Thursday, June 09, 2011

memories of food

This npr story on a chef/artist/protege of jose andres (of course) trying to make food more memorable. They cite science that says that taste is our least memorable scent, in part because we lack the words to describe it, and there is nice evidence that the words we have for things like color affects our ability to perceive color. (For example, many languages like Russian don't have separate words for blue or green.)

So I think about this, since we spend lots of money on very expensive meals, but often I do forget the taste of the food. R- is better. In some ways, it is nice to embrace the fleeting ephemeral nature of the experience, but on the other hand, it also justifies the BS foodie banter we often use to describe the meals.

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