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Author: Bob Holmes Narrator: Jonathan Yen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781515986645
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Can you describe how the flavor of halibut differs from red snapper? How Brie differs from cheddar? For most of us, unfortunately, the answer is: badly. Flavor remains a vague, undeveloped concept we don’t know enough about to describe—or to appreciate—fully.

In Flavor, Bob Holmes shows us just how much we’re missing. He tackles questions like why cake tastes sweetest on white plates, how wine experts’ eyes fool their noses, and how language affects flavor. He peers over the shoulders of fascinating food professionals engineering the perfect snack, chefs seeking surprising new flavor combinations, and even mathematicians pursuing the perfect pizza topping. He reveals how we can all sharpen our senses using professional techniques to name and describe flavors articulately. Whether you’re someone who likes to cook creatively, delve into cutting-edge science, explore nutrition trends, or just eat, Flavor will open your mind and palate to a vast and exciting sensory world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fascinating…Flavor, as Bob Holmes demonstrates elegantly, exists nowhere but in the mind of the eater.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • [A] mouthwatering work . . . As Holmes runs through terrific experiments and describes strange technologies, he makes food science fun and approachable. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
  • “[A] mouthwatering work…As Holmes runs through terrific experiments and describes strange technologies, he makes food science fun and approachable.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Narrator Jonathan Yen brings an expressive reading to a scientific subject that remains an elusive concept…Listeners are sure to learn some fascinating facts and pick up some tips for how to enhance flavors in their everyday lives.”


  • AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

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About the Author

Bob Holmes has been a New Scientist magazine correspondent for over two decades. The holder of a PhD in evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona, he is a passionate home cook and a Slow Food Canada member. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Yen is a commercial voice-over artist and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. He was inspired by the Golden Age of Radio, and while the gold was gone by the time he got there, he has carried that inspiration through to commercial work, voice acting, and stage productions. From vintage Howard Fast science fiction to naturalist Paul Rosolie’s true adventures in the Amazon, he loves to tell a good story.