Sweet and Low is the amazing, bittersweet, hilarious story of an American family and its patriarch, a short-order cook named Ben Eisenstadt who, in the years after World War II, invented the sugar packet and Sweet'N Low, converting his Brooklyn cafeteria into a factory and amassing the great fortune that would destroy his family. It is also the story of immigrants to the New World, sugar, saccharine, obesity, and the health and diet craze, played out across countries and generations but also within the life of a single family, as the fortune and the factory passed from generation to generation.
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"Cohen is one talented storyteller, and Sweet and Low is a great read." - Library Journal.
"Cohen can't quite decide what kind of book he's writing: He offers a mini-history of sugar here, confusing family history there. But at its best, sardonically dissecting an unlikely success, it spins gold." - Kirkus.
"Cohen mines a wealth of family history in this funny, angry, digressive memoir." - PW.
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Rich Cohen grew up in Glencoe, Illinois. A contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, his work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including The New Yorker, Harper's and The New York Times. His books include Tough Jews, The Avengers, Lake Effect, Machers & Rockers, Sweet and Low, and, most recently, Israel Is Real: An Obsessive Quest to Understand the Jewish Nation and Its History.
He lives with his wife, children and dog in a hilly part of Connecticut.
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