Diner tonight was corn on the cob. The ears from last night's Whole Foods delivery were rather small, and I thought I might not have selected them myself. However they were quite good.
The accompanying music was Shubert's Trout Quintet. My reading material was Harold McGee's Nose Dive, A Field Guide to the World's Smells. I preordered the book when it first came out but am only now getting around to reading.
"Mildly fishy putrescine, a four-carbon chain, turns out not to be particularly putrid. When exposed to the air, it's quickly oxidized to form a stronger-smelling ring compound, pyrroline, which is found in and smells of human semen. Pyrroline is also an important volatile in the smell of human skin...as well as the aroma of boiled corn."
I may never eat again.