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Science behind Picky Eating (Stephanie Lucianovic)

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Picky eaterSuffering Succotash: A Picky Eater’s Quest To Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate has it all: wild theories, genetics, romance, sword swallowers, recipes, and Biblical plagues. Join us as we will explore the science of picky eating, and cultural and historical questions abound. Are picky eaters destined to ascend to a higher plane of existence, and what happens when picky eaters fall in love or go to restaurants? How can you tell if you’re a “supertaster”? How does the gag reflex affect pickiness (and what secrets do sword swallowers impart to help overcome it)?

About our Guest:


A former picky eater, Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic is a freelance writer, editor, and lapsed cheesemonger in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been writing for KQED’s Bay Area Bites since its inception and is the website editor for the Emmy-award winning Check, Please! Bay Area. She has written for,, Popular Science, The New York Times,The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. An original recapper at Television Without Pity, she also worked on a line of cookbooks for William-Sonoma and in the back kitchen of a Jacques Pépin cooking show. Her first book, SUFFERING SUCCOTASH: A Picky Eater’s Quest To Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate is a non-fiction narrative and a heartfelt and humorous exposé on the inner lives of picky eaters. It is due out July 3rd, 2012 from Perigee Books. She lives in Menlo Park with her husband, son, and assorted cats. Check her out at The Grub Report or follow her on Twitter at @grubreport.