I enjoyed Tuesday’s article in the Post on how smell informs flavor as much as, or more than, taste does. Jalapeños do rock, I don’t need chocolate (but Mrs. Me does!), and I am much pickier about texture than I am about taste.
I don’t buy the theory that “we are predisposed to like flavors of foods our mothers ate while pregnant.” I know my mom pretty well and I doubt she was eating jalapeños, refried beans, vindaloo, samosas, Thai curries, and that sort of thing while I was on the way.
The article did not discuss supertasters — people who experience flavors more intensely than most of us — and while I am not a supertaster, I am fascinated by the concept. Plus it is an excuse to link to They Might Be Giants performing John Lee Supertaster.