Season to Taste

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

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"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 Poser

Season 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 136 x 203 x 20mm | 245g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061915327
  • 9780061915321
  • 1,440,607

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When a head injury obliterated twenty-two-year-old Molly Birnbaum's sense of smell, it destroyed her dream of becoming a chef. Determined to reawaken her nose, she bravely sets off on a quest to rediscover the scented world. On the way, she seeks out everyone from former poet laureate Robert Pinsky to neuroscientist Oliver Sacks. A moving personal story packed with surprising facts about the senses, Season to Taste brims with the scents of Molly's world--cinnamon, cedarwood, fresh bagels, and lavender--lost and finally found. In Season to Taste, Molly describes an ineffable, but indispensable, layer of life.
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"Fascinating and vivid. . . . Packed with information and a great read to boot. I was smitten."--Library Journal
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736 ratings
3.43 out of 5 stars
5 13% (98)
4 34% (250)
3 38% (279)
2 12% (91)
1 2% (18)
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