Theodore Roosevelt, Upton Sinclair, and the Poison Squad: The Great 20th Century Food Battle

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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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Among Theodore Roosevelt’s many accomplishments is the creation of modern food policy, including laying out the groundwork for the FDA. In this talk, historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman will paint the scene of the sometimes horrific food world at the turn of the 20th century and tell the stories behind the somewhat eccentric advocates for change.

You’ll learn about how “Sanitary” became a buzzword akin to “organic;” why a group of scientists ate borax for breakfast, and what happens when you put a famous writer and an imposing president in a room together.

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