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

How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way

By Molly Birnbaum

Ecco Press, 9780061915321, 320pp.

Publication Date: May 29, 2012

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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.



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

“After reading Birnbaum’s smart, lovely book, readers will be reminded to savor their next meal, each fragrant bite.”
-Boston Globe

“Tantalizing. . . . A pilgrimage out of devastation, toward reclaiming the dream of being a chef. . . . Where [Birnbaum] ends up will surprise you, much as it did her.”
-Washington Post

“Rich and insightful. . . . A veritable feast for the reader.”
-Charlotte Observer

“Powerfully explores the science of smell and its ties to emotion, love and even memory. . . . A truly mouthwatering read.”
-BookPage

“Moving and informative.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Fascinating and vivid. . . . Packed with information and a great read to boot. I was smitten.”
-Library Journal

“A culinary-minded journalist . . . movingly depicts the nearly ineffable plight of the anosmic . . . alongside passages of sweeping journalistic discovery of all things olfactory. A brave, unflagging memoir.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“A Summer Hot Read.”
-New York Post

“A fascinating, illuminating and heartwarming read and a revelation of how aroma is woven, in intricate and complex patterns, through the tapestry of our lives.”
-Frangrance Forum

“Molly Birnbaum writes with great curiosity and depth, reawakening in us all the sense of taste that we take for granted.”
-Amanda Hesser, author of The Essential New York Times Cookbook

“Molly Birnbaum’s fascinating book takes her--and us--deep inside the mysterious world of scent. Her writing about this unseen force is 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

“A wonderful book about life’s unexpected turns, about love and its complexities, and about the ineffably mysterious human brain. I couldn’t stop telling people about it, while I was reading it. It will make you see your nose, your life, and your most important decisions in a whole new way.”
-Maile Meloy, bestselling author of Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It

“Molly Birnbaum’s fascinating journey, told with charm and compassion, is ultimately a story of triumph. A book for food lovers, sensualists, and all of us in search of our true heart’s desire.”
-Kim Sunée, bestselling author of Trail of Crumbs

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