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The Taste of Sweet: Our Complicated Love Affair with Our Favorite Treats

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307409805
Subtitle:
Our Complicated Love Affair with Our Favorite Treats
Publisher:
Crown Publishers
Author:
Joanne Chen
Author:
Chen, Joanne
Subject:
Cooking : Essays
Subject:
Cooking : History
Subject:
Social Science : Popular Culture - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Food
Subject:
History
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Senses and sensation
Subject:
Food -- Sensory evaluation.
Subject:
Cooking and Food-General
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Historical Food and Cooking
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Anatomy and Physiology
Subject:
Science Reference-Technology
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080318
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
264

Related Subjects

Cooking and Food » General
Cooking and Food » Reference and Etiquette » Historical Food and Cooking
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Reference » Science Reference » General
Reference » Science Reference » Technology
Science and Mathematics » Popular Science » Essays

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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