january, 2023

fri13jan11:00 AM12:15 PMSt. Johns Reads: Book Lovers Book Club - "Buttermilk Graffiti" by Chef Edward Lee (In-Person Event)11:00 AM - 12:15 PM Ponte Vedra Beach Branch

Event Details

The Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library’s Book Lovers Book Club is hosted each month by our Adult Services Library Staff – Anne or Trinh – and offers two opportunities a month for patrons to gather and discuss our Book Club’s monthly selection! You can attend in person at our library on Friday morning at 11 am or via Zoom from anywhere with internet access on Wednesday evening at 6 pm. New members are always welcome! You do not need to be a member of the library or a resident of our county to participate. If you want to join us for our monthly Zoom meeting, please RSVP online at www.sjcpls.org to receive your Zoom link the day before the Zoom meeting. You will need a Zoom account to participate in the Zoom meeting, and you can get a free one at www.zoom.us. Please call our library at (904) 827-6950 if you need any assistance with your online RSVP.

Come celebrate St. Johns Reads 2023 with us by discussing our 2023 selection, Buttermilk Graffiti, by author and chef Edward Lee! Print copies, while they last, are available at the Adult Reference Desk at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library for checkout with your SJCPLS library card. This title is also available for checkout in physical formats via our SJCPLS online catalog or in downloadable formats via Overdrive with your SJCPLS library card. We can’t wait to discuss this book with you!

You can also meet our St. Johns Reads 2023 Buttermilk Graffiti author in person on Saturday, January 14 at 2 pm! Please mark your calendars for SJCPLS’s special St. Johns Reads 2023 event featuring author and chef Edward Lee! Everyone is welcome. For details including the location for this event, please visit this link:  St. Johns Reads 2023. This special event is free and no registration is required. Join us!

Buttermilk Graffiti Book Synopsis:  “American food is the story of mash-ups. Immigrants arrive, cultures collide, and out of the push-pull come exciting new dishes and flavors. But for Edward Lee, who, like Anthony Bourdain or Gabrielle Hamilton, is as much a writer as he is a chef, that first surprising bite is just the beginning. What about the people behind the food? What about the traditions, the innovations, the memories? A natural-born storyteller, Lee decided to hit the road and spent two years uncovering fascinating narratives from every corner of the country. There’s a Cambodian couple in Lowell, Massachusetts, and their efforts to re-create the flavors of their lost country. A Uyghur café in New York’s Brighton Beach serves a noodle soup that seems so very familiar and yet so very exotic—one unexpected ingredient opens a window onto an entirely unique culture. A beignet from Café du Monde in New Orleans, as potent as Proust’s madeleine, inspires a narrative that tunnels through time, back to the first Creole cooks, then forward to a Korean rice-flour hoedduck and a beignet dusted with matcha. Sixteen adventures, sixteen vibrant new chapters in the great evolving story of American cuisine. And forty recipes, created by Lee, that bring these new dishes into our own kitchens.” (taken from Amazon)

Thank you to the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library for sponsoring our branch library’s Book Lovers Book Club!


(Friday) 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM


Ponte Vedra Beach Branch