We crave "umami", the fifth taste. Every global cuisine has a source of umami, yet MSG, monosodium glutamate, is seen as a villain in packaged food. Join as as we discuss MSG, the flavor of Umami, and glutamic acid, which as glutamate is responsible for the delicious flavor that makes everything taste better!
This American Life Episode about the letter that gave birth to Chinese Restaurant Syndrome
Colgate Magazine's Overview of the Chinese Restaurant Syndrome Letter/Possible Hoax
Redefining Chinese Restaurant Syndrome in the NY Times
Umami Map of World Cuisine
Fermented Locust Beans