When a head injury obliterated twenty-two-year-old Molly Birnbaum’s sense of smell, it destroyed her dream of becoming a chef. Determined to reawaken her nose, she bravely sets off on a quest to rediscover the scented world. On the way, she seeks out everyone from former poet laureate Robert Pinsky to neuroscientist Oliver Sacks. A moving personal story packed with surprising facts about the senses, Season to Taste brims with the scents of Molly’s world—cinnamon, cedarwood, fresh bagels, and lavender—lost and finally found. In Season to Taste, Molly describes an ineffable, but indispensable, layer of life.
Molly Birnbaum invites her readers to understand how the world is to a person who has lost her sense of smell.
When I'm cooking, eating, or just in a familiar place, I think about what I'm smelling and what it would be like if I couldn't.
Overall, I recommend the book to anyone who is interested in reading about cooking, taste, perfume, and the science of scent.
This a window and an education of what it's like to lose your sense of smell. When you lose your smell you also loss your tasting ability, therefore your losing two of your senses... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Lorie Prestyly
Too self-serving. I was looking for more of a guide on what can be done in this area. The book could have covered everything she had to say in half the number of pages.Published 20 months ago by Arthur Baldwin
I can't begin to adequately express how much I enjoyed this book.
As the publicity info indicated, Molly Birnbaum, clearly a highly talented chef-in-the-making, lost her... Read more
Whoever said that this seemed more like a textbook than an autobiography has a viewpoint that I agree with. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Katherine
In my much younger days I was in a flat with a nurse. She was a terrific person, great flatmate, lots of fun. Read morePublished on July 6, 2012 by Kiwiflora
The book explores the different ways in which we use our olfatory sense. It had a somehow weak emotional component but I found the information quite interesting.Published on April 18, 2012 by SSSCCMM
Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way....The Kitchen Reader
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Season to Taste is one of those astonishingly unexpected books that we may be fortunate to stumble across by chance or word of recommendation. Read morePublished on April 15, 2012 by Irena Chalmers
Of all the possible sense-handicaps, smell and taste get little respect because sufferers appear quite normal. Read morePublished on February 26, 2012 by Stephen Foster