Taste What You’re Missing: The Passionate Eater’s Guide to Why Good Food Tastes Good
By Barb Stuckey
Free Press, 2012. 407 pgs. Nonfiction
Author Barb Stuckey is a professional food developer who has spent years tasting and testing the products that fill grocery stores. In her book Taste What You’re Missing, she imparts her expansive knowledge on why things taste good, why things taste bad, and how to make each bite count. What’s really fun about this book is that she doesn’t just tell you about the food you’re eating, but each chapter includes experiments and exercises you can do at home to learn more about the concepts she introduces. And who can complain about homework that involves eating?
You wouldn’t think there could possibly be 400 pages worth of stuff to say about taste, but there really is. I particularly enjoyed the scientific information given concerning things like how the diet of a pregnant or nursing mother can affect her child’s likes and dislikes later in life. This is a great book for foodies, future foodies, or even just the curious.