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“Fascinating . . . A serious book, with many whiffs of delight.” — Washington Post Book World

“You’ll never take your nose for granted again once you’ve read The Scent of Desire.” — USA Today

“Intriguing...This illuminating book argues convincingly that the sense of smell should never be taken for granted.” — Publishers Weekly

THE SCENT OF DESIRE was a finalist for the 2009 AAAS Excellence in Science Writing Award — The American Association for the Advancement of Science

“Filled with intriguing bits of information.” — Weekly Standard

“This is a spicy perfume of a book, redolent with fascinating facts and provocative hypotheses.” — Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor, Harvard University, author of The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Stuff of Thought

“Astounding and sometimes mind-boggling with (a) wonderfully charming voice and writing style.” — Blogcritics.org

“Charming. A reminder that life without aromas...would be sad indeed.” — Curled Up with a Good Book

“A delightfully unexpected blend of personal anecdotes, pop-cultural erudition and scientific understanding. ” — Kirkus Reviews

“A great reference book that everyone should read. An excellent overview of the sense of smell. It kills some of the myths that have long been corrupting Perfumery and explains where the higher debates should really be. Thank you, Rachel Herz, for gathering these facts about olfaction in one place.” — Christophe Laudamiel, Senior Perfumer, Fine Fragrances & Innovation

About the Author

Since 2000, Rachel Herz, Ph.D., has been on the faculty of Brown University. She has appeared on the Discovery Channel, ABC News, the BBC, National Public Radio, and the Learning Channel, and is the subject of a Scientific American profile piece.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (October 14, 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0060825383
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0060825386
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 7.7 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.31 x 0.65 x 8 inches
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Dr. Rachel Herz is a neuroscientist specializing in perception and emotion and on the faculty at Brown University and Boston College. She is a TEDx speaker, has published over 85 original research papers, and is a professional consultant to various industries regarding smell, taste, food and flavor.

Rachel Herz is the author of several academic and popular science books, including the college textbook Sensation &amp; Perception (Oxford University Press) now in its 5th edition, The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell (2007; Harper Collins,), which covers everything you ever wanted to know about your sense of smell, and was selected as a finalist for the “2009 AAAS Prize for Excellence in Science Books”; That’s Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion (2012; W.W. Norton &amp; Co), which analyzes the food and taste-based emotion of disgust from culture to neuroscience; and her latest book Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship with Food (2018; W.W. Norton &amp; Co), which explores how our senses and psychology govern our perception of food, and the experiences and consequences of eating.

Rachel Herz is a dual citizen of the US and Canada. She grew up in Montreal and received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. She is fascinated by human nature and loves all things scented and sensory. She lives in New England with her canine and human family.

Visit her on twitter @rachel_herz and at her website www.rachelherz.com.

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