Don’t fear the MSG: Explore flavor enhancer Aug 21

It started in 1968 with an article in a medical journal. Fifty years later, four in 10 Americans say they avoid monosodium glutamate (MSG), despite scientific study after study debunking its harmfulness.

What chefs have known for decades, Americans are slowly accepting: MSG is a culinary secret weapon that adds umami – savory goodness. The 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 21, Flavors of the World program at the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Idea Studio will demonstrate the power of MSG. The program is free and open to adults and teens 13 and older. Registration is required and begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 7, at, click Calendar.

Dispensing fears and encouraging MSG love will be Flavors presenter library Director Jon Mark Bolthouse, whose appreciation of Asian cuisine was enhanced during his three-year residency in Japan. He’ll demonstrate recipes that use MSG to its fullest effect.

Flavors of the World takes place every third Tuesday of the month in the library’s Idea Studio. Programs coming up:

  • Sep 18: Mustard, presented by Barry Levenson of The Mustard Museum
  • Oct 16: Sage, presented by Pedro Arellano
  • Nov 20: Curry powder and garam masala, presented by Varsha Pathare
  • Dec 18: Soy sauce, presented by Dusty Krikau

The Idea Studio is the library’s makerspace, a permanent do-it-yourself zone in the lower level with a demonstration kitchen, equipment to use for free and DIY programming. For more information, visit


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