MSG Takes on MSG
Public Assembly (70 N. 6th St., Brooklyn)

To celebrate our *one year anniversary* we’re taking on our namesake: monosodium glutamate (MSG)! Savory spice or fatal flavor?

Sarah Lohman will track MSG back to its source in traditional Japanese food, showing how time and money turned an innocuous plant into the darling of mass-produced food.

Soma will take on modern-day interpretations of MSG, from its role in “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome” to its many relatives hiding in everyday foods. Science fact will be separated from science fiction as myths are deflated and truths laid bare.

While Sarah crafts organic MSG from scratch, Soma will bend science to his iron will and produce factory-farm MSG in his very own kitchen.

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