Themed meals add flavor to the club.
Our Classical Literature Club enjoys sharing a meal when we get together for our book club. The practical reason we do this is to help us experience the world the author has created for us. Another reason is to get to know each other better.
Sharing a meal draws us closer to the author’s world.
Eating foods described in the book or typical foods eaten in country where the book is set draws us a little closer to the world the author has created. A full meal isn’t necessary to make connections to the book. You can have snacks, desserts, or bread and tea. There isn’t a perfect plan for sharing food around a book study. This frees us up to make the food connection fit our lifestyle, friends, and home. If we choose to have a full meal, it can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be. The foods can be premade from the grocery store, homemade delights, or a mixture of the two. The main idea is to create a menu that helps everyone experience the culture and setting the author has created for us. Here is a copy of a menu my club used for The Old Man in the Sea, by Ernest Hemmingway.
Sharing a meal draws us closer together.
It’s been my experience that those who eat together know each other better. Sounds corny I know but I always seem to know a person better after we share a meal. We have better conversations the next time we’re together. For a literature club to grow strong the members need to be connected. One of the academic goals of my literature club is to build critical thinking skills. In order to do this the kids need to participate in book discussions. The more accepting the environment, the easier it is to share. Eating together breaks down barriers and build relationships. This in turn helps us feel more willing to talk during the discussions. Eating together gives us an opportunity to create bonds that make our academic goals easier to obtain.
How does sharing a meal, a cup of tea or coffee affect your friendships?
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