Salty vs Savory – How Do Your Tastebuds Know the Difference?

Salty vs Savory

Salty and savory are two distinctly different flavors, yet they so often occur together that they can be hard to define separately. Your taste buds can still recognize each distinct component of salty vs savory even if your brain blends them together into one delicious flavor. But how?

Thai Beef Salad; Savory Foods We Can’t Wait to Try

Early in the week, Kylie Lawson, military spouse and mother of two, unwittingly changed our plans for the weekend. In what ended up being a battle between savory foods, her Thai beef salad was pitted against an avocado, corn and bacon salad for The Today Show’s salad edition of their Ultimate Cook-Off series.

Ubiquitous Umami: Adding Flavor Around the World

Umami Flavor

Umami. It’s the flavor that’s savored around the world, from Asia to Europe to the United States. While this fact may not be widely known, foods that are ripe with umami goodness have been used for ages (i.e., a long, long time) in the cuisines of many countries.

To visually demonstrate just how widespread the love of umami is, this amazing graphic shows where and how umami-rich foods are used:

Beans & Rice in Asian Cuisine

In a conversation with The Bean Institute, registered dietitian (and MSGdish blogger) Mary Lee Chin talks—well, beans! As the daughter of Chinese American immigrants and a renowned consultant, Chin’s love of Asian cuisine is both personal and professional.

The Secrets to Amazing Asian Cuisine (Hint: Cooking with Umami!)

Noodles with Tofu

Do you find yourself craving foods that have a savory umami flavor? – such as pasta dishes with aged cheese and spicy tomato sauce, pizza with mushrooms and flavorful meats, and nearly anything that falls into the category of Asian cuisine).

Our family often has those cravings, too. In fact, in my experience as a lover of umami, I’m amazed every time I complete an online recipe search for “cooking with umami.” Page after page of umami-rich recipes pop-up, with each recipe sounding more appetizing than the last.