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Taste What You're Missing: The Passionate Eater's Guide to Why Good Food Tastes Good Hardcover – March 13, 2012
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“Barb Stuckey’s book makes the complicated science of food and taste accessible to anyone. It is as enjoyable a read as it is a thorough summary of why ‘good’ tastes ‘good.’”
—David Chang, Chef/owner of Momofuku
“Taste What You're Missing would be useful to anyone who cooks- with or without a culinary degree.” (―Peter Rainsford, Ph.D., Vice President, Academic Affairs, The Culinary Institute of America)
“Understanding taste and flavor (and the difference between them) is one of the foundations of great cuisine. Barb Stuckey’s book is an excellent primer on the subject. Her enthusiasm for food and science is infectious, and she explains with clarity and humor (and some neat little experiments you can try out) exactly what happens as we eat. Great reading for cooks, foodies and indeed anyone interested in the sensory world that surrounds us.”
– Heston Blumenthal, chef and owner of the Fat Duck restaurant
"Simply Fascinating! Compelling! A page-turner. TASTE should be required reading for anyone who eats. In layman's terms, Barb Stuckey gives us the tools to analyze and diagnose our food neuroses, as well as get the most out of every plate of food we consume. I think if we were better tasters as a whole, we would seek out better, and yes, healthier foods for ourselves and our children. Barbara confirmed for me that there is truly no need for "kids' meals." She also convinced me to put a paper reinforcement label and blue dye on my tongue." --Carla Hall, Top Chef All-Star, Co-host on The Chew, and founder, Alchemy by Carla Hall
"A fascinating book that will change the way you think of everything you eat or drink forever."
--Kathleen Flinn, author of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry and The Kitchen Counter Cooking School
“This book brilliantly weaves the subjective experience of eating together with the objective science of taste perception. A must read for food lovers and cooks alike. You'll never look at a plate of food the same again.” --Ming Tsai, Chef/Owner Blue Ginger, Host/Executive Producer “Simply Ming”
A helpful, systematic approach to developing a discriminating palate." (--Kirkus)
About the Author
Barb Stuckey is a professional food developer who leads the marketing, food trend tracking, and consumer research functions at Mattson, North America’s largest independent developer of new foods and beverages. She and her HyperTaster fiancé divide their time between San Francisco and Healdsburg, in Northern California’s wine country.
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Minus one point because the tables in the kindle version are truncated.
This book is the perfect reference book: look up a sense and check out what you can learn about how it, like sound, from music in a room to the potato chip's crunch in our heads, affects and contributes to how we taste, er, savor. Chapters on flavors, too. Also an interesting feature is the tests and games to learn from in the real world. Recommended!!