Book Review: A Feast of Science

By George B. Kauffman

A Feast of Science: Intriguing Morsels from the Science of Everyday Life by Dr. Joe Schwarcz. ECW Press, 665 Gerrard St. East, Toronto, Canada M4M IY2, 2018, Paperback, $17.95, ISBN 978-1-77041-192.

Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Ph.D., is host for 38 years of the Montreal radio program The Dr. Joe Show, director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society and author of 16 best-selling popular science books. Well known for his informative and entertaining lectures, Dr. Schwarcz’s book demystifies the chemistry of everyday life, serving up practical knowledge to both inform and entertain. He proves that “chemical” is not necessarily synonymous with “toxic.”

Are there fish genes in tomatoes? Can snail-slime cream and bone broth really make your wrinkles disappear? What’s the problem with sugar, resistant starch, hops in beer, microbeads and “secret” cancer cures? Are “natural” products the key to good health? What is “fake news” all about?

Dr. Schwarcz answers questions such as these and more.

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George B. Kauffman, Ph.D., chemistry professor emeritus at Fresno State and a Guggenheim Fellow, is a recipient of the American Chemical Society’s George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education, the Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach and the Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution, and numerous domestic and international honors. In 2002 and 2011, he was appointed a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society, respectively.

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