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  • Gluttony: Deconstructing Dinner

    Thursday, May 23, 2013 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    The New York Academy of Sciences

    Presented by Science & the City and The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science

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    Remember the old adage "you are what you eat?" It may have once held sway, but how do we get at "what we eat" in a world where picking an apple off a tree is less likely than gorging on a handful (or two) of apple-flavored jelly beans? At this event we'll explore the origins of the ingredients in some your favorite guilty pleasures, specifically the ones filled with processed ingredients. You'll find out just where those ingredients come from and how they made their way into your diet.

    In 2008, Steve Ettlinger took apart a particularly iconic treat in his book "Twinkie, Deconstructed," tracing the origins of its ingredients back to unexpected places, like the gypsum mines of Oklahoma. In his forthcoming book with photographer Dwight Eschliman, Foodstuff, 75 of the most common food ingredients are examined in detail—for better or for worse. Ettlinger and Eschliman will share some of their findings, raising important questions about whether or not the fact that something is edible means that we should be eating it.

    The event will be moderated by Dan Pashman, the creator and host of the James Beard Award-nominated podcast and blog The Sporkful, and will also feature J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, the Chief Creative Officer of the Serious Eats family of websites, the largest independent food blog in the world.

    Reception to follow.


    Registration Pricing

    Member $15
    Nonmember Student $20
    Nonmember $25



    This event is part of the Science and the Seven Deadly Sins Series

    In this series we're looking at some of the ways the Seven Deadly Sins show up in the sciences. To do that, we're bringing together top scientists, authors, chefs, urban planners, and many others to help us explore our base nature. Each event will feature indulgent receptions afterwards, as well as opportunities for you to interact with the speakers and one another. Join us for this vice-ridden round of events!

    Wrath Goes Viral, Oct 17, 2012
    Pride: Flying Cars and other Broken Promises, Nov 28, 2012
    Greed: Willing to Do Anything, Dec 11, 2012
    Lust and Love in the Animal Kingdom, Feb 12, 2013
    Sloth: Is Your City Making You Fat?, Mar 13, 2013
    Envy: The Cutthroat Side of Science, Apr 30, 2013
    Gluttony: Deconstructing Dinner, May 23, 2013

    Learn more about the series here.