“Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics” a Book Talk, April 10th at NYU’s Fales Library


New York University’s Fales Library, the home of one of the nation’s largest and prestigious collection in food studies, and Clark Wolf, food and restaurant consultant, are hosting a book talk to celebrate the publication of Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics by Dr. Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim, on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at the Fales Library, third floor, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, NYC.

“Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics” a Book Talk, April 10th at NYU’s Fales Library

New York University’s Fales Library, the home of one of the nation’s largest and prestigious collection in food studies, and Clark Wolf, food and restaurant consultant, are hosting a book talk to celebrate the publication of Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics by Dr. Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim, on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at the Fales Library, third floor, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, (at LaGuardia Place).  A reception and book signing will follow immediately after the talk. [Subways A,C,E, B,D,M to West 4th Street; 6 line to Astor Place; R train to 8th Street.].

Calories--too few or too many--are the source of health problems affecting billions of people in today's globalized world. Although calories are essential to human health and survival, they cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted.

The conversation, moderated by Clark Wolf, host of the Fales Library’s “Critical Topics in Food Series,” will center on the epic view of a calorie: what it is, where it came from, what it means, how and why we count them.  Nestle and Nesheim, two of America's finest nutritionists, will help decode nutritional science into a commonsense language and situate calories in their place in the wider cultural and political context.

The public may RSVP to: rsvp.bobst@nyu.edu with your name and title/date of the event.  For more information the public may call Elizabeth Wiest, 212 992 9744 or email liz.wiest@nyu.edu.

MEDIA ONLY:  Reporters interested in covering or attending the event must contact Christopher James at 212-998-6876 or email christopher.james@nyu.edu.

About the Authors:

Marion Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University. She is the author of What to Eat and, from UC Press, Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health; Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety; and Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine.

Malden Nesheim is Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. He is coauthor (with Marion Nestle) of Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat and (with Ann L. Yaktine) of the Institute of Medicine report Seafood Choices: Balancing Benefits and Risks.

About Fales Library and Special Collections:

The Fales Library, comprising nearly 200,000 volumes, and over 8,000 linear feet of archive and manuscript materials, houses the Fales Collection of rare books and manuscripts in English and American literature, the Downtown Collection, the Food and Cookery Collection and the general Special Collections of the NYU Libraries. The Fales Collection was given to NYU in 1957 by DeCoursey Fales in memory of his father, Haliburton Fales. It is especially strong in English literature from the middle of the 18th century to the present, documenting developments in the novel. The Downtown Collection documents the downtown New York art, performance, and literary scenes from 1975 to the present and is extremely rich in archival holdings, including extensive film and video objects. The Food and Cookery Collection is a vast, and rapidly expanding collection of books and manuscripts documenting food and foodways with particular emphasis on New York City. Other strengths of the collection include the Berol Collection of Lewis Carroll Materials, the Robert Frost Library, the Kaplan and Rosenthal Collections of Judaica and Hebraica and the manuscript collections of Elizabeth Robins and Erich Maria Remarque. The Fales Library preserves manuscripts and original editions of books that are rare or important not only because of their texts, but also because of their value as artifacts.

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