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Umami: the new way to smell flavors without paying through the nose

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At Astor Center in New York City, students learn to recognize the umami flavor through a series of food samples. (Amy Tennery)

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At Astor Center in New York City, students learn to recognize the umami flavor through a series of food samples. (Amy Tennery)

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At Astor Center in New York City, students learn to recognize the umami flavor through a series of food samples. (Amy Tennery)

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At Astor Center in New York City, students learn to recognize the umami flavor through a series of food samples. (Amy Tennery)

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At Astor Center in New York City, students learn to recognize the umami flavor through a series of food samples. (Amy Tennery)

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At Astor Center in New York City, students learn to recognize the umami flavor through a series of food samples. (Amy Tennery)

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While the sale of luxury goods has tumbled in the economic downturn, foodies remain dogged in their pursuit of affordable treats. Umami, the art of savoring foods through unexpected flavor combinations and sensory deprivation, is quickly garnering popularity among bargain-hunting gourmets.


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