A Taste of Molecules: In Search of the Secrets of Flavor by Diane Fresquez
Do men and women experience taste and smell differently? And what happens when you eat a meal completely in the dark? Diane Fresquez, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, spent a year on the trail of obsessive scientists and entrepreneurs who are trying to reveal the secrets of flavor.
In this picaresque jaunt, Fresquez seeks out the people working to uncover the truths about taste, including a brewery owner who's developed a banana-flavored beer meant to appeal to young women, and an entrepreneur who won't rest until he develops the perfect mead, the ancient liquor considered the ancestor of all fermented drinks. We meet a young mother and a PhD student whose research shows that what a mother eats can influence the flavor of her breast milk, and a scientist in the Netherlands who does research on flavor and memory at an Orwellian university lab called The Restaurant of the Future. A Taste of Molecules will delight foodies and scientists alike.
Diane Fresquez is a food and arts journalist based in Brussels, Belgium. She was for many years a special correspondent to the Wall Street Journal , contributing to and editing for the newspaper's Weekend section in Europe. She also contributes to other publications, including the Science/Business news service. Prior to that she worked in London as a script reader for a range of UK media companies, including Handmade Films, HTV, and Sky Television. She was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is a graduate of the University of New Mexico.
Table of Contents
I. Taste Uncorked 1. L’Amuse-Bouche 2. Bright Sweetness 3. The Singing Baguettes 4. Library of Yeast 5. Beach Party in a Bottle 6. Learning while Intoxicated 7. Liquid Courage
II. Hiding and Seeking Flavor 8. Licorice on the Inside 9. Taster’s Choice 10. Smelly Pig 11. Apples of Your Eye 12. Banana-Flavored Pop Quiz
III. The Taste Buds in Your Brain 13. Recipes for Remembering 14. Pavlov’s Restaurant 15. Transport Delayed
IV. Scents and Sensibility 16. This Is Not a Soup Kitchen 17. Darkness Edible 18. Nectar & Co.
RECIPES Sopapillas Lamb Cutlets Marinated in Hydromel “Flower Power” Elderflower Cocktail Hop Shoots with Poached Eggs and Smoked Salmon Peppermint and Chip Ice Cream Apple Chutney Sabayon with Musa Lova banana liqueur Dutch Ham and Endives Gratinées Madeleines