Annotated story

Storygram: Maria Konnikova’s “Altered Tastes”


Maria Konnikova is the author of two New York Times bestsellers and a contributing writer for The New Yorker. Her story about the up-and-coming science of neurogastronomy (the study of “how the mind combines the disparate biological and evocative forces that create flavor”) was included in the Best American Science and Nature Writing. This annotation was done by Molly Birnbaum. The Storygram series, in which professional writers annotate award-winning stories to illuminate what makes a great science story great, was a joint project of The Open Notebook and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. It was supported by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.


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Maria Konnikova

Published By:

The New Republic


February 15, 2016

Annotated by:

Molly Birnbaum