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OK, here's one for a boring Friday: describe taste(13 posts)

OK, here's one for a boring Friday: describe tasteAllisonHayes
Jul 5, 2002 9:04 AM
Describe the taste of:

1. a watermelon
2. ice cream
3. lobster
4. beer
5. a hamburger

pick any one or do all of them...
there are people who get paid for thisColnagoFE
Jul 5, 2002 9:19 AM
I've seen specials...where the job is to taste existing product (say doritos) and decide on new conbinations. how does one prepare for such a career?

hard to describe taste with language but:

1. sweet, mildly citrus, cold
2. assuming vanilla--buttery, sweet, cold
3. buttery, salty, lemon
4. breadlike, slightly saline, fizzy, somewhat bitter
5. oily, meaty, salty, smoky
there are people who get paid for thisAllisonHayes
Jul 5, 2002 9:32 AM
Aren't you describing merely the attributes of taste? For example, I cannot describe the "taste" of a watermelon. What is the watermelon's sweetness? How is its sweetness different from that of a papaya for example?

I just had a slice of a cold, crisp, juicy, sweet watermelon. But what exactly is its taste?
I suppose there is a vocabulary for those who do thisColnagoFE
Jul 5, 2002 11:37 AM
You can't escape language.
re: OK, here's one for a boring Friday: describe tasteDougSloan
Jul 5, 2002 9:35 AM
1. a watermelon "good"
2. ice cream "good"
3. lobster "very good"
4. beer "mostly good, if cold"
5. a hamburger "good, but better with bacon, bleu cheese, and mushrooms"

Hah, harder than physics, metaphysics or chemistry isn't it?AllisonHayes
Jul 5, 2002 9:50 AM
But of course it IS chemistry, physics and metaphysics isn't it?
wasn't hard at allDougSloan
Jul 5, 2002 9:55 AM
You did not say *how* to describe the foods. I described them perfectly well. "Good" is a description, isn't it?

sounds like a typical lawyer response to me...AllisonHayes
Jul 5, 2002 10:10 AM
but can you describe "how" they taste?
but, but...DougSloan
Jul 5, 2002 10:15 AM
"Madame, *how* does your lobster taste?"

"It's very good, thank you."


Doug :-)
do they teach you guys tautologic reasoning in law school? nmAllisonHayes
Jul 5, 2002 10:35 AM
no, no, noDougSloan
Jul 5, 2002 5:13 PM
The point was that describing food as "good" is not limited to lawyers.

A challenge for the bio-chemistsMcAndrus
Jul 5, 2002 11:32 AM
I am not a chemist and have next-to-no background in chemistry. However, I do believe the answer to your question lies in bio-chemistry.

You can distinguish different tastes by describing how the taste buds of the tongue react to each food.

For instance, watermelon creates X quantity release of Y chemicals while ice cream causes a X-10 quantity release of Z chemicals.

That's the only scientific way. Any other way is purely subjective and relies on circular reasoning - watermelon is as sweet as muskmelon, ice cream is as sweet as cake, everything tastes like chicken, etc.
think about wineColnagoFE
Jul 5, 2002 11:39 AM
I mean there is a whole language involved in describing wine...(ie...woody, tannic, berry notes etc.)