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Food for Thought: Seeds of a Revolution (May 12)

The last book in our discussion series is Louis Bromfield and the Seeds of a Food Revolution by Stephen Heyman. Haven't read the book yet? No worries.

We meet at 5:00 at the Michael Kusalaba Library, 2815 Mahoning Ave.

This book is available at the Michael Kusalaba Library and at the YSU Barnes & Noble.

"Louis Bromfield was a World War I ambulance driver, a Paris expat, and a Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist as famous in the 1920s as Hemingway or Fitzgerald. But he cashed in his literary success to finance a wild agrarian dream in his native Ohio. The ideas he planted at his utopian experimental farm, Malabar, would inspire America’s first generation of organic farmers and popularize the tenets of environmentalism years before Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.

A lanky Midwestern farm boy dressed up like a Left Bank bohemian, Bromfield stood out in literary Paris for his lavish hospitality and his green thumb. He built a magnificent garden outside the city where he entertained aristocrats, movie stars, flower breeders, and writers of all stripes. Gertrude Stein enjoyed his food, Edith Wharton admired his roses, Ernest Hemingway boiled with jealousy over his critical acclaim. Millions savored his novels, which were turned into Broadway plays and Hollywood blockbusters, yet Bromfield’s greatest passion was the soil."

We will start a new series of books in September, centered around the theme of literary prizes.



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