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Good recipes for someone with no sense of taste (literally)

I'm a foodie and I've temporarily (I hope) lost all sense of taste thanks to a bout with the Shingles. Apparently the nerve cluster in my face that is effected (affected? I'll never get it write) also carries taste bud information and I can't taste a dang thing.

Actually, that's not entirely true. What little taste I do experience is directly related to what I can smell. Soups seem to be good for me as they tend to put off a lot of odor. Carbs are really, really bad. Bread and pasta are completely disgusting and feel like cardboard in my mouth. My wife made shortbread the other day and I had to spit it out because it felt like I was chewing on sand.

So, Serious Eaters, do you have any recommendations for recipes that pack and odoriferous punch? My doctor told me this condition could last for up to a month and I really need something to get me through this.

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