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Peter Graham

Peter Graham an Englishman who lives in France, is working on a collection of cheese recipes for Penguin. He translated Didier Anzieu’s Freud’s Self-Analysis, published jointly by Chatto and the Institute of Psychoanalysis earlier this year.

Matters of Taste

Peter Graham, 4 December 1986

More and more cooks, and more and more people who like their food (gourmets, gourmands and gastronomes – but please not that appalling neologism, ‘foodies’), are showing an interest in the scientific basis of cooking techniques and the mechanics of taste. Why and how do certain dishes come to taste as they do? The latest edition of The Good Food Guide, which remains, for all its shortcomings (such as an excessive reliance on consumer feedback), the most reliable guide to British restaurants, has an interesting article by two scientists on their work with trained ‘taste panels’. It seems that some people are physiologically more sensitive to some chemicals than others and therefore perceive them differently: ‘a matter of taste’ is a figure of speech which would appear to be corroborated by science.’

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