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The Bitter Potion  (c. 1635) by Adriaen Brouwer
The Bitter Potion (c. 1635) by Adriaen Brouwer

"The best salami for everyone!"

"You are what you eat"--The Physiology of Taste (1825) by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

"An acquired taste is an appreciation for food or drink unlikely to be enjoyed by a person who has not had substantial exposure to it. It is the opposite of innate taste, which is the appreciation for things that are enjoyable by most persons without prior exposure to them."--Sholem Stein

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Taste is one of the traditional five senses and refers to the ability to detect the flavor of foodstuffs and other substances (e.g. poisons). In humans and many other vertebrate animals the sense of taste partners with the sense of smell, in the brain's perception of flavor. Classical taste sensations (also called basic tastes) include sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. More recently, psychophysicists and neuroscientists have suggested other taste categories (umami and fatty acid taste most prominently.)

Taste is a sensory function of the central nervous system. The receptor cells for taste in humans are found on the surface of the tongue.


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