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November 4, 2018

Food Culture, Body Image and Guilt in America



Join us for this special community event as Virginia Sole-Smith reflects on her deeply researched and highly anticipated book, The Eating Instinct: Food culture, body image and guilt in America. She’ll delve into current cultural forces around food and the questions so many of us ask: How did I learn to eat this way? Why is it so hard to feel good about food? And how can I make it better? 

Food Culture Event Invitation

DATE: Sunday, November 4, 2018

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Keynote Presentation, Audience Q&A, Author Meet-and-Greet with Book Signing 

The Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt
6501 N. Charles St., Towson, MD 21204

Advanced copies of The Eating Instinct will be available for purchase at the event. 

This event is FREE but space is limited. Pre-registration is encouraged.
RSVP HERE (or click the register button above) to reserve your seat today. 

Virginia Sole-Smith

Virginia Sole-Smith is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Slate, and Elle. She is also a contributing editor with Parents Magazine and co-host of the Comfort Food Podcast. The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project has supported several of her projects. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, two daughters, and three cats. Photo by Gabrielle Gerard Photography

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“Virginia Sole-Smith tackles one of the most complex and emotionally trying areas of life with depth, humor, and wisdom…”  — Jenny McGlothlin,

The Eating Instinct [book cover]

“A deeply moving book about the power of appetite to shape all of our lives. Sole-Smith writes with warmth and insight about  the sheer complexity of eating today – and how this most basic and joyful of human activities can be relearned.”— Bee Wilson

"With nuance and compassion, Sole-Smith asks how and why food has become so fraught—entangled with shame and fear and aspiration—for so many of us. Taking aim at not only weight-obsessed diet culture but also the “clean” eating dogmas of the alternative-food movement, she skillfully explores the cultural forces that have eroded our trust in our own instincts about how to eat. The Eating Instinct will make you think about your relationship to food and then make you hunger for a world in which we think less and just eat—simply and joyfully—more."—Maya Dusenbery


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