Delicious: The evolution of flavour and how it made us human

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 23 March

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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Event description

We’re constantly pursuing food and flavours that we enjoy. This pursuit of delicious flavours has guided the course of human history.

Join Rob Dunn as he explores the role that flavour may have played in the invention of the first tools, the extinction of giant mammals, the evolution of the world’s most delicious and fatty fruits, the creation of beer, and our own sociality.

In this talk, discover the deep history of flavour that will transform the way you think about human evolution and the gustatory pleasures of the foods we eat.

Rob will be taking you through the steps of how to start a sourdough starter at the beginning of the talk. To follow along, you will need:

  • Flour (Any type you like! Rye, whole wheat, all-purpose, etc.)
  • Dechlorinated water (filtered water or tap water that has been left in a clear glass overnight)
  • Mason jar or other glass jar
  • Cloth or paper napkins to use as jar covers
  • Rubberband
  • Ruler
  • Measuring spoons
  • Spoon for mixing

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About the speaker

Rob Dunn is a biologist, writer and professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University. He has written several books and his science essays have appeared at magazines such as BBC Wildlife Magazine, Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic and others.

Rob's new book, 'Delicious: The evolution of flavour and how it made us human', is available to pre-order now. 


The live stream will go live at 6.55pm, and the introduction will begin at 7.00pm. If you register but miss the live stream, the video will be available to you via the same link for up to a week after the event date.

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