I just discovered The Secrets of Food. I started watching episode 2, but I think I should probably watch them in order. I had never heard of of the word umami, although Jay often talks about some foods as having a savory taste. I didn't know that our tongue can differentiate only five basic tastes. Wikipedia does mention there are ten other sensations a tongue can detect. That's a lot of sensory input. It's no wonder I enjoy eating so much!
I do realize how spoiled I am. With kitchen cupboards full of exotic spices and Jay creating the meals, I get many more tastes than an average guy here. Our basic lunch plates always looks like the one in this picture, although the precise combinations on the plate are different every single day!