There will be BLOOD – and it will be tasty! – with Masters of Social Gastronomy (Online)

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Taught by Jonathan Soma and Sarah Lohman

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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 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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Each lecture, Masters of Social Gastronomy takes on a curious food topic and breaks down the history, science, and stories behind it. This month, Soma and Sarah will take you through a night of vampires and oddly edible delights with the (spooky) culinary history of BLOOD!

When animals were butchered at home, the parts that spoil fastest had to be used first. Enter: blood sausage. Sarah will share her own experiences with making blood sausage, as well as take you on a brief tour of beloved blood sausages around the world like haggis and morcilla. We'll explore some of the wilder historical recipes, including Yrchins (stomach in a blood sauce dressed up to look like a hedgehog) and mixed-organ stew. Finally, Sarah will cover the "duck press," a medieval torture device used in fine dining.

Soma was certain that vampires were more terrifying, but Sarah's description might have proven him wrong? But the show must go on! Leave Bram Stoker in the dust with a new favorite blood-sucker like Varney the Vampire, Count Orlok, or Carmilla (star of one-half of the "1870s LGBT novels" list on Wikipedia!). Featuring lessons on vampiric skin-care routines, how to run for office as a public-facing vampire, and probably more Twilight than any one person can handle.

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