We all know that appetite is a fully sensorial experience. Sight and smell might be obvious precursors for pleasurable eating (who can resist the smell of buttery popcorn or the gorgeous display of plated sushi?), but one that may be a bit more subtle — if not insidious — is sound. What’s your aural catnip, so to speak? That is, sounds that make you hungry or excited to eat or cook. Maybe it’s the crinkly sound of a new bag of chips, or the crack of a soda or beer can tab opening. It may be something quieter, like the clink of a teaspoon stirring a cup of coffee, or the telltale creak when the oven (or fridge!) door opens and closes.
We asked around America’s Test Kitchen for what perks up their ears. Here are a sampling:
Sizzle, whether you’re cooking on tri-ply, cast-iron, or on the grill. If you don’t hear that sizzle the moment you make contact, you need to turn up the heat.
Toss up between bacon sizzling in a pan and a drip coffee maker gurgling to life. Even on a rainy Sunday morning both make me feel like getting out of bed has more pros than cons.
Popping, sizzling bacon. No other sound can assure me with greater certainty that something delicious is about to happen.
When I get awakened by an egg sizzling on a hot pan, I know that it’s Saturday morning and eggs and grits will be waiting for me when I get to the kitchen table. I can’t wait to get out of bed.
And now for the Silly Question of the Day…
What sounds make you hungry?
Leave your silly answer in the comments!
(Photo: Robert S. Donovan)