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A Dark History of Sugar with Neil Buttery & Emma Kay Part 2
Episode 721st May 2022 • The British Food History Podcast • Neil Buttery
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Once more, Neil is a guest on his own podcast interviewed by friend of the show, and previous guest, author and food historian Emma Kay about the dark history of sugar.

In this episode we talk about the abolition of slavery from the British perspective, sugar consumption through history, dental health, the tobaccofication of sugar and how cooking from scratch is key to lower your sugar (and salt) intake. We also discuss ways to eat sugar that is kind to the workers growing it, and our planet and disagree about the virtues of artificial sweeteners.

Also: just a head's up, there are a couple of swear words used in this episode. They are comparatively mild, but perhaps not suitable for children.

Neil’s book A Dark History of Sugar is available now from all bookshops as well as from the publisher Pen & Sword; if you are quick you can still get an early bird 25% discount:

If you want to buy a signed copy directly from Neil for £18 + postage (£2.85 if within the UK, the going rate if outside!). Contact him via email or social media if you fancy it (see below).

Listen to Neil interview Emma about the dark history of chocolate:

Emma’s book A Dark History of Chocolate was published by Pen & Sword History in 2021:

Emma’s new book A History of Herbalism will be published by Pen & Sword History in June 2022:

Follow Emma on Twitter @MuseumofKitchen and on Instagram @museumofkitchenalia, or visit her website:

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