Candy: From Early History to Halloween

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Taught by Sarah Lohman

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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Isn't it weird that one day a year it's appropriate to threaten people into giving you candy? Where did the Halloween tradition come from? And actually, how did we come up with candy in the first place? 

In this class, we'll cover a brief world history of candy, from the botanic roots of sugar cane, to the first processed confections from the Middle East, to the magical candy medicines of medieval Europe. Then, we'll sort out the origins of Halloween, along with modern myths like the "razor blade in the apple." 

And, what would a talk on candy be without lots and lots of CANDY: historic candy samples will abound to help you learn.

(class size: 30, lecture, discussion, and samples) 

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