Posted 15 September 2003 - 07:55 PM
I have to find this book. It sounds wonderful! I'm off to my local Chapters tomorrow. Then maybe I can think up a question on my own. In the meantime:
Do food tasters still exist or is it a dying art? No pun intended here (ok, well maybe)
What qualifications do you need to be a food taster
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Practice. Do it over. Get it right.
Mostly, I want people to be as happy eating my food as I am cooking it.
Posted 15 September 2003 - 10:04 PM
I never knew exactly how many food tasters there were in Italy during the Renaissance, but at a banquet in Milano there were nine including me. I always wanted to have a guild of food tasters--why not? they have guilds for everything else-- and I even went so far as to make up a list of rules, it is in the book, but I could not find any food tasters who I thought worthy of joining. Potta! The food tasters I met were all suspicious fools. I think to be a good foodtaster you must be quick-witted, have a very sensitive nose, a knowledge of food and nerves of iron. Unfortunately, in my day, they did not ask you if you had the right qualities. You developed them or you died.