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The Science of Picky Eaters: Links & Books


Monell Chemical Senses Center
Learn more about this center's research into the science of taste, smell, and picky eating.

Umami Information Center
We're all familiar with sweet, salty, bitter, and sour, but what about umami? Learn about the fifth taste at this website.

Test Your Tastebuds
Follow this link to a simple test that will let you see your taste buds—or at least the papillae that house them. Are you a supertaster? Find out.


Food: The History of Taste
by Paul Freedman. University of California Press, 2007.

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
by Michael Pollan. Penguin, 2007.


"Picky Eaters? They Get It From You"
by Kim Severson. New York Times, October 10, 2007.

"The Grown-Up Picky Eaters Club"
by Carlin Flora. Psychology Today, October 3, 2007.

"Dislike of Veggies Is in the Genes"
by Stephen Daniells. Food Navigator, September 26, 2006.

"Neurobiology; The Good Taste of Genomics"
by Stuart Firestein. Nature, April 6, 2000.


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