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'Our Troubles with Food, Fears, Fads and Fallacies'

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The lecture will show how we have come to understand what food does for us by a tortuous process which has included many misunderstandings and to which Cambridge people have made a number of notable contributions. I will examine the effects of dietary regimes, some of them extremely fanciful and will explain why it is that many in the developed world are now over-fed and under-nourished.

Stephen Halliday was educated at Brentwood School, Essex, and read history at Pembroke College, Cambridge He worked in industry for sixteen years where he launched Hellmann’s Mayonnaise in the United Kingdom. In 1998 he completed a Ph.D. on Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Main Drainage of London which became his best-selling book The Great Stink of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis. The book has been featured in many radio and television programmes. Stephen lives in Cambridge where he lectures at the University’s Institute of Continuing Education and is married to Jane, a midwife at Addenbrooke’s Rosie Maternity Hospital.

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