Now That's a Mouthful

Episode 32: Our Ever-Changing Tastes

Episode 32: Our Ever Changing Tastes

Taste and our taste memories influence whether we seek out new and different tastes or stay in our safe-flavor lane.  The concept of taste, commonly accepted as 4 or 5 experiences on our tongue, is changing.  Science tells us that our taste receptors may provide us with as many as 10 or more experiences on the palate. Taste is a part of flavor and that combination has an influence on our expectation when it comes to food and food choices.

We’ll be talking about…

  • The complexity of our palate beyond the 4 or 5 common tastes, salt, sweet, sour, bitter and umami, to now include calcium, kokumi – mouth full-ness/heartiness, metallicity, fat, and carbon dioxide! How these act in our mouth and on our palate, and how expectation influences our taste experience, as well.
  • How our taste memories direct our choices; when there is a familiar piece to something new it becomes easier to move beyond our safe-lane. 
  • Our recipe testers. Hear them describe how taste affects what they do in their home kitchen and how they’re learning to adjust recipes to suit their palate by using the different taste elements.
  • How an understanding of “taste” leads to a richer, fuller, more pleasurable eating experience.
  • We refer to previous episodes: Season 1 Episode 18 Flavorful Fats; Season 2 Episode 30 What We Bring to the Table, Bonus Episode All About Lemons, Episode 31 How We Learn To Cook, Episode 34 Going Rogue: Our Tendency to Tweak and Episode 35 All Purpose Seasonings;
  • Hear what our testing community had to say about the recipes they’re cooking including One Pot Orzo with Artichokes and Tomatoes, Sweet Potato Hash Brown Open Face Sandwich with Brussels Slaw, Barley and Cauliflower Risotto, Cold Soba Noodles, Grilled Tahini Chicken, Lemon Curd and Crunchy Olives. You’ll find these recipes at on our Recipes page.

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This episode features recipes from the following cookbooks. Click on the books to find the recipes: