A Rainbow Palate

A Rainbow Palate How Chemical Dyes Changed the West's Relationship With Food - Synthesis

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We live in a world saturated by chemicals-our food, our clothes, and even our bodies play host to hundreds of synthetic chemicals that did not exist before the nineteenth century. By the 1900s, a wave of bright coal tar dyes had begun to transform the Western world. Originally intended for textiles, the new dyes soon permeated daily life in unexpected ways, and by the time the risks and uncertainties surrounding the synthesized chemicals began to surface, they were being used in everything from clothes and home furnishings to cookware and food.

In A Rainbow Palate, Carolyn Cobbold explores how the widespread use of new chemical substances influenced perceptions and understanding of food, science, and technology, as well as trust in science and scientists. Because the new dyes were among the earliest contested chemical additives in food, the battles over their use offer striking insights and parallels into today's international struggles surrounding chemical, food, and trade regulation.

Book information

ISBN: 9780226727059
Imprint: The University of Chicago Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 664.062
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 514g
Height: 159mm
Width: 235mm
Spine width: 26mm