Tag: Taste

A matter of taste
Food

A matter of taste

Mainstream North American food ranges from bland to mildly spicy comestibles commonly available in big-box grocery store chains. North America is large, and fortunately disposes of a huge amount of fertile agricultural soil amenable to producing a range of foods. When the first settlers arrived, local Aboriginals taught them why […]

On Wine Aroma, Taste and Flavour.
Wine

On Wine Aroma, Taste and Flavour.

Taste is a fickle mistress. How taste works is not an easy exercise. In fact, even neurologists find it difficult to fully explain it, let alone understand everything about it. Some people are super tasters (25 per cent of the population), another 25 per cent have possess little tasting ability, […]

Italian Food Specialties
Food

Effects of Ageing on Taste.

Old people often complain about the diminished taste perception. This is a legitimate complaint and can be attributed to two phenomena. The first is that taste buds lose their acuity with advanced age, the second involves how modern food in general is produced. Multinational companies spend untold amounts of funds […]

Book review: A Taste of the World.
Book Reviews

Book review: A Taste of the World.

The world is rich with diverse regional and ethnic cuisines. Cooks everywhere use the same basic ingredients, but in very different ways. Take the egg, for example in North America egg is a breakfast ingredient (fried, scrambled, hardboiled, three-minute boiled, poached) but in France, people rarely, if ever think of […]

Book review: A Taste of Canada.
Book Reviews

Book review: A Taste of Canada.

The question of “What is Canadian cuisine?” has been debated for a long time. People eat first and foremost what grows around them and products that are accessible. Today, big city dwellers think nothing of buying tomatoes, or peaches, or grapes in January and which are imported from thousands of […]