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Buffalo Museum of Science to host 'Serious Side of Food Book Discussion Series'

The Buffalo Museum of Science will host “The Serious Side of Food Book Discussion Series” next month with texts selected by restaurant critic Mimi Sheraton and led by Jessica Meyers Altman, plant-based chef certified in plant based nutrition and writer of the blog.

Throughout the series, guests will explore an aspect of our culture that often gets taken for granted: food. Food provides nourishment and pleasure, but under the surface of each meal lays a series of complex interactions and entanglements. Working with histories, novels and journalism, this series exposes some of the issues that lie on our plates. Texts include historical accounts, novels, and narrative non-fiction. Sheraton also will provide an introductory essay that puts topics and themes in context.

The following books will be discussed:

Oct. 5 – “Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health,” by Marion Nestle

Oct. 19 – “The Jungle,” by Upton Sinclair

Nov. 2   – “The Third Plate,” by Dan Barber

Nov. 16 “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto,” by Michael Pollan

The discussion series is recommended for adults. The first three sessions will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and the last from  5 to 7 p.m. at the museum, 1020 Humbodlt Parkway. Participants must register and attend all four sessions. Participation is free and open to the public. Registration deadline is Wednesday. For additional information or to register, contact Betsy Vazquez at or call 896-5200, Ext 345.


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