The Perfect Bite

The Perfect Bite

Focus on Flavor

Susan Belsinger


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What is the perfect bite? When I cook or eat, I look for a balance of flavor in a dish, or in a combination of foods. It might combine all of the aspects together—sweet, sour, salty, bitter, umami, and sometimes pungent or aromatic. “The perfect bite” is how I describe profound flavor—a balance of tastes on the palate—many of these are traditional dishes or family comfort foods. These might include herbs or spices, which add flavor. I am passionate about this approach to cooking and eating. I grow many of my own vegetables, herbs and greens, buy locally, eat seasonally and organically—this is the way that I like to eat. Anyone who likes to eat good food will appreciate this book with over 200 recipes that feature flavor at its best. The stories surrounding them create a kind of comfort food/flavortherapy story. “Flavortherapy” is a term I coined to describe how each recipe satisfies me in a different way; some make me feel happy, while others stimulate me, or make me want to take a nap. Just as aroma works in aromatherapy, flavor works in flavortherapy. There are specific foods that we desire because they make us feel good. Each individual can use flavortherapy to make their own perfect bites.


Susan Belsinger:
Susan Belsinger lives an herbal life, whether she is gardening, foraging, botanizing, photographing, teaching, researching, writing or creating recipes for the kitchen or apothecary—she is passionate about all things herbal, gardening and cooking. Referred to as a “flavor artist,”, Susan delights in kitchen alchemy—the blending of seasonal harmonious foods, herbs, and spices—to create real, flavorful food and libations, that are sensual celebrations, nourish our bodies and spirits and titillate our senses. Find Susan at