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From Bob Holmes, a delicious journey into the surprising science behind our flavor senses.

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Can you describe how the flavor of halibut differs from red snapper? How Brie differs from cheddar? For most of us, unfortunately, the answer is: badly. Flavor remains a vague, undeveloped concept we don't know enough about to describe—or to appreciate—fully.

In Flavor, Bob Holmes shows us just how much we're missing. He tackles questions like why cake tastes sweetest on white plates, how wine experts' eyes fool their noses, and how language affects flavor. He peers over the shoulders of fascinating food professionals engineering the perfect snack, chefs seeking surprising new flavor combinations, and even mathematicians pursuing the perfect pizza topping. He reveals how we can all sharpen our senses using professional techniques to name and describe flavors articulately.

Whether you're someone who likes to cook creatively, delve into cutting-edge science, explore nutrition trends, or just to eat, Flavor will open your mind and palate to a vast and exciting sensory world.

"A sheer delight. . . . Holmes is as funny as he is enlightening." ---Shelf Awareness

"Yen's enthusiasm helps to keep the information fresh as he describes the intricacies of cutting-edge research into flavor, including such contributing factors as olfaction and the way individuals perceive flavor." ---AudioFile

"[A] mouthwatering work . . . As Holmes runs through terrific experiments and describes strange technologies, he makes food science fun and approachable." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“Endlessly fascinating. A terrific book.” ---Bill Bryson
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The Science of Our Most Neglected Sense

Author Bob Holmes

Narrated by Jonathan Yen

Publication date Apr 25, 2017

Running time 10 hrs 20 min

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