Aloha! I only posted one guest blog last week - Blogging Advice from Hope Clark. The winner is Barbara E.! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!
I am a fan of Bravo's TOP CHEF. Plus I recently discovered the Food Network's DINERS, DRIVE INS, AND DIVES. But I have no culinary talent. Enter Barb Stuckey's TASTE WHAT YOU ARE MISSING:
Whether it’s a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup, maple-cured bacon sizzling hot from the pan, or a salted caramel coated in dark chocolate, you know when food tastes good to you. But you may not know the amazing story behind why you love some foods and can’t tolerate others. Now, in Taste What You’re Missing, the first book that demystifies the science of taste, you’ll learn how your individual biology, genetics, and brain create a personal experience of everything you taste—and how you can make the most of it.
|Oh, I'd make the most of Coco Puffs!|
A seasoned food developer to whom food companies turn for help in creating delicious new products, Barb Stuckey reveals that much of what we think we know about how taste works is wrong. And the truth is much more fascinating—for instance, your tongue is not divided into quadrants for sweet, sour, salt, and bitter and only a fraction of what you taste happens in your mouth. As Stuckey explains how our five senses work together to form “flavor perceptions,” she tells intriguing stories about people who have lost the sense of smell or taste and the unexpected ways their experience of food changes as a result. You’ll learn 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 while your spouse loads it with cream and sugar.
|Nothing like chocolate over macadamia nuts!|
Stuckey also provides eye-opening experiments in which you can discover your unique “taster type” and learn why you react instinctively to certain foods, in particular why your response to bitterness is unique. You’ll find ways to improve your ability to discern flavors, detect ingredients, and devise taste combinations in your own kitchen for delectable results.
Taste What You’re Missing gives curious eaters, Food Network watchers, kitchen tinkerers, and armchair Top Chefs the understanding and language to impress friends and families with insider knowledge about everything edible. What Harold McGee did for the science of cooking Barb Stuckey does for the science of taste in Taste What You’re Missing, a calorie-free way to get more pleasure from every bite.
|Fresh pineapple gives pleasure with each bite!|
Hmmm, I'm hungry already! TASTE WHAT YOU ARE MISSING goes beyond the instant gratification of eating - it gives the reader step by step methods to enhance the senses while fueling the body. In essence, it is the education of the eater to appreciate texture, aroma, and even presentation. It might just make you a Top Chef after all ... with accolades from Tom Colicchio to boot!
I am giving away a hardback copy of TASTE WHAT YOU ARE MISSING to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Where does your talent lie in the kitchen - cooking? baking? drying dishes?
Mine lies in eating.
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Friday, April 6, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Saturday, April 7.
Kim in Hawaii
|Feast on malasadas - Hawaii's ono (delicious) pastry!|