"Taste is fabricated in our brain," Kenji tells caller Michael from Boston, in this new episode of Call Special Sauce, responding to a question about whether, and how, a food changing color can affect the way it tastes. How can Michael experiment with this himself? Kenji's (joking) suggestion was that he serve his dinner-party guests blindfolded, to remove one of the variables in our perception of taste.
One of the reasons I love doing these call-in shows with Kenji is because he's always reminding me about embarrassing moments from my tenure (10 years this December!) as Serious Eats overlord. For example, as related in this episode, in one of the many blind taste tests Kenji made us participate in back in the day, I consistently chose scrambled eggs made with supermarket eggs over the presumably freshly laid ones from the farmers market.
But, fortunately for me, this week's episode isn't all about ridiculing me. Alex from Park Slope, Brooklyn, asked an excellent question about how to start rebuilding a supply of pantry items when you move; Kenji admitted to keeping a spreadsheet for his. That, my fellow Serious Eaters, tells you a lot about Kenji, and about Serious Eats. So take a listen and have a laugh at the expense of both Kenji and me. We can take it.
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