Simon Says: January 30, 2011. Eating is a Multi-sensory Experience

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by Jonell Galloway

Eating is a Multi-sensory Experience

from “Word of Mouth Blog,” The Guardian

We eat with all our senses and we are shorting ourselves if we’re not aware of the multi-sensory aspect of the eating experience. If something “looks” good, we have a tendency to think it “is” good. Of course we all know that can be true, or it can lead to disappointment if quality ingredients and craftsmanship have not gone into the final product. Just like with people, looks are not all that counts. What’s inside really does count.

This article from The Guardian of London explores this.

“We know that our enjoyment of food is about more than how it tastes…On the contrary, much research suggests that it is in fact our eyes leading the way, our tongues merely follow. ‘People’s perception is typically dominated by what their eyes see,’ writes Charles Spence, Oxford professor of experimental psychology.”

My “tasting” classes also explore this aspect of food and eating, teaching people to taste the saltiness even in fruit and the sweetness in the savory. Last week I did a cooking class with Fulvio Pierangelini, and he insisted that all the students taste each ingredient in order to learn to recognize the natural salt that each had, to a more or lesser degree.

For the rest of this fascinating Guardian article, click here.

Photo courtesy of Suat Eman.

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