Marion Nestle, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at The Steinhardt School of Education at New York University, will discuss her new book, Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism (University of California Press), at NYU’s Fales Collection, 3rd floor of the NYU Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, on Monday, April 21, 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested. Call (212) 998-2386.

Nestle, author of the critically acclaimed Food Politics, argues that ensuring safe food involves more than washing hands or cooking food at the right temperatures. It involves politics. When it comes to food safety, billions of dollars are at stake, and industry, government and consumers collide over issues of values, economics and political power - not always in the public interest. Although the debates may appear to be about science, Nestle maintains that they really are about control: Who decides when a food is safe?

Last year the NYU Fales Collection acquired the Cecily Brownstone Collection of American Cookery, which is now the cornerstone of the NYU Libraries’ growing Food Studies collection. The Brownstone Collection is housed in the Libraries’ Fales Collection, the rare book repository of the university’s Elmer Holmes Bobst Library. The Fales Collection contains more than 200,000 volumes and 5,000 feet of archives.

The Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at NYU offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in three distinct but related fields of study: nutrition, food and restaurant management, and food studies.

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