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  • Summary

  • Join Australian cook Adam Liaw as he investigates the science and history of our five tastes – sweet, bitter, salty, sour and umami. Our taste for salt is vital to our biology but it also turned food into a commodity underpinning global economics for thousands of years. Sweetness that once guided our evolutionary forebears to energy-rich fruits is now used to sell us soft drinks. Deliciously immersive, this epic new Audible Original unravels how taste has shaped our food, our society and our planet.

    Featuring: Yotam Ottolenghi, Dan Barber, Kenji Lopez-Alt and Fuchsia Dunlop.

    Written and produced by Adam Liaw and Josh Martin. Produced by i8 Studio Pty Ltd.

    This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. 

    ©2022 i8 Studio Pty Ltd. (P)2022 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.
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  • May 4 2022
    Adam Liaw cracks the code of taste in cooking. He is joined by superstar chef, author and restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi who explains how taste guides our hand in the kitchen even when we aren’t even thinking about it.
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    33 mins
  • May 4 2022
    Our taste for sweetness guided our evolutionary forebears to energy-rich fruit but its effect on civilisation has been anything but sweet. Facilitating the enslavement of millions and bringing forth the Industrial Revolution.
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    40 mins
  • May 4 2022
    Bitterness helps us avoid toxic foods. Yet in the case of chocolate, coffee, tea and pepper - many of our favourite foods are bitter. Our quest for these foods directly resulted in globalisation and even modern democracy.
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    45 mins

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Thought provoking series.

Thanks to Adam and all involved with this production.
Loved every minute of this intelligent series.
Not only was the taste aspect great but also the research and history driving it interestingly forward. I even learned a thing or two along the way. Clear and precise narration as well as the music choices and sound effects made this an easy and enjoyable listen.

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An enthralling listen (I devoured it)

This is a great podcast. Highly recommended for anyone interested in food and history. It's a very admirable attempt at a complete history of the world through the lens of one human sense.

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I thought I would not like this

Not more Adam Liaw! He is everywhere. I was wrong, this podcast is very very interesting.

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A Delectable Adventure into Taste!

Adam is a sound but entertaining host. He carries his enthusiasm through each story with calm and grace.

The introduction of experts and professionals was refreshingly edited and I felt it gave a good punch to the information which often falls on deaf ears from monotonous deliveries.

There is history, invention, surprise, and ultimately, a result that created food for thought which I understood. I hope more listeners will get a similar result, while feeling enjoyment through the whole series.

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Fascinating and insightful

Great little podcast that's both a history of humanity and their relationship to food. A little bit of science, a little bit of history, a little bit of sociology all mixed in to a well paced and delivered podcast. Highly recommended

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A must if you're remotely interested in food

A must if you're remotely interested in food and why we like certain flavours and their combinations

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Fascinating, well produced series

Not just interesting if you have an interest in food, but also a great listen if you enjoy history.

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Much better than I thought

I really enjoyed this audiobook and would recommend to anyone who has ever tasted food :)

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A great read and a good listen

I really did enjoy this one. Lots of info, and as a bonus, fantastic background music. I reckon the music itself is worthy of a podcast. Whilst I am not a huge Adam fan, this one won me closer. Highly recommended. Let me know if the complete music sound track is available, please. Many cheers.

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Dear Adam

I have been a big fan of your cooking travelling shows, your input on the drums and diverse TV reports. I must say that I’m disappointed with your research and comments on this new podcast, I was waiting for it with exaltation but how can you not mention honey in sugar? `honey is sweet from the time of hunters and gatherers and has served as a sweetener from that time, as well as fruits stew which accommodated lots of dishes from also a very long time.
The other part that I’m disappointed with is the scientific Umani flavour which you have great difficulty really defining, closest from savoury? Savoury is saltier! I missed truly pungent and spicy which are a very large part of flavours in many parts of the world. My perception of Umani is more a food additive to enhance all flavours already present in the cooking rather than a true flavour…

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  • Jeremy
  • 18-05-2022

Interesting Content Not Fond of the Politics

Adam does a good job of narrating the journey (I’m a huge fan of his excellent YouTube channel), and most of the information is interesting, but it is irritating to hear the Republican Party equated with evil in a series on food.

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