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What Is Taste?

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 1 June 1992



Taste is defined in a variety of ways, and arises from physiological processes which are influenced by social factors. Explanations of taste therefore require information from biological, sociological and cultural perspectives. Discusses the contribution made to our understanding of taste by the biological and social sciences, with reference to recent sociological and social anthropological research and writing. It argues that food is a particularly powerful medium for the realization of social relationships and the creation of individual identity. The social context therefore has an indirect but causal relationship with individual tastes. The cultural context is also crucial, as the socially constructed meaning of a food can influence taste perception itself. Explanations of taste therefore require an understanding of the social and cultural contexts of food‐related behaviour.



McCorkindale, L.M. (1992), "What Is Taste?", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 92 No. 6, pp. 8-12.




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