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The Taste of Sweet by Joanne Chen
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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 more.

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 little more sense. Other parts of it, especially to do with conventional food production in the U.S., was not news to me. It made me wonder even more about how clueless most Americans are about what they eat and what goes into most processed food products.

It's a good enough read.
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