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  • Flavor

  • The Science of Our Most Neglected Sense
  • By: Bob Holmes
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narration

  • By Sandra T. Sutherlin on 11-15-18

Fascinating Scientific View of Flavor

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Reviewed: 04-30-17

I've been looking for a book that blends science and food. This was just the ticket.

Exactly as the summary says. This is a relatively dense book with a certain amount of scientific knowlege assumed. If you are like me and seek such experiences it could be an excellent fit for you.

The narrator's tone is conversational/journalistic. Not an unpleasant sounding voice (somewhat calming).

I enjoyed learning how the aesthetic senses of smell, sight, taste, touch, and even hearing rally to bring us unforgettable experiences of food.

All on all, I really enjoyed this audiobook and would recommend it to any science loving foodie.