Sophie Egan, author of Devoured, in discussion with Paolo Lucchesi

Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 4:30 pm

4:30-5:30 – Conversation (with time for Q&A)
5:30-6:00 – Book signing & mingling downstairs

Why does McDonald’s have 107 items on its menu? Why are breakfast sandwiches, protein bars, and gluten-free anything so popular? Will bland, soulless meal replacements like Soylent revolutionize our definition of a meal?

In Devoured, food journalist Sophie Egan takes us on an eye-opening journey through the American food psyche, making connections between the values that define our national character—work, freedom, and progress—and our eating habits, the good and the bad.

“Breezy, irreverent, often quite funny, Devoured nonetheless has a serious message.” (Joe Queenan, Barron’s)

Sophie Egan is the director of programs and culinary nutrition for the Strategic Initiatives Group at The Culinary Institute of America. Based in San Francisco, Egan is a contributor to The New York Times‘ Well blog, and has written about food and health for KQED, Time, The Wall Street Journal, Bon Appétit,WIRED, and Sunset magazine, where she worked on The Sunset Cookbook and The One-Block Feast book. She holds a master of public health from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on health and social behavior, and a bachelor of arts with honors in history from Stanford University. This summer, she was named one of the UC Global Food Initiative’s 30 Under 30.

Paolo Lucchesi is the editor of The San Francisco Chronicle Food & Wine team. Before coming to The Chronicle food section in 2010 as its Inside Scoop columnist, he served as the founding editor of Eater San Francisco, which launched in fall 2007, and later Eater National, which launched in fall 2009.

Free event; book signing to follow.
Feel free to stick around afterwards for dinner in the cafe or make a reservation for the dining room!