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Not As Sweet As Can BeI bought this book hoping it would be another madcap adventure in the land of plentiful sweets, but was disappointed to find investigative reporting applied to sweet stuff Though the book is definitely uber researched and well written, I kept waiting for author Chen to bust out a chapter on her favorite sweets Instead, she teases the reader with tiny personal insights, then dives headlong into the complications of the chemistry of sweet Fascinating, if a bit dry at times Not As Sweet As Can BeI bought this book hoping it would be another madcap adventure in the land of plentiful sweets, but was disappointed to find investigative reporting applied to sweet stuff Though the book is definitely uber researched and well written, I kept waiting for author Chen to bust out a chapter on her favorite sweets Instead, she teases the reader with tiny personal insights, then dives headlong into the complications of the chemistry of sweet Fascinating, if a bit dry at times Place this book on your whole grain cookie shelf good for you, but not sinfully delicious Just finished Joanne Chen s The Taste of Sweet Our Complicated Love Affair with our Favorite Treats I m a huge anthropology of food fan thanks to a prof at good ol MHC so I ll never hesitate to pick up a book like this.While others may befascinated in the biological background behind sweet or the chemical composition of sugar substitutes, I wasinterested in Chen s discussion of the way sweetness and taste are constructed based on a variety of factors.She also included a good deal Just finished Joanne Chen s The Taste of Sweet Our Complicated Love Affair with our Favorite Treats I m a huge anthropology of food fan thanks to a prof at good ol MHC so I ll never hesitate to pick up a book like this.While others may befascinated in the biological background behind sweet or the chemical composition of sugar substitutes, I wasinterested in Chen s discussion of the way sweetness and taste are constructed based on a variety of factors.She also included a good deal of the usual, and by that I mean the talk about how economic status determines a lot of what you eat and what kind of food is available to you Chen also brought in discussions of why Americans are so terrified of sweet or food in general while other cultures like the French and Japanese find ways to embrace food while living healthier than thecautious US As someone intrigued by all of this and who reads a lot on the topic, I found Chen s writing of it to be a bit basic She didn t give me anythan I had read before But all in all, she gave a well rounded picture of sweetness and I would recommend taking this all in with some chocolate covered pretzels which is exactly what I did It s about sweets, sugar, eating, and food What s not to like Interesting, but not so much Chen s personal love affair with sweets is meh, otherwise fun that she pokes into many of the corners of curiosity She causes me to wonder whether I ve lost a childhood delight in sweet or whether I never had it. Some of it was boring to get through but I m glad I read this The biggest thing I learned is that everyone has different numbers kinds of tastebuds they are in different locations This affects how you determine taste, levels of sweetness bitterness, reactions or non reactions to it A PROP test can determine if you are a taster , non taster , medium, or super taster People who react badly to vegetables my have 100 to 1000 times a greater sensitivity to bitterness than you.Food can be Some of it was boring to get through but I m glad I read this The biggest thing I learned is that everyone has different numbers kinds of tastebuds they are in different locations This affects how you determine taste, levels of sweetness bitterness, reactions or non reactions to it A PROP test can determine if you are a taster , non taster , medium, or super taster People who react badly to vegetables my have 100 to 1000 times a greater sensitivity to bitterness than you.Food can be sexist We perform eating identities Cakes confections are associated with females meat liquors are associated with males For a man, it s not so much the eating of steak that defines his masculinity power, but how much he s willing to spend on it For a woman, it is not so much the cake that enhances her feminine status but her ability to resist it the maintenance of her figure in spite of it Fact interesting info in here I recommend it This book is popular science, written by a frequent contributor to mainstream women s magazines It does a decent job of simplifying biology, chemistry, anthropology and other disciplines as related to sweets I wish the author had left herself and her personal anecdotes out of it a bit.As for the science stuff, some of it was really interesting I liked the section on super tasters, non tasters, etc and the related studies that have been done on them Like, what birth order has to do wi This book is popular science, written by a frequent contributor to mainstream women s magazines It does a decent job of simplifying biology, chemistry, anthropology and other disciplines as related to sweets I wish the author had left herself and her personal anecdotes out of it a bit.As for the science stuff, some of it was really interesting I liked the section on super tasters, non tasters, etc and the related studies that have been done on them Like, what birth order has to do with taste