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Inventing Baby Food: Taste, Health, and the Industrialization of the American Diet with Amy Bentley
The Brooklyn Kitchen
Brooklyn, NY
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"Inventing Baby Food: Taste, Health, and the Industrialization of the American Diet "
with Amy Bentley

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Is it true that breast is best? Did the development of commercial baby food in mid-twentieth century America provide safe and healthy food, freeing mothers to work outside the home, or did it cause the decline of breastfeeding and set the stage for an epidemic of childhood obesity?

No topic is more fraught than what we feed our babies. A complex social activity as well as a question of nutrition, feeding babies is an expression of American notions about science, health, child-rearing practices and tradition. Amy Bentley will discuss the ways in which commercial baby food shaped the evolution of parental and pediatric care in the mid-twentieth century and the role of such food in helping to establish adult preferences for much of today's highly processed, calorie dense, and minimally nutritious foods.

A reception with martinis and a 50's-style cocktail party menu will precede the talk.

All attendees are invited to shop at The Brooklyn Kitchen before the program with the benefit of 10% off their wide selection of kitchen wares, books, and more!

Amy Bentley, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, where she studies the social, historical, and cultural contexts of food. Her publications include Inventing Baby Food: Taste, Health, and the Industrialization of the American Diet (University of California Press, 2014) and Eating for Victory: Food Rationing and the Politics of Domesticity (University of Illinois, 1998). She is Editor of Food, Culture, and Society: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research.

The Brooklyn Kitchen
100 Frost Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
There's plenty of free public parking under the BQE across the street, and the store is just 4 blocks from the subway (L to Lorimer or G to Metropolitan).

6:30 pm Check-in and reception | 7:00 pm Lecture

$10 for all attendees, including cocktail reception & store discount. Walk-ins welcome.

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The Brooklyn Kitchen
100 Frost Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
United States


Education > Workshops

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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