292 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 24 illus., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-7274-1
Published: August 2012
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-7967-2
Published: September 2010
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Awards & distinctions
2011 Association for the Study of Food and Society Book Award
2011 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
NutraSweet, Splenda, and their predecessors have enjoyed enormous success by promising that Americans, especially women, can "have their cake and eat it too," but Empty Pleasures argues that these "sweet cheats" have fostered troubling and unsustainable eating habits and that the promises of artificial sweeteners are ultimately too good to be true.
About the Author
Carolyn de la Pena is a professor of American studies at the University of California, Davis. She is author of The Body Electric: How Strange Machines Built the Modern American.
For more information about Carolyn de la Peña, visit the Author Page.
"A well-cited, thought-provoking, and fascinating analysis of the sociological, psychological, political, and financial underpinnings of the promotion and use of artificial sweeteners in the U.S. . . . Highly Recommended"--Choice
“Empty Pleasures is full of insights about artificial sweeteners.”--Gastronomica
"Charmingly written and exhaustively researched, de la Peña's exploration provides a fascinating look into a seemingly commonplace food additive."--ForeWord Magazine
"In its most intriguing chapter, the book details the “saccharin rebellion" . . . [which] reveals much about ordinary Americans’ perceptions of pleasure in a risk-filled world.”--A Nota Bene selection of The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Fascinating."--The New Yorker "Book Bench" blog
"Carolyn de la Pena conducts a thorough review of artificial sweeteners and how their role and perception have changed over the years."--Wilmington Star-News