ability, or how people get in relationships with others based on taste ability It also made that They Might Be Giants song make a littlesense Other parts of it, especially to do with conventional food production in the U.S., was not news to me It made me wonder evenabout how clueless most Americans are about what they eat and what goes into most processed food products.It s a good enough read When I picked this up I m not sure what I was expecting, but I wasn t expecting it to be such an interesting, informative book I loved reading about all the studies done and theories out there on sweets It has me wondering, once again, what kind of taster I am I know I am not a non taster.This was a book that I could discuss with my family easily A good way to share things about nutrition with my children without sounding like a parent My son even asked me once what I had learned new in th When I picked this up I m not sure what I was expecting, but I wasn t expecting it to be such an interesting, informative book I loved reading about all the studies done and theories out there on sweets It has me wondering, once again, what kind of taster I am I know I am not a non taster.This was a book that I could discuss with my family easily A good way to share things about nutrition with my children without sounding like a parent My son even asked me once what I had learned new in the book today Little things such as the differences of strawberries in the states, France and Japan, a short history of sugar, nutrasweet and splenda There were some things I knew before, like tasters taste bitterness when eating some sugar substitutes, but I didn t realize that texture is a part of it as well Very interesting book covered so many different aspects of our attraction to sweetness I was fascinated by the concept of tasters and super tasters and the chemistry behind sugar replacements Me, I have no problem with sugar and fat I think I was born on the wrong continent I m with the French when you say heavy cream I say whipped A good book to read to take a look at your associations with foods and how to improve the relationshp and let the guilt go Food is to be enjoyed We have Very interesting book covered so many different aspects of our attraction to sweetness I was fascinated by the concept of tasters and super tasters and the chemistry behind sugar replacements Me, I have no problem with sugar and fat I think I was born on the wrong continent I m with the French when you say heavy cream I say whipped A good book to read to take a look at your associations with foods and how to improve the relationshp and let the guilt go Food is to be enjoyed We have the most gyms and diet experts in the world and yet we are the fattest.Before I get all soap boxy, I ll stop But read it It s worth thinking about This book was not nearly as good as I had hoped The author tried to touch on too many topics and so left them all a little unfinished She interviews many different sorts of scientists and others who study sweets and flavors and they really carry the book I wish I could have just read all her interviews word for word Instead she injected a little too much anectodal evidence for my liking especially because her anecdotes just say the same thing over and over again I get it you like cake, me This book was not nearly as good as I had hoped The author tried to touch on too many topics and so left them all a little unfinished She interviews many different sorts of scientists and others who study sweets and flavors and they really carry the book I wish I could have just read all her interviews word for word Instead she injected a little too much anectodal evidence for my liking especially because her anecdotes just say the same thing over and over again I get it you like cake, me too, what else It is however, an easy read, which was nice `E-PUB ☔ The Taste of Sweet: Our Complicated Love Affair with Our Favorite Treats ↠ Dismissed as d class by gourmands, blamed for the scourge of obesity, and yet loved by all, the taste of sweet has long been at the center of both controversy and celebration For anyone who has ever felt conflicted about a cupcake, this is a book to sink your teeth into In The Taste of Sweet, unabashed dessert lover Joanne Chen takes us on an unexpected adventure into the nature of a taste you thought you knew and reveals a world you never imaginedSweet is complicated, our individual relationships with it shaped as much by childhood memories and clever marketing as the actual sensation of the confection on the tongue How did organic honey become a luxury while high fructose corn syrup has been demonized Why do Americans think of sweets as a guilty pleasure when other cultures just enjoy them What new sweetener, destined to change the very definition of the word sweet, is being perfected right now in labs around the world Chen finds the answers by visiting sensory scientists who study taste buds, horticulturalists who are out to breed the perfect strawberry, and educators who are researching the link between class and obesity Along the way she sheds new light on a familiar taste by exploring the historical sweet scape through the banquet tables of emperors, the pie safes of American pioneers, the corporate giants that exist to fulfill our every sweet wish, and the desserts that have delighted her throughout the years This fabulously entertaining story of sweet will change the way you think about your next cookie From the Hardcover edition