Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way by Molly Birnbaum was the March Kitchen Reader selection and was chosen by chosen by Katherine Martinelli.
Molly Birnbaum’s Season to Taste has been on my “to read” list for ages, so I was thrilled to see it on the reading list for the Kitchen Reader this month.
The book examines Birnbaum’s experience with losing her sense of smell after a traumatic car accident. As she struggles to come to terms with a an odorless world, she dives headfirst into learning as much as she can about how smell and aromas work and how to regain her sense of smell. With all the scientific studies and interviews, the book had the potential to be dry, but Birnbaum’s personal narrative, artfully woven into the story, broke up the research and kept the pace of the book moving. She clearly put a lot of time and research into this book, taking many of the tests and examinations she learned about herself, so she was able to include her own thoughs on much of the research. In the end, it is not clear how she slowly regained her sense of smell, but then, I don’t think anyone really knows.
Overall, I give this memoir 4 stars out of 5.
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