Ce Que Vous Mangez: The French Embassy Hosts a Conference on Food (avec Marion Nestle et Politique Alimentaire!)

Though it probably seems like a natural to readers of this magazine, rarely does the French Embassy host food events. But next Monday they are, and it’s one to skip work for. No no, it’s not the world’s biggest round of Epoisses or a tasting of sparking cidre from Normandy (though we’d be down for both) but a day-long program investigating the intersection of food culture and health from French and American points of view.

Though it probably seems like a natural to readers of this magazine, rarely does the French Embassy host food events. But next Monday they are, and it’s one to skip work for. No no, it’s not the world’s biggest round of Epoisses or a tasting of sparking cidre from Normandy (though we’d be down for both) but a day-long program investigating the intersection of food culture and health from French and American points of view.

There’ll be both French and American scientists, chefs, politicians and educators (including Marion Nestle, the Paulette Goddard Professor in NYU’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, who is in her own category) to analyze, contrast and compare, and as the Embassy puts it: to “question cultural assumptions.” Nestle speaks at 10 am on Food Politics in France, but there are also sessions on 21st Century food, teaching children how to eat healthfully and pleasure and perception in eating. You can download the whole agenda right here.

The free event (see how to RSVP below) was inspired by a three-year academic/government research collaboration begun in 2009 called “21st Century Cuisine, Nutrition and Genetics in France and the U.S.” It’s being led on the French side by Richard Delerins, an anthropologist and chef whose focus of research is on (and we’re boiling this down to a sentence here) how our cultural and even genetic makeup relates to children’s food preferences and eventually to their overall health, and developing recipes that are satisfying on all levels.

French and American Perspectives on Food and Health
The French Embassy, 972 Fifth Avenue between 78th and 79th Streets
Monday, December 5th, 2011
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Get the agenda here.
RSVP required by November 30th by email to [email protected] or by calling 212.439.1463

 

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Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.