One of the many things I brought back from Japan is a desire for deeper flavor.  Simple, deeper flavor.  So there’s this scientist, see?

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Dr. Kukunae Ikeda–that’s the fellow.  And Doc found that foods with high amounts of glutamate taste better.

We’re talking anchovies, parmesan cheese, tomatoes.  Stuff like that.

The good news is that I am adding these ingredients to sauces and, say, Doc Ikeda was right.

Last night?  A Caesar’s salad with four chopped anchovies that disappeared in the sauce.  Sunday: Lunch for the week of a Bengali stew with tomatoes and anchovies.  The other day?  Penne with parm.

If you research umami, you can find other ingredients that have it.

The secret is out.

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