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Upper East Side: Learn About America’s Sweet Tooth

If current obesity rates are any indication, sugar is embedded in our national DNA. For an in-depth look at the history of sugar in American culture and society, check out this talk by Francine Segan on her new culinary history, America’s Sweet Tooth.

The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden will present “America’s Sweet Tooth,” a lecture by author and food historian (and Culinary Historians of NY member) Francine Segan on Tuesday, November 18th, at 6:30 PM.

“America’s Sweet Tooth” is whirlwind tour of the history of sweets in America, complete with samplings of historic sweets and dessert wines (provided by Admiral Imports). Segan also explores the tradition of passing down recipes; the history of cooking instructions as matriarchal gifts; the effects of sugar rationing on food preparation and more. An accompanying pamphlet written by CUNY-Kingsborough English professor Dr. Jane Weiss describes the use of cookbooks and recipes as early forms of mass media in the 19th century.

Tickets are $15 for Museum members and $18 for non-members Reservations are required and can be made at 212.838.6878.

The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden is located at 421 East 61st Street between York and First Avenues. Nearest subway: N, W, R, 4, 5, 6 at the 59th Street/Lexington station.

Related posts:

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  2. Food Book: America’s Kitchens
  3. Upper West Side: Doorman Aids the Tooth Fairy with Delivery of Candy, Money

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