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Food For Thought: Sniff, Memory!

Nothing evokes memory like smells. NancyLeson says one whiff of mint, and she's suddenly 6 again.  My ticket to 6 is a strong snort off a box of Crayolas.  Try it sometime.

One of my favorite food smell memories is that of the sizzling minute steaks in the highly air-conditioned Corky's, a North Miami eatery of my '50s childhood.  Another is of onion soup exhaust-fanned onto a freezing Quebec street.  That aroma grabbed me by the nose and dragged right in for a hot bowlful.  I guess I've just got a thing for warm food in cold environments.  Not always, though.

One of my least favorite would be the smell of boiling seal meat.  But that's a story for another day.  

What are your most and least favorite food smell memories?

"A nose that can see is worth two that can sniff."  -- Eugene Ionesco

This story originally aired May 8, 2013

Dick Stein joined KNKX in January 1992. He retired in 2020 after three decades on air. During his storied radio career, he hosted the morning jazz show, co-hosted and produced "Food for Thought" with Nancy Leson and wrote and directed the Jimmy Jazzoid live radio musical comedies and 100 episodes of Jazz Kitchen.