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The Taste of Sweet with Joanne Chen / Culinary Historians of NY
Park Avenue United Methodist Church
New York, NY
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The Taste of Sweet with Joanne Chen / Culinary Historians of NY
Avoided by health fanatics and banned from the strictest of schools, sweets are among the most demonized of foods today. But this wasn't always so. Joanne Chen will take you on a journey through sweets' glorious past when sugar was considered more luxurious than any spice and more medically potent than the bitterest drug. She'll also explain why Americans love pie, why there are no "good" desserts in Chinese restaurants, and whether sweets are in fact fattening and addictive. Find out, too, whether you're a supertaster - and, if so, why your "much too sweet" is another's "not sweet enough."

Joanne Chen is a contributing editor at Marie Claire magazine, freelance journalist, and voracious eater of cakes and cookies. Her book "The Taste of Sweet: Our Complicated Love Affair with Our Favorite Treats" (Crown 2008) was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection last summer. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Vogue, the New York Times, Gourmet, O: The Oprah Magazine, and LIFE.

A range of delicious, sweet refreshments will be served, including Chinese Pastries, Mochi (Japanese rice-based sweet), Honey Cupcakes, Traditional Pound Cake... And a sparkling wine.

Park Avenue United Methodist Church
108 East 86th Street (between Park and Lexington)
New York, NY 10028

Time: 6:30 pm Check-In and Reception | 7:00 pm Lecture

Fee: $40 Non-Members and Guests | $25 CHNY/NYWCA/eGullet Members | $22 CHNY Student & Senior Members | $10 Culinary Students

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Save the Date(s):

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
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May 2009
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June 10, 2009
Krishnendu Ray on the History of Ethnic Restaurants in America (topic TBD)


Park Avenue United Methodist Church
108 East 86th Street
New York, NY 10028
United States



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


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