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Bittman Basics

‘Taste and Adjust the Seasoning’ Is an Important Instruction in a Recipe

How to build flavor

All food has flavor, in varying degrees. Our palates recognize several different flavors — mainly sweet, salty, sour, and bitter — and we season things to enhance or emphasize these flavors or to create contrast among them.



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Mark Bittman

Has published 30 books, including How to Cook Everything and VB6: The Case for Part-Time Veganism. Newsletter at markbittman.com.