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By Selma Miram and Noel Furie.
Bridgeport, CT, Alder & Frankia, 2020
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 5.25 in X 8 in
Cover: Paper
Binding: perfectbound
Process: Offset
Color: One color offset
Edition size: 1000
ISBN: 978-1-7346315-0-0

Characteristically beautiful design and publishing work from Emily Larned, whose projects we have admired for some time now. The kind of project we love that explores something from the past to find better ways of living in the present! From the publisher:

A new trade edition of the award-winning book documenting 40 years of Bloodroot, the legendary feminist vegetarian restaurant and bookstore in Bridgeport, CT. Comprising personal-political essays by founders Selma Miriam and Noel Furie and photographs by Noel, this book is for you if you’re interested in:

second wave feminism, radical lesbian feminism, vegetarianism, work collectives, fiber arts, the 1970s, seasonal eating, female-centered spirituality, autobiography, growing food, the 1980s, independent bookstores, worker-owned restaurants, veganism, feminist businesses, the 1990s, global cooking, feminist theory, utopian movements, personal-political essays, the 2000s, debunking health fads, radical suburbia, mother & daughter relationships, photographs by women of women, the 2010s. The footnotes on nearly every page comprise a suggested reading list for many (if perhaps not all) of these topics.

This book may also be of interest if you like: books made from archives; books designed with contemporary typefaces, books printed entirely in the color burgundy, books originally edited, designed, printed, and hand-bound by the artist-publisher; Bridgeport books; Connecticut books; books with pictures of cats in them; books that have won fancy design awards.

Contents include:

  • Introduction
  • Bloodroot Chronology
  • Building Bloodroot (photo essay)
  • Bloodroot: Brewing Visions
  • Introduction to the Political Palate
  • Some Notes on the Passage of the Seasons
  • Feminism in the Eighties
  • Ethical Vegetarianism
  • On Collectivity & Work
  • A Witch Recipe for Grievers
  • Part-time Bloodroot (photo essay)
  • On Persistence & Feminism
  • Her Life & Mine
  • A Consideration of the Domestic Arts


Plus over 70 of Noel Furie’s original photographs of Bloodroot and friends, including feminist luminaries Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Mary Daly, Billie Potts.

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