An Edible Christmas with Masters of Social Gastronomy (Online)

Taught by Sarah Lohman and Jonathan Soma

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Sarah Lohman is a culinary historian and the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine. She focuses on the history of American food as a way to access stories of women, immigrants, and people of color, and to address issues of racism, sexism, and xenophobia. Her work has been featured inTheWall Street Journal andThe New York Times, as well as onAll Things Considered; and she has presented across the country, from the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC to The Culinary Historians of Southern California. She is also 1/2 of the Masters of Social Gastronomy, a monthly food science and history talk at Caveat NYC, with Brainery co-founder Jonathan Soma. 



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Soma was born in the South, is what someone from the North would say. He co-founded the Brainery, is the sciencey half of Masters of Social Gastronomy, and plans on getting married to Waffle House. In his more droll moments he is a tragic sellout to higher ed as a professor of data journalism at Columbia University's journalism school.

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Sarah will cover a wilder side of Christmas history: Mumming! Part caroling, part trick-or-treating, mumming from callithumpian bands like the Boston Antics could get violent. She'll also reveal how much people love setting shit on fire around holidays, covering Snapdragon, Ale Flips, Spit Cakes and Feuerzangenbowle. These holidays are (sadly this website won't let me put the fire emoji here)!
Soma is taking a two-pronged approach this time, the classic marriage of corporate marketing and scientific investigation! He'll dig into how big business reshaped Christmas in its own eyes, from Coca-Cola's hijacking of America's Santa Claus and KFC's wholesale takeover of Japanese Christmas. He'll also be peeking under the hood to see what makes our favorite seasonal flavors tick, how putting peppermint in your cocoa and ginger in your ...breads? is a match made in heaven.

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