News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 16, 2012

‘Food For Thought’ book tour to make stop at Clabber Girl

Book features 80 Hoosiers; signing, cooking demo planned

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — More than 80 Hoosiers, including Clabber Girl president and chief operating officer Gary Morris, are featured in a book called “Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest,” commissioned by Indiana Humanities.

Featuring first-person narratives and rich photography, the coffee table book captures and shares stories from Hoosiers about the food renaissance taking place across the state.

To celebrate the release of the book, Clabber Girl is hosting a book signing and cooking demonstration at 10 a.m. on Aug. 25.

Morris, along with the book’s author, David Hoppe, and photographer, Kristen Hess, will be on hand to discuss food trends, the Clabber Girl story and Indiana’s food history.

“Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest” features a broad spectrum of Hoosiers statewide, and is a legacy of the two-year award-winning program called Food for Thought, in which Indiana Humanities encouraged Hoosiers to think, read and talk about food and its role in their lives.

The book went on sale Aug. 1, and the Terre Haute event marks the first in a two-month, statewide tour.

“Through our Food for Thought program, we met an amazing group of people involved in Indiana food — from Clabber Girl’s Gary Morris to pork farmer Heather Hill to Bloomington’s Chef Daniel Orr,” said Keira Amstutz, president and chief executive officer of Indiana Humanities.

“We wanted to share their stories about making a living through food, how the creative, entrepreneurial passion drives people to take risks and introduce food-based innovations, and how Hoosiers’ efforts are working to solve food-based challenges across the street and around the globe. These are the stories we will be telling about through our book, and through the book tour.”

The book was published by IBJ Publishing and printed by an Indiana company. The $24.95 book is available in the Clabber Girl Bakeshop, online (, through local bookstores and at events such as the Clabber Girl celebration.

All proceeds from this book will go toward funding programs for the people of Indiana through humanities events, programs, resources and grants.

The Food for Thought program

• In early 2010 Indiana Humanities, the state’s humanities council, joined Indiana’s Family of Farmers to serve up Food for Thought, a celebration and examination of food and the role it plays in our culture. For two years, they invited people from across Indiana to mull over what’s on their plates, how it got there and what it means. At the same time, they challenged Hoosiers to consider food’s significance in their communities, nation and world and to confront the serious issues surrounding food — issues such as hunger, nutrition, and food production and security.

• Components of Food for Thought included a traveling exhibit that crisscrossed the state, an agriculture essay contest for students, a high-profile event with chefs and authors Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert, a robust partnership program and more.

• Why food? Because while food serves as a common denominator among all people, eating habits and passions reveal the differences among individuals and groups. Food sustains, unites, inspires, defines, nurtures and comforts us.

Who & What to Know

David Hoppe:

The book’s author, Hoppe is an award-winning journalist, cultural critic and playwright. He writes a regular column and is a contributing editor for NUVO, the alternative weekly in Indianapolis.

Kristin Hess:

The book’s photographer, Hess is an award-winning photographer, graphic designer and program coordinator for Indiana Humanities. She was ambassador of the Food for Thought program, which won the 2011 Schwartz Prize for top public humanities program in the nation.

Indiana Humanities:

Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk.