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Mind Over Palate: 6 Ways to Make the Science of Taste Work at Home

Even before Marcel Proust famously wrote a seven-volume novel from memories triggered by the taste of a madeleine, chefs have understood there’s more to tasting food than just flavor. Every day our minds create perceptions that affect how we register food’s deliciousness, working alongside our …

The Taste of Food Goes Far Beyond the Tongue

The science of taste is hard to illustrate, as National Geographic producer Kathryn Carlson found out recently. Assigned to produce a video to accompany the Science of Delicious article December’s issue of <i>National Geographic</i> magazine, she flew to England to meet with the man whom many regard as the …

Software Creates New Flavors, Some Not for the Squeamish

The Plate<p>I’m betting you’ve never opened your pantry and gone, “Huh, I wonder what would go really well with fermented cow manure right about now.”<p>But just in case you’re wondering, I’m told that jasmine and roses taste delicious with it.<p>Jonathan Brill, founder of Special Projects Agency, an …

Flavors

The 5 Cookbooks of 2015 That Will Transport You

A great book should take you somewhere, and a great cookbook is no exception.<p>It was a tough job, but I whittled down my 2015 cookbook collection (OK, hoarder’s pile) to five favorites. If you’ve got a foodie on your Christmas list, or you’re looking for your own escape from the festivities, this …

Good Luck With That: A New Year’s Food Gallery

The Plate<p>Superstitions, signs, and omens surround birth, death, and marriage in every culture, but they really get amped up when we turn over the calendar to start a new year.<p>Naturally, many of the rituals to ward off bad times include eating certain foods. Americans may eat greens that look …

Food & Dining