Apr 08, 2020
Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way
Posted by Molly Birnbaum

A rich, engrossing, and deeply intelligent story.This is a book I won t soon forget Molly Wizenberg, bestselling author of A Homemade Life Fresh, smart, and consistently surprising If this beautifully written book were a smell, it would be a crisp green apple Claire Dederer, bestselling author of PoserSeason to Taste is an aspiring chef s moving account of finding h A rich, engrossing, and deeply intelligent story.This is a book I won t soon forget Molly Wizenberg, bestselling author of A Homemade Life Fresh, smart, and consistently surprising If this beautifully written book were a smell, it would be a crisp green apple Claire Dederer, bestselling author of PoserSeason to Taste is an aspiring chef s moving account of finding her way in the kitchen and beyond after a tragic accident destroys her sense of smell Molly Birnbaum s remarkable story written with the good cheer and great charm of popular food writers Laurie Colwin and Ruth Reichl is destined to stand alongside Julie Powell s Julie and Julia as a classic tale of a cooking life Season to Taste is sad, funny, joyous, and inspiring.

  • Title: Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way
  • Author: Molly Birnbaum
  • ISBN: 9780061915314
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Season to Taste How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way A rich engrossing and deeply intelligent story This is a book I won t soon forget Molly Wizenberg bestselling author of A Homemade Life Fresh smart and consistently surprising If this beautifully

    Greg

    Season to Taste has a fascinating topic, a hook y personal narrative, and a good writer at the helm, but I am still angrily unhappy with it Actually it pisses me off Why go to all this trouble, all this research, all this emotional tsuris if you re just going to make a sloppy mess of the writing Everything is there Birnbaum has everything she needs to write this exact book, except the good version Argh It pisses me off.First of all, I love the topic The senses have always intrigued me In my scie [...]


    Jeff C. Kunins

    fascinating chef tale memoir deep dive on asnosmiagot this because was a chef memoir, got pulled in and engaged by the super thoughtful and reasonably robust investigation Molly went on to understand the science and current remaining mysteries about our sense of olfaction, anosmia, and .


    Sarah

    When I was pregnant, one night I returned home from work to discover that our house smelled of garlic I was surprised that my husband had been home long enough to get dinner started, and asked him what he was cooking He looked at me quizzically he d just gotten home and hadn t so much as thought yet about what we were having for dinner Nor had we made anything with garlic within the last weekd in any case, he couldn t smell a thing After a good long while, we determined that I was smelling a sin [...]


    Larissa

    I m about half way through Season to Taste and the book is about to be due at the library Rather than finish it, I think I m just going to give up on this one As someone who loves to cook but had a limited sense of smell, I thought I d get a lot out of Birnbaum s memoir She was an aspiring chef, but completely lost her sense of smell when she was hit by a car while jogging Birnbaum does a great job of really zeroing in on the sense of loss and isolation that came to her after losing her smell, a [...]


    Melissa Prange

    Season to Taste is a semi interesting memoir about one young woman s journey to come to terms with the impairment of her sense of smell The book is at its best when describing food with luscious adjectives, but too often it gets bogged down with the author s inability to structure her thoughts Season to Taste constantly jumps back and forth between Molly Birnbaum s everyday struggles with regaining her sense of smell and the science behind how the brain processes scent I found the author to be s [...]


    Kathi

    After hearing reading about this book from a handful of my most trusted sources, I jumped into it with high expectations I enjoyed reading it, but I don t think it quite lived up to my hopes It was unsurprising to me that the book evolved from Molly Birnbaum s blog her writing style kept me interested in short bursts, but I found it difficult to read too much in one sitting without putting it down for a while At times, the narrative seemed a bit tedious it seemed like there were some parts that [...]


    Elizabeth

    I had such high hopes for this book What DOES someone do after suddenly losing all sense of smell I couldn t wait to hear how Birnbaum found her way.But after getting about three quarters of the way through, we suddenly agreed that it was just becoming a tedious account of various doctors visits and reports with only brief interesting moments After months of agony when she could not smell anything at all, Birnbaum began to be able to smell some things I knew that if damaged, the sense of smell c [...]


