The Science behind Savory

Soba Noodle and Shrimp Appetizer

Humans have long been able to taste the savory flavor associated with red meats, mushrooms and cheeses, but it was only recently that western scientists recognized umami as our fifth basic taste. Umami, a Japanese term that translates into “delicious,” is the otherwise equivalent for that mouth-watering flavor many would characterize as savory

GOOD News about MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)? Believe It.

Asparagus Tomato Stir Fry

Let me say right at the start, that MSG is safe. Very safe. You’re probably not used to hearing good news about MSG – monosodium glutamate, at least not in the media. You’ve heard all the hype about Chinese restaurant syndrome, so-called “experts” telling you all manner of scary stuff

What’s Love (of Sodium) Got To Do With It? And How MSG Can Keep the Love Alive!

important to reduce sodium intake

When you conjure up your favorite meal, be it a holiday dish or an entrée that Mom used to only serve on Sunday, the first thing that probably comes to mind is how good it tastes.  Sure, the aroma of a simmering casserole may waft through the house (and your mind), but it is how a food tastes that makes it so yummy

The Umami Epiphany

Friends eating fast food in a restaurant

Few would disagree that cooking is all about flavor. In fact, most of us grew up learning about the four basic tastes in grade school: sweet, salty, sour and bitter. However, many may not know that the human mouth actually distinguishes five basic tastes

Featured Umami-Rich Recipe: Gazpacho

Cold Gazpacho with Garlic Croutons in Glass Bowl

Gazpacho is a traditional zingy tomato soup from Spain that showcases the refreshing tastes of its fresh ingredients. This delicious cold soup is a perfect light appetizer to accompany summer cuisine. Serve chilled, and don’t forget the French baguette! Special thanks to