Read It & Eat!

Indy’s thriving local dining scene earned Indianapolis a spot on Zagat’s hottest food cities list. Hoosiers love to eat! They also love to read, so the Indianapolis Public Library (IndyPL) combined food and books in a fun adult summer reading program.

The IndyPL chose twenty-eight culinary-related books and will host book discussions, food tastings, author appearances and other events all summer. In addition to book discussions at several IndyPL locations, local restaurants and establishments will host their own unique programs, such as food tastings, film showings, tours, and tips on recipes and native gardening practices.

These locations include Goose the Market, Metazoa Brewing Company, IndyHub, Eitlejorg Museum, Cat Head Press, Trader’s Point Creamery, Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company, Eskanazi’s Sky Farm, and Garfield Park Farmer’s Market.

For the complete “Read It & Eat” reading list and more information on free adult summer reading activities, visit While they all look delightful and delicious, I recommend these discussions led by current Butler MFA students and alums.

June 17, 10:00-11:30 am
Location: Nora Branch Library
8625 Guilford Avenue
Book Discussion with Andrea Boucher

Nora Branch will host a discussion for the book 100 Foot Journey: A Novel by Richard C. Morais


June 24, 10:00 am -12:00 pm
Location: Garfield Park Farmer’s Market
2505 Conservatory Drive
Book Discussion with Andrea Boucher and Healthy Eating Tips

Learn tips and recipes for eating healthy from Purdue Extension and discuss the book Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell


July 11, 6:00-7:30 pm
Location: Goose the Market
2503 N. Delaware Street
Book Discussion with Andrea Boucher and Charcuterie Tasting

Learn more about Goose the Market’s meat and cheese selections and discuss the book 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York City Tenement by Jane Ziegelman (Seating Limited, open to first 12 people) (21 +)

July 17, 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Metazoa Brewing Company  
140 S. College Avenue
Book Discussion with Lydia Johnson and Baking with Beer Tips. After discussing the book Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender, learn tips and tricks for baking with beer from Chef Elle Green (21 +)



July 31, 5:30-7:30 pm
Location: IndyHub
705 W. Walnut Street
Book Discussion with Lydia Johnson and Amelia’s Bread Tasting

Learn more about Amelia’s Bakery and taste samples of their various breads while discussing Little Beach Street Bakery: A Novel by Jenny Colgan


August 7, 6:30-8:00 pm
Location: Franklin Road Branch 
5550 South Franklin Raod
Book Discussion with Rachel Sahaidachny
Join the Franklin Road Book Group in discussing the book Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya Von Bremzen