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History Book Group: “Empires of Food: Feast, Famine, and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations”

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting five book discussions in February. The groups are open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested should call the library at 382-3717 to learn more or to reserve a book. Zoom links are available on the Library’s website or you can email ktorresdal@decorahlibrary.org to be added to any of the groups’ email distribution lists. Funds for multiple copy sets were generously provided by Friends of Decorah Public Library.

The History Book Group will meet on the 2nd floor of the library Thurs. Feb. 15 at 3:00 p.m. to discuss Evan D.G. Fraser’s “Empires of Food: Feast, Famine, and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations.” Using the colorful diaries of a sixteenth-century merchant as a narrative guide, Empires of Food chronicles the fate of people and societies for the past twelve thousand years through the foods they grew, hunted, traded, and ate—and gives us insights into what to expect in years to come. Agricultural expert Evan D. G. Fraser and journalist Andrew Rimas tell stories that capture the flavor of places as disparate as ancient Mesopotamia and imperial Britain, taking us from the first city in the once-thriving Fertile Crescent to today’s overworked breadbaskets and rice bowls in the United States and China, showing just what food has meant to humanity

For more information, contact Tricia Crary (Friday Book Group) or Kristin Torresdal (Happy Hour, History, and Speculative Fiction Book Groups) at 563-382-3717.

  • Event Attendance Mode: Physical Event


Feb 15 2024


3:00 pm


Decorah Public Library Mezzanine
Second Floor


Kristin Torresdal
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