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    NYT on MSG and Umami

    By Jennifer 8. Lee | March 8, 2008

    Julia Moskin has a lovely explanatory piece on MSG in Wednesday’s Times. (Sorry for delay, but book craziness). I do touch on MSG and the concept of umami, the fifth taste, in my book in the soy sauce trade wars chapter.

    I use MSG in my cooking sometimes. We call it weijing. China is actually a net importer of MSG, from Japan, if I remember correctly

    Amazing how aware Americans are of MSG. Stephen Colbert actually said his interview of me would feature a lot of MSG: “Me Shouting at Guest.” Luckily this turned out not to be true.

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