Nova - neuroscience of taste
Tonight's Nova ScienceNow episode which will be shown on some PBS tv stations is described as follows:
The neuroscience of taste, which involves all of the senses and memory, is examined. Included: why some foods, like chocolate-chip cookies, are deemed delectable while others, such as cookies made with worms, are not; how the taste buds can be fooled.
Personally, I think the worms thing may have less to do with neuroscience than psychology.
Hmm, five minutes in and it doesn't seem to be about the science of taste at all. It does discuss some basics such as osmosis and brining. The host is a little obnoxious. This seem like it will be worth finding online for an overview of science and cooking if on a very basic/student level.
I did just learn how to pronounce "Maillard" reaction". The Ls are silent! Who knew? Well, probably a lot of you.
That's only part of what the program is about, and not a very accurate description of that part either. I enjoyed it and learned from it. But this season's host, David Pogue, mugs and screams and generally overdoes it all the time - really annoying. Even if Nova Science Now is aimed chiefly at school age viewers, and I believe it is, this constant hype really isn't necessary.