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From The Ivory Tower Kitchen: Chasing the Perfect Bite

Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C. | Posted 05.12.2016 | Taste
Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C.

"How do you come up with those flavor combinations?" may be one of the most common questions I hear as a cook. About 12 years ago, a self-acknowledged professional midlife crisis prompted me to try professional cooking as an avocation.

Shaping Taste: Instinctual Intelligence

Sondra Barrett | Posted 08.11.2016 | Taste
Sondra Barrett

We use different parts of our brain for language and for our sensory bodily experience. Seeing the photographs of the chemicals of taste, I thought -- wow, they look like what they do and the words we give for those tastes.

The Sixth Sense in Cooking

Melanie Young | Posted 08.04.2016 | Taste
Melanie Young

I think I have identified a sixth sense. It's why homemade dishes you remember as a child tasted so good and why I can't seem to replicate the same pleasurable sensation when I prepare the dish in my home. I call it UMommy.

The 14 Nerdiest Things We Learned About Food Last Year

Food52 | Posted 01.14.2015 | Taste

This is your safe space for exploration and geeking out.

WTF Is Umami, Anyway?

The Huffington Post | Julie R. Thomson | Posted 12.22.2014 | Taste

It's the reason our food is so delicious.

Discover the Nuances of Umami With Our Guide

Tasting Table | Posted 12.01.2014 | Taste
Tasting Table

It's that hit of I don't know what that elevates a dish to out-of-this-world, can't-stop-eating bliss.

Bobby Chinn's Love Affair With Fish Sauce

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 09.04.2014 | Taste
Carolyn O'Donnell

As far as chefs go he offers more jokes than most, along with insights into Southeast Asian cuisine.

6 Foods That Will Add More Umami to Dinner

Steven Raichlen | Posted 07.18.2014 | Taste
Steven Raichlen

Umami (pronounced "oo-mah-me") has been grabbing a lot of attention in the food world recently (consider the national expansion of the Los Angeles-bas...

All About MSG

Food52 | Posted 07.05.2014 | Taste

The dialogue about MSG is giving us a headache. Let's clear the air.

Wendy's, Jack in the Box Ready 'Spring Chickens'

BurgerBusiness | Posted 06.09.2014 | Taste

These are just some of a wave of new items heading for restaurant menus in the traditional post-Lent refresher phase.

The Best Simple Flavor Combinations When Cooking At Home

Quora | Posted 06.03.2014 | Taste

When preparing foodstuff, you can create wonderful meals by playing up contrasts.

How Our Sense Of Taste Changes As We Age

Bon Appetit | Posted 03.18.2014 | Taste
Bon Appetit

Our taste in food changes as we get older. But what few people understand is why.

'Upgrade Your Lunch' -- A New Video Series That Instantly Upgrades the Meals of Complete Strangers

Foodbeast | Posted 08.22.2013 | Taste

Sometimes it's hard being a foodie with a day job.

PHOTOS: What Happens When You Cross A Cronut With An Umami Burger?

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 07.30.2013 | Taste

This is the work of evil geniuses.

Flavor Bombs: The Ultimate Flavor Enhancer

Jeffrey de Picciotto | Posted 07.22.2013 | Taste
Jeffrey de Picciotto

No MSG allowed.

Meatless Monday: Ivy Manning -- Mixed Marriage, Adaptable Feast

Ellen Kanner | Posted 07.13.2013 | Green
Ellen Kanner

She grew up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where a meal meant "the three-point landing -- a huge hunk of meat and two little piles of something vegetable-ish." She moved to Portland for culinary school but kept her Sheboygan mindset. Food meant "midwest fare -- always meatcentric," she says.

What Are Some Ways To Add Umami to Vegetarian Soups?

Quora | Posted 03.19.2013 | Home

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Kat Tanaka Okopnik, Gastrotourist Expedition Leader and Marshmallow Maven of ...

Is 'Fatty' The Sixth Taste?

Posted 01.13.2012 | Home

Growing up, many of us were taught that the tongue could detect four essential tastes: sweet, salty, sour and bitter. Everything else, we were told, w...

PHOTOS: Celebrate Burger Week With LA's Beef Alternatives

The Huffington Post | Nicole Larson | Posted 07.09.2011 | Los Angeles

If you're a carnivorous, burger-loving Angeleno, chances are you've already debated with your friends about where to go for the best beef burger in to...

'If MSG Is So Bad For You, Why Doesn't Everyone In Asia Have A Headache?'

The Observer | Alex Renton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

What does chiefly animate Japanese soups and broths is an amino acid called glutamate. In the best ramen shops it's made naturally from boiling dried ...

Food Trends 2011 - My Predictions

Thei Zervaki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Thei Zervaki

It's already February 2011 and without any other delay, I make my culinary predictions for the year. This is what I foresee for 2011 based on the sho...

Ozersky: Why Umami Shouldn't Go It Alone

TIME | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

What is umami? For starters, it's the mysterious element that made GQ's Alan Richman name Umami Burger the 2010 "Burger of the Year." It's the culinar...

GQ's Burger Of The Year: LA's Umami Burger | Alan RichmanPhotograph by Amanda Marsalis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Fleischman, the founder of the modest but ever expanding four-shop Umami Burger chain, has rethought every element of the hamburger experience. The bu...

Eat, Eat, Pray for More Room -- Bacchus Does Beverly Hills

Terry Gardner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Terry Gardner

The Taste of Beverly Hills featured "melt in your mouth" food and beverage offerings, along with cooking and cocktail mixing demonstrations led by culinary stars.

Who's Got The Best Burger In LA?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

While 2009 might best be remembered as the year of the gourmet food truck in Los Angeles, it can also be argued that this was the year that the lowly ...