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A Dark History of Sugar

29 September 2023, 6.00pm

'A Dark History of Sugar' book cover
'A Dark History of Sugar' book cover
'A Dark History of Sugar' book cover
29 September 2023, 6.00pm

A Dark History of Sugar

Food historian Neil Buttery looks at some of the lesser-known aspects of the history of sugar.
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About the event

Many of us possess a sweet tooth, but why are we as a species so predisposed to want to eat sugar? Neil Buttery will explore the reasons behind our fondness for the sweet stuff and survey the great lengths that humans have gone to taste and produce it.

Join him as he delves into our evolutionary history to explain why sugar is so loved yet is the root cause of so many bad things. He will also consider the role of the slave trade in sugar production and how the exploitation of the workers didn’t end with emancipation.

Access to the Gallery is via a narrow flight of stairs. Unfortunately, the room is not wheelchair accessible.

About the speaker

Neil Buttery is an author, food historian and chef who specialises in the history of British food. A Dark History of Sugar was published in 2022, followed by his biography of Manchester legend Elizabeth Raffald, Before Mrs Beeton, in 2023. He started his popular podcast, The British Food History Podcast, in 2020.

Neil Buttery
Neil Buttery

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29 September 2023
6.00pm - 7.00pm
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Chelsea Physic Garden (Gallery)
66 Royal Hospital Road
London, SW3 4HS United Kingdom