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What's For Dinner? A Food Primer

Summer 4-Week 1 / $85
Thursdays July 13 - August 3 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marlene Katz
What could be more important than a little something to eat?" (Winnie the Pooh) We eat in order to live and sometimes we live in order to eat. In this short course, we will take an overview of food in our modern times in America. We will start with how food is produced in America and how it is changed from a set of basic commodities into a frozen meal that can be zapped in the microwave in minutes. Then we will look at the consequences of food abundance in this country and learn about how food scientists, both nutritionists and psychologists, have shaped our habits and appetites. We will look at how food has been linked to health and disease and then look at how modern industrial farming is having an impact on our environment. (The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan, Penguin, 2007) [R, L, D, V]

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