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OEHA Book Club 

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Looking for a community to explore new ideas, expand your mind, learn more about Environmental Health, and read some extraordinary books? Consider joining OEHA's one-of-a-kind Book Club! We read a book a month and meet for lunch and informal discussion in small groups.

Curious about the books we might be reading?

Check out GoodReads' "Books for Environmental Health Specialists" List.

Want to visit Book Club? Contact us here.

Here are some of the books we've read recently:

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
by Anthony Bourdain

"A deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet of wild-but-true tales of life in the culinary trade from Chef Anthony Bourdain, laying out his more than a quarter-century of drugs, sex, and haute cuisine." (Review courtesy of Amazon)


The inspiration for the TV series by the same name: 

 Kitchen Confidential (TV Series 2005–2006) - IMDb

Most Delicious Poison: The Story of Nature's Toxins—From Spices to Vices by Noah Whiteman

An evolutionary biologist tells the story of nature’s toxins and why we are attracted—and addicted—to them, in this “magisterial, fascinating, and gripping tour de force” -Neil Shubin. (Review courtesy of Amazon)

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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat

"With charming narrative and a lighthearted approach to kitchen science, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat bridges the gap between home and professional kitchens and explains the use of the four elements: Salt, which enhances flavor; Fat, which delivers flavor and generates texture; Acid, which balances flavor; and Heat, which ultimately determines the texture of food." (Review adapted from Amazon)

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The inspiration for the Netflix series by the same name:

Watch Salt Fat Acid Heat | Netflix Official Site

Rajneeshpuram: Inside the Cult of Bhagwan and Its Failed American Utopia by Russell King

Rajneeshpuram explores how an extraordinary spiritual community in rural Oregon collapsed under the weight of audacious criminal conspiracies. (Review adapted from Amazon)


See also the Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country 

Watch Wild Wild Country | Netflix Official Site

Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie 

“Canadian environmentalists Smith and Lourie weave scientific data and recent political history into an amusing but unnerving narrative" - Publishers Weekly (Review courtesy of Amazon)

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Watch a summary of their experiment:

Slow Death By Rubber Duck ( 

The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century by Deborah Blum 

"From Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times best-selling author Deborah Blum, the dramatic true story of how food was made safe in the United States and the heroes, led by the inimitable Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, who fought for change." (Review courtesy of Amazon)

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The inspiration for PBS's American Experience film The Poison Squad.

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