Here’s Michael Paterniti’s description after tasting an artisanal cheese in The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese:
Oh, it was a strong cheese, a Herculean cheese, you could tell that immediately, tangy and tart, melting and then flaring again.
With the first crumble it spread slowly, in lava flow, across the palatal landscape, tasting of minerals and luscious buttercream, of chamomile and thyme. . . . A gustatory alert went up and my whole mouth was watering and alive, awakened from Van Winkle slumber and emergency-ready.
Notice how he unifies his description around volcanic images.
Describing how something tastes is called gustatory imagery, just in case you wanted to know.
Now it’s your turn: Choose something that tastes amazing or horrible and then write a paragraph about how it tastes. Be specific. Go over the top, if you wish, or use an image to unify your description just as Paterniti did with the volcanic images. Make your readers desire a piece of it or want to run from it.
Copyright © 2015 by Sharon Watson
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