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Like many people, I'd watched the Food Network for 1-2 hours a night after work to unwind, but I'd never made a single dish. If I was going to be using ingredients, I needed to be able to recall them like song lyrics. I needed a working vocabulary.
Imagine my crisis and surprise when, a few years ago, I discovered I was slowly but surely losing my sense of taste. What, if anything, could I do? Soon I learned I had to find a substitute for taste.