In Season to Taste, Molly Birnbaum tells how her dreams of becoming a chef come to a sudden halt when she has an accident that destroys her sense of smell. Determined to regain her lost sense, Birnbaum leads the reader on a fascinating journey.
As the novel progresses, the reader comes to a much richer understanding of the sense of smell – the huge role it plays in our ability to taste, how it can impact our emotional state of being, and indeed how little we still understand about this important sense. Birnbaum’s quest to learn more about smell guides the reader on a fascinating dive into this sense.
I picked up this book because I thought it would be a fun, light read (minus the accident, of course) about becoming a chef, but I ended up with a deeper appreciation of how all our senses combine to give each individual a unique interpretation of food – and the world that surrounds us.