It’s time for another Three Question Thursday with one of our fantastic clients. Here to introduce the illustrious Megan Kimble is her agent, Mackenzie Brady:
It’s not an exaggeration to say that working with Megan Kimble, author of the upcoming UNPROCESSED: My Busy, Broke, City-dwelling Year of Reclaiming Food (William Morrow, 2015), has changed my life. I was raised in a no-sugar, no-junk-food, all-organic-before-that-was-a-thing household. Needless to say, I eventually fell WAY off the wagon when I discovered ice cream as a teenager. Megan helped bring me back. She reminded me, in her perfectly charming and intelligent way, that eating food - real, natural sustenance - is paramount to a person’s health and also to the health of our communities and food system as a whole. She’s been an inspiration to me and I’m sure to many others. On that note, take it away Megan!
Tell Us a Fact About What You’re Working on Now
What I’m working on now is wine. Really. I’m editing Unprocessed and updating a chapter about the process of alcohol. Did you know the word fermentation comes from the Latin, fervere, which means to boil? So when fermenting—when making mead or brewing beer—look for bubbles.
What’s Something People Might Be Surprised to Learn About You?
I love puns. In a big way.
What’s One Of Your Favorite Books (and Why)?
This month, in nonfiction, it’s Dan Barber’s The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food. I’d seen both of his TED talks before I read the book, and the feel of reading it was similar—it was like he was there in the room with me, talking away. His voice got stuck in my head. There were a few moments when I was researching Unprocessed that I felt like everything in our food system was broken and there was nothing we could do about it. That, of course, is so not true, and Barber’s book reminded me that there’s still so much to be excited about—so many stories that are still unfolding.
Can I have a fiction book, too? Thanks. It’s Donna Tart’s The Goldfinch, which absolutely consumed my life this summer—I dreamed about it, emailed about it, and missed it when it was gone.
What has been your favorite place you’ve ever visited?
Before I went to graduate school, I lived in Recife, Brazil for two months. I went there with the sole purpose of learning how to speak Portuguese—my bucket-list language. I did Rosetta Stone Portuguese before I left and arrived knowing how to say, “The woman is eating rice” and, “The apple is red.” So, right. Tricky arrival. But then I found roommates and a little room in a little apartment; then I found a five-day a week Portuguese class located three blocks from the beach. Recife itself is a sprawling, crowded city, but that little classroom is still one of my favorite places in the world—the Atlantic ocean blocks away, blue peeking through skyscrapers, and me reveling in the delight of Portuguese—its bursts of excitement, the tes and des pronounced “tche” and “dgee” (ci-dad-dgee) the long o in ótimo (tá oootimo!), the infernal plural “çoes” that I never learned how to pronounce. Learning for learning’s sake.