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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Author Breaks Down Our Love of Fake Sweeteners in Omnivore Talk

Posted By on Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 2:30 PM


Carolyn de la Peña and Empty Pleasures

Where: Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez (at Church), 282-4712

When: Thu., Jan. 13, 5:30-7 p.m.

Cost: Free

The rundown: Maybe January ― a month of denial, typically ― is the perfect time to steep yourself in a discussion of artificial sweeteners, a synthetic food category as ubiquitous as margarine in U.S. food history. American studies scholar and author Carolyn de la Peña wrote a book about our weird relationship with fake sugars, Empty Pleasures: The Story of Artificial Sweeteners from Saccharine to Splenda (University of North Carolina Press, $32.50). She'll walk the thin line between indulgence and denial at Omnivore.

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