    Julie Davis

    Having been admitted to the Vine Program I was eager to find a book to try that I would not normally come across This one, in which Molly Birnbaum relates her loss of smell due to a head injury and intersperses her story with delving into the science of smell, filled the bill What makes Birnbaum s loss of smell, and subsequent almost complete loss of the ability to taste, all the painful is that she was set to go to the Culinary Institute of America to begin training as a chef Watching her lear [...]


    JudithAnn

    Molly Birnbaum was looking forward to start studying cooking at a prestigeous cooking school when she was in a car accident and lost her sense of smell.Really worried, she realized that chances were slim that she would be able to fulfil her dream to become a cook She wrote to doctors and scientists that study olfactory science to get some idea of the possibility of ever recovering her smell.In the book, she alternates descriptions of her daily life with her findings First, she gives an outline o [...]


    Margaret Small

    As one of those unfortunates who was born without a sense of smell I found this very interesting Unlike those who have lost this sense due to accident of illness, I have no memory or even any idea of what smells are like This book has given me great insights into just what I ve been missing all my life, which left me feeling quite sad for a bit Her discussion of how hard it is to describe scents, for which there is no real vocabulary, unlike sound or taste, helped me to understand this inability [...]


    Brina

    I picked up Season to Taste when I saw the blurb about it on the back of another book I just read As one who enjoys cooking and as someone who feels she has heightened senses, the topic fascinated me Molly Birnbaum lost her sense of smell while in an accident Before the accident she was an aspiring chef and had a scholarship to Culinary Institute of America Then, she had to put her cooking dreams and other life plans on hold This memoir is about food, love, and science Why are people attracted t [...]


    Dana

    This book fascinated me because of the depth and breadth of her research into the senses of smell and taste, and because of her ability to make me feel like I was standing in her kitchen, sitting at her table and walking with her as she, in the words of the book s sub title, lost her sense of smell and found her way I will never take my sense of smell for granted again.


    Julie

    This book was good, but not what I was expecting I thought it would be mostly about cooking, but a lot of it is about research on taste and various people who contribute to that field While that is interesting, I think it could have been succinct as I found myself getting bored at times once I was past her accident.


    Dana

    This writer should be discriminant when writing Many times I felt that I was rereading previous parts of the book even on the same page It is as though she wrote three different versions of each sentence, but then couldn t pick one and so left them all in Still an interesting topic.


    Aimee

    I loved the way Molly mixed in her experience as well as research details It was very interesting and made me certainly appreciate my sense of smell


    Lauren

    Ehuld have been better I wish there was of a narrative that I could follow and characters I could learn to like instead of just a brief encounter The research was interesting but like the narrative it lacked a driving force One section it was smell and then taste and then fancy chefs and then perfume The epilogue was really nice because it felt very human instead of Birnbaum just telling her story from a distance maybe it was a coping mechanism


    Kiwiflora

    In my much younger days I was in a flat with a nurse She was a terrific person, great flatmate, lots of fun I remember asking her one day why she always cooked the same thing when it was her turn to cook She told me that it was the one of the few dishes she knew how the finished result would taste smell as she had lost her sense of smell in an accident getting off a bus on her way to work one day some 18 months or so prior Wow This was something I had never come across before But I never really [...]


    Georgina

    Words melt in your mouth with every foodie description, while it feeds your scientific soul with evidence based statements.


    Stephanie

    3.5


    Kathleen

    I think I heard Molly Birnbaum on the Leonard Lopate show on NPR Didn t pay much attention to it, but remembered the title Molly was hit by a car while jogging Multiple injuries including destroying her sense of smell She was planning to attend the Culinary Institute of America, but had to delay cancel her entrance she never attends She is a graduate of Brown University, majoring in art history, but discovers her interest in cooking baking After college, she works starting at the bottom dishwash [...]


