There’s a saying that ‘You eat with your eyes first’ – the way food looks is what gets us excited. I’m not so sure. I’d proffer that in many cases, we eat with our nose, if you can excuse the bovine imagery.
I made the mistake of asking for black pepper at a trendy local restaurant the other day. The waiter was not happy. “Chef has already seasoned the dish, but I will bring some, if you like,” he responded, looking mildly pained.