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Why Does Brown Taste So Good?

10/14/2010 05:21 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Often times the goal of a cooking method or technique is to achieve a brown color. Grilling, roasting, sauteing, searing, etc. etc., all processes undertaken to give color ingredients.

Brown food tastes better; we see the color in cooked foods and subconsciously are drawn to it. Charred steak, roasted vegetables, caramel sauce, toasted bread, golden brown fried potatoes; they all look very appetizing. Our brains know it, but does our mind understand it?

Let me try to explain. There are two types of browning:

Why Does Brown Taste So Good?