We have all heard that phrase ‘it was tasty.”
While the sentiment is nice, it has little effect on describing the food. When dealing with food anyone with an interest in food quality will know that there are several types of food:
How does this help my writing? I hear you ask. Well not very much, because it is hard to write these sensation into the written words without using those words. Everyone has eaten bad food and we all know why that food was bad- it was too salty, too bitter, was over cooked or under cooked. Most people don’t have the skills needed to accurately describe why the food was good.
Please note I am not going to give you those skills here, I am talking about how to write those sensations. For many people taste is a minor sense because it is linked with the sensation of smell. When we think of our favourite food we also subconsciously think of the smell. If you have not read my blog on smell I highly recommend you go back and read that found here before proceeding.
When describing food, I try to keep it simple as food rarely has more than one type of taste, unless it is at a really expensive restaurant. Also note that even if you are a major food critic and can distinguish between a roast cooked for ninety minutes and one cooked for only ninety one minutes, your character most likely cannot.
Most food has only one major flavour, and then a major descriptor. Take something simple like French Fries; they taste salty and have a mashed potato texture.
So, when you do write a scene you want to highlight what the characters are eating. Allow your readers to enjoy the flavours involved and get their mouth watering. Start with the smell, as all good cooks know to do make the food waft across their nose and then as they sink their teeth into the texture and experience the flavour, slow down the action and draw out the experience.
Pacing in a scene can make a simple dinning scene more enjoyable, but that is for another blog.
Now, this was tasty!