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Magazine editor Chen covers everything readers ever wanted to know about sugar in her delectable first book. A self-confessed sweet fanatic, Chen's fascination with the taste of sweet is "not simply the taste itself", but "how we perceive and react to it." What unfolds from this "complicated love affair" is a delightful survey of the history, culture, and science of sugar, and the enticing hold it has on our senses and imagination.
Why do Americans have such a love-hate relationship with sugar? How does one grow the perfect-tasting strawberry? Is there a link between class, sugar, and obesity? And can food technologists make sweet foods healthier or healthful foods taste more to our liking?
These are just a few of the questions pondered as Chen follows sugar from its humble origins to refinement, where its addictive taste captured the hearts and palates of European aristocracy, to the present, where science is reaching for an even sweeter sweet. Whether contemplating the high culture of sugar (Godiva) or the low (a Hershey bar), discerning the difference between a super-taster and a non-taster, The Taste of Sweet never fails to entertain as thoroughly as it informs. As Chen discovers, "the perfect sweet reflects our endless search for happiness without compromise." (Summer 2008 Selection)