While we obviously enjoy food through taste, food is something we enjoy with all of our senses.
Smell plays a critical role in how we perceive food -- we often confuse flavor with aroma, and when we're having trouble smelling, we have trouble tasting. The visual element of food is clearly key -- presentation can make or break a dish and without beautiful photographs, a food blog has a snowball's chance in hell of surviving. "Food porn" is an established part of our lexicon and a pastime for many. Texture is another obviously important aspect of our relationship with food -- someone might get squeamish at the rubbery texture of squid but adore the softer texture of mushrooms.
Sound, however, is often forgotten when we think about food. Sounds from the kitchen -- off the grill or from the pan -- sounds from the bar, or sounds from your own mouth should not be overlooked. There are some food sounds that are unlike anything else, and can conjure up delicious memories or make our stomachs rumble with hunger.
What food sounds do you love? Here are some of our favorites:
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