A Feast for the Senses

“We eat with our eyes first.”

Well, we eat with our other senses too. How is food a sensory experience?

Sight – “eat with our eyes”; “that looks delicious”

Sound – the sizzle of frying food

Touch – hands as utensils (i.e. cutlery) and tools (separating eggs and kneading dough)

Smell – the smell of baking bread, frying onions or popping corn activating our salivary glands

Taste – sweet, salty, bitter, sour, umami

*Smell and taste combine and affect our perception of the flavours of food. People with a cold notice that food just doesn’t taste the same.


Next time you sit down to eat, turn off the t.v., put away the phone and cease from talking to your dining companions as you meditate on the interaction of your senses while savouring your food.


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