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Catch a peek Thursday night of new book "Tasting and Touring Michigan's Homegrown Food: A Culinary Road Trip"

Join us Thursday evening as two local women, writer Jaye Beeler and photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick, present a free sneak peek at their new book "Tasting and Touring Michigan's Homegrown Food: A Culinary Road Trip" at the Women's City Club
Published by Arbutus Press, the book is expected to be released May 1

Published by Arbutus Press, the book is expected to be released May 1

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Embracing the "eat locally grown fresh food" movement

Work on the book began a year ago when the two embarked on a 2,000 mile journey across the state to explore Michigan's wonderful agricultural delights.

Local writer Jaye Beeler

Local writer Jaye Beeler

Local award-winning photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick

Local award-winning photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick

Two local women have tapped into the surging interest in eating fresh foods grown locally with a new book called "Tasting and Touring Michigan's Homegrown Food: A Culinary Road Trip."

Author Jaye Beeler and photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick will present a peek of their chronicle at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 at the Women's City Club, 254 E. Fulton Street.  The event wraps up of a series of programs sponsored by the Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council in celebration of Women's History Month. The program is free and open to the public. Arrive a bit early -- around 5 p.m. -- to enjoy a wine ticket bar ($5/glass) and hors d'oeuvres.

Work began on this book about a year ago when seasoned journalist Beeler, a former food editor of The Grand Rapids Press, and Carroll Burdick award-winning photographer started a 2,000 mile journey to explore Michigan's abundant food supply. In the past decade, growth in agriculture has surged, now earmarking it as the state's second-largest industry.

Their trip took them to orchards, dairies, bakeries, barns, farm fields, bogs and inner city garden plots.  Along the way they meet dozens of enterprising women farmers and producers of our state's homespun food.

The $29.95 book published by Arbutus Press near Traverse City is expected to be released May 1, according to the book's website http://

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