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Devoured: A Journey into the American Food Psyche

Lecture | October 27 | 5-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room


Sophie Egan, Director of Programs and Culinary Nutrition, The Culinary Institute of America

Jaspal Sandhu, Lecturer, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Public Health, School of, Graduate School of Journalism


Anyone in the public health world knows that people's behaviors are shaped by their environments. But an often overlooked aspect of the environment is the cultural environment. How do the values that define our national character—work, freedom, and progress—shape our eating habits, the good and the bad? This is the question that Sophie Egan, food writer, UC Berkeley SPH alum, and Culinary Institute of America program director, addresses in her provocative, eye-opening book, Devoured. In Devoured, Sophie holds a mirror up to daily life, revealing the deeper meaning behind our food choices: from around-the-clock snacking to "Sad Desk Lunch;" from the American obsession with “having it our way” to "Stunt Foods" like Doritos Locos Tacos.

Join us for a conversation moderated by lecturer Jaspal Sandhu, as we explore the meaning of our national food culture--and together, examine how to help prevent the 80 percent of chronic diseases related to lifestyle by cultivating a healthier foodscape.

This talk is part of the 2016-17 UC Berkeley School of Public Health Dean's Speaker Series and the 2016-17 Kaiser Permanente Lecture Series.


All Audiences

All Audiences

This event is free and open to the public, however please register using this form if you plan to attend. If the event reaches capacity, registered guests will receive priority seating until 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the talk.

Register online.

Light refreshments


nikishapiro@berkeley.edu, 510-664-4685