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Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way

by Molly Birnbaum

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2018-19 One Book One DU selection: Season to taste

How do individuals, from a wide range of backgrounds and value systems, become a community? This is the major challenge and greatest reward of a University campus -- learning more about yourself through your interactions and friendships with those vastly different. Through One DU One Book, the University seeks to provide a shared intellectual experience for the community to reflect on the roots of our beliefs, our aspirations, our values, and on how we can leverage our collective experiences toward the University's mission of contributing to the public good.  

The University is pleased to announce the 2018-19 One Book One DU selection: Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way by Molly Birnbaum. Season to Taste is an aspiring chef's moving account of finding her way—in the kitchen and beyond—after a tragic accident destroys her sense of smell. Not just a recovery memoir, Birnbaum researches the mechanics of smell and its connection to taste, memory, attraction, and more, which invites readers to view intellectual inquiry as a personal endeavor.

Molly Birnbaum is the executive editor of Cook's Science at America's Test Kitchen and lives in Providence, Rhode Island. She is also the recipient of the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship in Arts and Culture from Columbia Journalism School. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, and ARTnews magazine, and she writes the popular food blog My Madeline.

In the coming months, we welcome the DU community to join the incoming 2018-19 undergraduate class in reading and discussing this highly acclaimed book. Check the One Book website for related community events and discussions.

Receiving your copy of season to taste

Incoming FIRST-TIME undergraduate students: Books will be mailed out in during the week of July 9, 2018.  To confirm the address we have on file for you, please email with your name, student ID and current mailing address.  

Incoming TRANSFER students and students with INTERNATIONAL mailing addresses: You will receive an electronic copy of the book. We will utilize your DU email address to send this out in late-June.  For questions, please email