Did you know …
- * Only 20% of what we experience as taste happens in the mouth?
- * The tongue does not have five different areas devoted to the five basic tastes of sweet, sour, bitter, salt, and umami?
- * Taste inclinations can be inherited?
- * Food tastes less sweet and salty with loud noise in the background?
- * The more you drink alcohol, the less likely you are to eat sweets?
Maybe you didn’t know all that, but you do know when food tastes good to you, right? In Taste What You’re Missing: The Passionate Eater’s Guide to Why Good Food Tastes Good, Barb Stuckey — a seasoned food developer to whom food companies turn for help in creating delicious new products — reveals that much of what we think we know about how taste works is wrong. She explains why kids (and some adults) turn up their noses at Brussels sprouts and broccoli, how salt makes grapefruit sweet, and why you drink your coffee black (or with cream and sugar).
As Stuckey tells the story behind why we love some foods and can’t tolerate others, she also provides eye-opening experiments in which you can discover your unique “taster type” and learn why you react instinctively to certain foods. You’ll find ways to improve your ability to discern flavors, detect ingredients, and devise taste combinations in your own kitchen for delectable results.
If you blog or write about food, this is a must-read book. If you simply enjoy food, this is a wanna-read. Either way, you can get a copy — gratis — thanks to Free Press and Cooks&Books&Recipes.
Notes: There are six ways to enter, but it’s not necessary to do all six entries. Choose whichever one(s) you like, and you’ll be entered in the giveaway. Giveaway ends at midnight (EST) on September 30, 2012.
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