Smell The Umami

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.

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One response to “Smell The Umami

  1. Little OT here, but just a note to say Tom Seitsema gave Island Hut a shout out in his chat today. Seems he enjoyed it very much.

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