U is for Umami

Umami – A savory or delicious taste.
I just recently came across this word in Rebecca Stead’s Liar & Spy. Apparently, this kind of taste was a matter of heavy debate when it was first proposed. It’s difficult to describe, as it is not quite so defined as the other four tastes: sweet, sour, salty, or bitter. It can found in foods like fish and mushrooms.

I think I understand what umami is, but it’s weird to think of our tastes being restricted to only five basic descriptions. Could you imagine if our interests in other things, like books, were the same?

Anyways, I definitely recommend Liar & Spy. Great read, and the twist got me, just as it did in When You Reach Me. I really enjoy Stead’s writing style. She makes her characters real and quirky and interesting. They make me laugh, and they make me care about them and their lives. I would love to have lunch with almost any of them, and delve further into their minds. They are fascinating kids!

Check it out, and go eat something umami!

3 Responses so far.

  1. Hello, Mere Joyce! I love the book When You Reach Me! It was so clever how everything came together in the end. I haven't read Liar & Spy yet, but it's on my "to buy" list. Rebecca Stead is a wonderful storyteller, and I'm really looking forward to reading it.

    Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

  2. Thanks for telling us about Liar and Spy. I didn't know of it.
  3. Deshipley says:
    Why *are* there so few common words to describe tastes and smells (apart from self-descriptors like, "It tasted/smelled like [whatever 'it' is]…")? The other senses are rolling in adjectives! Ah well, at least you've provided me with one more taste word to add to the list. (: