality and art. Readers will also find the essential collection of core butter recipes, including beurre manié, croissants, pâte brisée, and the only buttercream frosting anyone will ever need, as well as practical how-tos for making various types of butter at home–or shopping for the best.”

Click here to order the book or download the Kindle version (sorry, no audio version this month). Order through our link and AgBookClub gets a little somethin’-somethin’ back from Amazon to help keep this website running. 🙂

Here’s what you need to do this month:

Get the book. Buy it, borrow it, download and listen to it, read it over your neighbor’s shoulder — we don’t care. But don’t steal the book. 😉

Read the book.

  • Week 1: Chapters 1 – 3 [pages 3 – 64] (Twitter chat on 8/5)
  • Week 2: Chapters 4 – 5 [pages 65 – 101] (Twitter chat on 8/12)
  • Week 3: Chapters 6 – 8 [pages 102 – 157] (Twitter chat on 8/19)
  • Week 4: Chapters 9 – 10 [pages 158 – 203] (Twitter chat on 8/26)
  • NOTE: We’re going to skip discussion on Part 2, which is a series of recipes.

Join the chat (#AgBookClub) on Wednesdays at 8:00pm Central on Twitter. Learn how to participate in a Twitter chat here. While we hope you can participate in our discussion every week, we know that everyone has busy schedules. We always include general questions following the topic(s) of the book that can be answered by anyone, so please don’t hesitate to jump in the Twitter chat if you didn’t have a chance to read the section we’re discussing. We welcome any and all to join the discussion!

Happy reading!

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