Wednesday, June 22, 2011

“Waiting On” Wednesday: Season to Taste




“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication “can't-wait-to-read” selection is:

Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way by Molly Birnbaum



synopsis from the publisher:
An aspiring chef's moving account of finding her way—in the kitchen and beyond—after a tragic accident destroys her sense of smell

At twenty-two, just out of college, Molly Birnbaum spent her nights reading cookbooks and her days working at a Boston bistro, preparing to start training at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. She knew exactly where she wanted the life ahead to lead: She wanted to be a chef. But shortly before she was due to matriculate, she was hit by a car while out for a run in Boston. The accident fractured her skull, broke her pelvis, tore her knee to shreds—and destroyed her sense of smell. The flesh and bones would heal...but her sense of smell?And not being able to smell meant not being able to cook. She dropped her cooking school plans, quit her restaurant job, and sank into a depression.

Season to Taste is the story of what came next: how she picked herself up and set off on a grand, entertaining quest in the hopes of learning to smell again. Writing with the good cheer and great charm of Laurie Colwin or Ruth Reichl, she explores the science of olfaction, pheromones, and Proust's madeleine; she meets leading experts, including the writer Oliver Sacks, scientist Stuart Firestein, and perfumer Christophe Laudamiel; and she visits a pioneering New Jersey flavor lab, eats at Grant Achatz's legendary Chicago restaurant Alinea, and enrolls at a renowned perfume school in the South of France, all in an effort to understand and overcome her condition.
A moving personal story packed with surprising facts about our senses, Season to Taste is filled with unforgettable descriptions of the smells Birnbaum rediscovers—from cinnamon, cedarwood, and fresh bagels to rosemary chicken, lavender, and apple pie—as she falls in love, learns to smell from scratch, and starts, once again, to cook.

Publishing July 1st 2011 by Ecco.

3 comments:

Kay said...

What an interesting book! It's the first I've heard of it. How awful to lose the sense of smell - which would mean taste would be gone too, I guess. I hate it when my nose is stuffed up and I can't taste anything. Might as well eat dirt! LOL

Jill said...

I've heard so many great things about this book...and I heart a food memoir!

Anti-Drug Reads said...

This looks pretty interesting; might need to pick this up. I would love if you checked out my WoW too!

Btw, LOVE THE BLOG... I quickly became a NEW follower.

Looking forward to hearing back from you,
Cory @ Anti-Drug Reads