Chow Down On Our Book Club Pick—Before It’s Extinct

This April and May, The SciFri Book Club team is cooking up all kinds of festivities to celebrate this spring’s Book Club pick, ‘Lost Feast.’

a book cover reads "Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food" by Lenore Newman, with an image of a passenger pigeon laying as if on the book cover with a large x behind it, taking up the entire cover

Mark your calendars, because the Spring 2021 season of the SciFri Book Club kicks off on April 16, 2021. We have sorts of events on the menu—dig in!


Hosting A Lost Feast: How To Protect Flavors And Food Traditions With Author Lenore Newman

  • When: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s Zoom webinar
  • Tickets: Free with RSVP

Join us for a SciFri Zoom Call-in, where attendees can join Science Friday producers to hear the interview before it is broadcast on our radio show, as well as chat with fellow listeners, ask questions to our guests via chat, and could be selected to ask their question live. 

This time, for the SciFri Book Club, we’re welcoming Lenore Newman, author of this season’s pick, Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food. We’ll talk biodiversity, flavor, and how our own choices have impacted both. Bring your burning cultivar and cuisine questions with a side of science!

RSVP for April 20


SciFri Book Club Meeting: The Rise Of Extinction And Fall Of Megafauna

  • When: Monday, April 26, 2021 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s Zoom meeting
  • Tickets: Free with RSVP

We invite all members of the SciFri Book Club community to come together every other week for a Zoom meeting, where you can meet other readers from across the world, talk about the book and the most recent discussion questions, and find out more resources for further reading—all without leaving your home.

This discussion meeting will focus on Section 1 of Lost Feast—you’re welcome to join us if you haven’t completed these chapters, but know there will be mention of specific topics and ideas in the reading.

RSVP for April 26


The Future Of Food: Science, Culinary History And More From ‘Lost Feast’

  • When: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s Zoom webinar
  • Tickets: Free with RSVP

Join us for a SciFri Zoom Call-in, where attendees can join Science Friday producers to hear the interview before it is broadcast on our radio show, as well as chat with fellow listeners, ask questions to our guests via chat, and could be selected to ask their question live. 

This time, for the SciFri Book Club, we’re inviting scientists to tell more stories about lost or threatened foods and how we can save what’s left.

RSVP for May 4


SciFri Book Club Meeting: Cultivars, Cows And Culinary Conservation

  • When: Monday, May 10, 2021 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s Zoom meeting
  • Tickets: Free with RSVP

We invite all members of the SciFri Book Club community to come together every other week for a Zoom meeting, where you can meet other readers from across the world, talk about the book and the most recent discussion questions, and find out more resources for further reading—all without leaving your home.

This discussion meeting will focus on Sections 2 and 3 of Lost Feast—you’re welcome to join us if you haven’t completed these chapters, but know there will be mention of specific topics and ideas in the reading.

RSVP for May 10


SciFri Trivia Night: Book Club Edition

  • When: Wednesday, May 19, 2020 at 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s YouTube livestream
  • Tickets: Free with RSVP

SciFri Trivia is a weekly gathering that’s part science-y facts, part dance party, and part pop culture romp, and it’s for anyone looking to bring together teams (or bravely play solo) to win ultimate bragging rights. It’s not all science trivia—but this time, we’ve diving into the topics and ideas explored in this Spring’s Book Club pick, Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food.

If you haven’t read the book, you might be at a slight disadvantage to our Book Clubbers but  we still think you should come (and we do suggest you should pick it up from your local library or bookstore)! The trivia will cover topics including but not limited to: pollinators like bees, megafauna like mastodons, island ecosystems, sandy pears, and lots more.

RSVP for May 19


SciFri Book Club Meeting: Protecting Pollinators And The (Possible) Future Of Food

  • When: Monday, May 24, 2021 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s Zoom meeting
  • Tickets: Free with RSVP

We invite all members of the SciFri Book Club community to come together every other week for a Zoom meeting, where you can meet other readers from across the world, talk about the book and the most recent discussion questions, and find out more resources for further reading—all without leaving your home.

This discussion meeting will focus on Section 4 of Lost Feast—you’re welcome to join us if you haven’t completed these chapters, but know there will be mention of specific topics and ideas in the reading.

RSVP for May 24

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Diana Montano is the Outreach Manager at Science Friday, where she crafts live events to delight and engage audiences in the world of science.

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