With its inevitable link to food and drink, taste is probably the one sense that links health to pleasure more closely than any of the other senses. Eating, sharing meals, food consumption in religion, many activities associated with taste deeply affect our psyches. Whether spicy or sweet or bitter, some tastes like that of hot peppers, chocolate and coriander can turn us into addicts, while others seduce and even provide erotic stimulation. And just as the senses of sight and sound have produced painting and music, our sense of taste has given birth to the high art of wine connoisseurship and of gourmet cuisine.
Producer: Dheera Sujan
Broadcast: September 26,1996