According to the organizers:
Join us for a special evening of talks at the Institute of Culinary Education looking at that mysterious and much-maligned seasoning: monosodium glutamate, also known as MSG.
Sarah Lohman, author of Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, will trace the long history of MSG in traditional Japanese food, as well as the story of Dr. Kikunae Ikeda, the scientist who discovered it. She’ll unveil how MSG ended up on American shores–and why Americans eventually grew to fear it.
Soma will take on modern-day interpretations of MSG, from its role in “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome” to its many relatives hiding in everyday foods. Science fact will be separated from science fiction as myths are deflated and truths laid bare.
Between Sarah and Soma’s talks, we will have a special culinary demonstration by ICE Chef-Instructor, Maria Tampakis.