Want some lovin’? Avoid Chinese cheese and cherries…

Ever noticed how Italian, Mexican all food tastes better with melted cheese?  Well, there is one exception–can you imagine adding cheese to Chinese food? You just recoiled, didn’t you?  Well, given that, this is telling (NYT):

There are striking differences among cultures in what kind of food is viewed as pleasurable. Rachel S. Herz, an expert in the psychology of smell, wrote in her book “The Scent of Desire” (William Morrow, 2007) that “Asians consider the smell of cheese to be hideous, yet westerners regard it as anything from comfort food to sumptuous indulgence.

Another interesting tidbit:

the aroma of cherries caused a sharp drop in excitation among women, as did the smell of meat cooked over charcoal.

Guess we’ll have to scrap the romantic charcoal smoked cherry glazed ribeye for Sunday…

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5 Responses

  1. The article says pumkin pie and lavendar turn men on…..yeah maybe 75 year old men who’s wives smell like potpurri.

  2. I am all over the charcoal and cherries! They both smell like summer to me. Nothing is more of a turn on than summer!

  3. Every day. Every day.

  4. […] Alas…no cherries Posted on February 17, 2010 by The Unqualified Economist We documented cherries’ supposed inverse effect on the female sex drive here. […]

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