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Fred Kaufman on the Food Network: It's all "Gastroporn"

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2008/02/22/A_Short_History_of_the_American_Stomach Author Fred Kaufman discusses the quirky production styles of popular cable chanel The Food Network, in an excerpt from his book, "A Short History of the American Stomach." ------ A Short History of the American Stomach with Fred Kaufman. Kaufman takes us on a raucous, witty and fact-filled exploration of America's complex and often bizarre relationship with food. From secret raw-milk covens in New York City to "gastroporn" addicts, Kaufman presents an irreverent take on all aspects of the foodie world. A renowned chronicler of all things gastronomic, Kaufamn's infamous Harper's article, "Debbie Does Salad," which likened the Food Network's camera shots to pornography (he sat down and watched six hours of the network's programming with a porn industry veteran to get her thoughts), generated incredible buzz in the foodie world. In his most recent article for The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Kaufman turned his subversive gaze on the world of pet food - and hit the "most e-mailed" list. In his latest work, Kaufman uncovers Puritan anorexia and bulimia and sheds a completely new light on this issue, as does his subversive take on cookbooks and diet books, his explorations into genetically modified food, and the digestive underpinnings of American imperialism - The Commonwealth Club of California Frederick Kaufman has written about American food culture and other subjects for Harper's Magazine, the New Yorker, Gourmet, Gastronomica, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. He's been a freelancer for years, and published over one-hundred magazine articles, along with three books (Author, A Short History of the American Stomach). He's a contributing editor at Harper's, and teaches at the City University of New York and CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.
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