Romance and Revenge: A History of Aphrodisiacs and Poisons
Free Fridays at Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Friday, February 10th, 2017. 8pm – 9pm.
Sarah and Soma, a.k.a. the Masters of Social Gastronomy, take on curious food topics and break down the history, science, and stories behind them. Every culture has a long history of aphrodisiacs – love-inducing and libido-promoting foods, ranging from the commonplace to the esoteric. Is chocolate the rightful king of Valentine’s Day, or could we do better with a tiger’s unmentionables? Let’s trace the history of these foxy foods and see what science has to say about their amorous assertions. First comes loves, then comes marriage, then comes a little bit of rat poison in their coffee cup. When love goes wrong, out comes the Victorian obsession with female poisoners: delicate and seductive, these ladies made headlines in the age of yellow journalism for offing their lovers with poisoned food. Come hear their stories and…hey, does this taste like almonds to you?
Author @ the Library: Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, with Sarah Lohman
New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan location, 455 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, 10016
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
FREE, first-come, first-served
This illustrated lecture offers a fascinating look at our past and uses long-forgotten recipes to explain how eight flavors changed how Americans eat.
SARAH LOHMAN, Author–Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine
Fanwood Memorial Library, 5 Forest Rd, Fanwood, NJ 07023
Sunday, February 26, 2pm
Sarah Lohman, author of EIGHT FLAVORS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN CUISINE will be at the library for this very special presentation. She will be reading from and talking about her latest book; a unique culinary history of America offering a fascinating look at our past and uses long-forgotten recipes to explain how eight flavors changed how we eat.
MSG: Friend or Foe? at the Institute of Culinary Education
Institute of Culinary Education, 225 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10286
Monday, February 27, 6:30-8:30pm
$15 ticket includes 2 drinks and a snack. 21+ only. Purchase tickets here.
Join us for a special evening of talks looking at that mysterious and much-maligned seasoning: monosodium glutamate, also known as MSG. Sarah will trace the long history of MSG in traditional Japanese food, as well as the story of Dr. Kikunae Ikeda, the scientist who discovered it. She’ll unveil how MSG ended up on American shores–and why Americans eventually grew to fear it. Soma will take on modern-day interpretations of MSG, from its role in “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome” to its many relatives hiding in everyday foods. Science fact will be separated from science fiction as myths are deflated and truths laid bare. Between Sarah and Soma’s talks, we will have a special culinary demonstration by ICE Chef-Instructor, Maria Tampakis.
Global Flavors: How Curry, Soy Sauce and Sriracha Became American
Museum of Food and Drink Lab, 62 Bayard Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Thursday, March 9th, 2017. Doors: 6pm, Event: 6:30pm
$10 General Admission and MOFAD Members, $5 Students. Purchase tickets here.
Historic gastronomist and author of Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, Sarah Lohman explores the global flavors that make up American cuisine. Join us to learn how soy sauce, curry, and Sriracha became part of everyday dining. How have these three distinct flavors come to represent Asian food in the US? And what do they reveal about how we define “ethnic” cuisine? Book sales and signing to follow.