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The Taste of Sweet: Our Complicated Love Affair with Our Favorite Treatsby Joanne Chen
Synopses & Reviews
Why do we love the sweets we love? Joanne Chen counts the ways in a book that, like its subject, quickly becomes an addiction.
-Robert Sullivan, author of Rats and Cross Country
The Taste of Sweet is a treatise on the enjoyment of eating, as viewed through the lens of the taste everyone likes best. Joanne Chen's eminently readable history, sociology and science of sweetness are backed up not only by research, but by accounts of her personal gastronomical adventures and face-to-face conversations with leading scientists in the field. The science and pleasures of taste have probably never been explained so clearly and delightfully.
-Robert L. Wolke, Professor emeritus of chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, and author of What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained
This fascinating and engagingly written book explains the love and addiction for sweets that so many of us have. And it shows us how to have our cake and eat it too
-Wayne Harley Brachman, author of See Dad Cook and Retro Desserts
Joanne Chen offers a fresh and fascinating perspective on the pastry revolution. The Taste of Sweet is an insightful and witty read for anyone with a sweet tooth.
-François Payard, pastry chef/owner, Payard
Joanne Chen's odyssey through the personal, cultural, and public health implications of America's ‘favorite food group’ pushes the discussion of sweets far past pretty pastries. This is a delicious book, as serious as dark chocolate and just as satisfying.
-Molly O'Neill, editor of American Food Writing
From the Hardcover edition.
A popular scientific look at the human love affair with sweets examines our complicated, often conflicted relationship with sweet foods from a historical, socieconomic, technological, and cultural perspective, covering everything from sensory scientists who study taste buds, to the sweets that were popular in imperial China, to new sweeteners being created in labs. 30,000 first printing.
A scientific look at the human love affair with sweets examines our complicated, often conflicted relationship with sweet foods from a historical, socieconomic, technological, and cultural perspective.
About the Author
JOANNE CHEN is an editor and writer in New York City. Her work has appeared in Fortune Small Business, Life, Vogue, Health, Food & Wine, and the New York Times. Visit her website at www.thetasteofsweet.com.
Table of Contents
Sweet enough for you? — The myth of the refined palate — The real taste of strawberry — Always room for dessert — Sweet tooths anonymous — Does sweet make you fat? — Let them eat cake — Guilty pleasures — A more perfect sweetener — And good for you.
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