    Jane

    I really wanted to like this, however the writing was just too tedious and tiresome I couldn t connect with the author despite fully wanting to as I picked up the book As a foodie and former food writer, my expectations were high that this would be a celebration of food The plot The author loses her sense of smell in a car crash a year or two out of college and in the midst of training to become a chef Knowing the premise, I was hoping the author would be of the plucky sort, and the novel highli [...]


    Carin

    I was intrigued with the premise of this memoir from the moment I heard about it Molly Birnbaum, a chef in training about to start classes at the Culinary Institute of America was hit by a car and lost her sense of smell How can you cook if you can t smell I think in my head I was expecting this to be like a nonfiction Left Neglected, talking about an obscure brain injury from the insider s view What was unexpected was how much research Ms Birnbaum did and how that was sprinkled throughout the [...]


    Joy

    Not sure how I found out about this book, but it sounded right up my alley cooking, science, and an interesting topic of a memoir I d like to give the book three and a half stars, but since I can t do that I m rounding down because it s not a four star book by my definition.The topic of the author s memoir, while unfortunate, is nonetheless fascinating after she was hit by a car while jogging, she loses her sense of taste completely As an aspiring chef and baker, this is a tremendous blow to her [...]


    Denise

    Season To Taste is Molly Birnbaum s memoir about losing her sense of smell in a traumatic car accident At first look losing your sense of smell may not seem like a truly horrible loss, but of your brain, memory, and taste are controlled by scents then you realize At the time of the accident Molly was immersed in the restaurant world, getting ready to enter culinary school, and thrilled to have finally found her place Without a sense of smell food became a bland, largely tasteless obstacle to ha [...]


    Amanda

    The reason why I picked up this book was personal while Birnbaum s car accident caused her loss of smell, for me an accident during dental surgery brought about my loss of feeling, including taste, on exactly the left half of my tongue Seeing things from Birnbaum s perspective made me think about my own loss and if I could exchange it for a different sense loss would I want to Sometimes I would get annoyed while reading because Birnbaum described how bland food tasted, that she could only get ta [...]


    Jennie

    I started this book thinking it would be about an established chef losing their sense of smell, which I thought sounded challenging and possibly career ending Instead, the pages contained the story of Molly a young girl getting her start in the restaurant world Even though this book is non fiction, the story had the makings of a great fictional tale of loss and struggle.She was only weeks away from starting at a culinary school and was learning the ropes of a restaurant s inner workings at the [...]


    Ellen

    Season to Taste is a journey through the sense of smell That sounds a little boring though, something this book definitely is not The olfactory system is complex and scientists themselves don t yet know as much about it as they do other senses Birnbaum lost her sense of smell due to head trauma, the result of being hit by a car At the time she was preparing to go to culinary school and train to be a chef With no smell, there is no taste This loss was life changing for her.When I was a child I us [...]


    Jessica

    Molly Birnbaum was working in a restaurant and planning to go to culinary school when she was hit by a car while out running She broke her pelvis, severely damaged her knee, and fractured her skull It took awhile, but she healed from the physical trauma, but due to the skull fracture she lost her sense of smell This is crucial for a chef and when Molly realized it might be gone forever she spiraled into a depression Being a chef was her dream and now what Eventually she starts to revamp her life [...]


    Amber

    The author of this book sounds like a really sweet person I was compelled to keep reading because I wanted to see if she got better, so that says something positive about the book Also I wanted to learn about the science of smell, since I lost my sense of smell too, and she did include some good info though not as much as I would have liked.That being said, this book is horribly written It is repetitive The language is cheesy The timeline is confusing she jumps around from something happening to [...]


    Rebecca Reid

    Just months before Molly Birnbaum was to enter the Culinary Institute of America to fulfill her dream to become a chef, she met with a violent accident Although she escaped with her life, in addition to other physical wounds she had lost her sense of smell Season to Taste How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way Ecco, July 2011 is Molly s story of finding her place in the kitchen again But Season to Taste is far than a personal memoir it s also a journalistic study of what smell means to f [...]



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