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Lisa Katzenberger / January 7, 2010 11:47 AM

Beer and pizza.

Andrew Huff / January 7, 2010 11:50 AM

Inspired, if you couldn't guess, by Roger Ebert's beautiful post.

I think coffee and chocolate would be mine. Oh, and pineapple.

jennifer / January 7, 2010 12:18 PM

I would be very, very sad if I could never again eay a Sultan's falafel sandwich.

Felicia / January 7, 2010 1:35 PM

Kim Chee

Cinnamon / January 7, 2010 1:50 PM

I admire him for finding the positive in this experience but I think I would be so heart-broken. I get depressed when I'm sick and can't taste food normally. Sushi would be at the top of my list, but I would miss everything.

Carrie / January 7, 2010 2:09 PM

corn, mashed potatoes, avocados and mushrooms. wine, vodka and water, just plain ol' water round out the beverages.

Meems / January 7, 2010 2:19 PM

Wine, french fries, steak and fried chicken

Leelah / January 7, 2010 2:53 PM

Like Cinnamon, I would be heartbroken at losing the ability to eat or drink.

Tea (with milk and sugar) and cheese. I can't imagine never tasting either of these again.

A. Lewellen / January 7, 2010 3:36 PM

I really couldn't say. Eating is truly one of life's great pleasures. Different foods in different seasons, prepared with passion satisfy the soul, that said, there is no one thing I would miss, I would miss it all.

Mr. D Plus / January 7, 2010 5:05 PM

Oddly, on a par with pineapples: Kalamata olives.

fluffy / January 7, 2010 7:11 PM

Coffee, gin, melon and fresh bread.

kelly / January 7, 2010 11:02 PM

I had literally just read that Ebert post before seeing this thread.
Coffee, orange juice. plain pasta with parmesan. Root beer.

kelly / January 7, 2010 11:03 PM

also- I work in oncology and see a lot of patients who have this side effect with chemo/radiation. Thankfully it usually abates over time, but is pretty common for many people. Just another reason to appreciate the little things.

cliff / January 8, 2010 8:26 AM

Probably won't come as a surprise to anyone, but Bourbon and Bacon.

Mucky Fingers / January 8, 2010 10:47 AM

Pizza, coffee, spicy Doritos, Coca Cola, sauteed green beans, turkey sandwiches. Most of all, I would really miss drowning all my meals in HOT SAUCE.

Monica Reida / January 8, 2010 12:40 PM

Brie, couscous, and tea of all varieties.

Kelly Reaves / January 8, 2010 12:59 PM

I second fried chicken. And cheese. Not so much together, though.

Steven / January 8, 2010 1:18 PM

Cocoa. I put it in everything: bread, cake, coffee, chili, jambalaya, meatloaf, red beans & rice. I'm tellin' ya, it's nature's viagra. Oh, & it MUST be Droste's. Van Houten is OK but anything other than Dutch cocoa is a waste of time. Don't even start about that overpriced crap from San Fran. Yeah, if I couldn't have cocoa I'd probably go postal.

flange / January 8, 2010 1:40 PM

i know a man who, some three decades ago, lost his tongue (much of his mouth) to cancer. despondent before the surgery, he was soon delighted to learn that since so much of flavor is via scent, he continues to enjoy food and wine thoroughly, even if it's just whatever someone else is eating and drinking. i would try to take solace and inspiration from his experience. that said, yeah, purty much everything, but if i had to pull out a few, they'd be paulina market's smoked duck breasts, rioja wine, good coffee, and strawberries.

matt / January 8, 2010 10:17 PM

coffee and bagels

mike-ts / January 9, 2010 6:49 AM

It's not the enjoyment of a particular food or drink per se, but the idea that I can't tell that the milk went sour, the bread is stale or maybe a bit moldy, the chicken is way underdone and will make me hurl at such a raw state, etc.

Just think of how much you rely on smell/taste for basic food safety. Every meal is then Russian roulette with food poisoning, or at least stomach upset leading to diarrhea or vomiting.

PMan / January 9, 2010 2:33 PM

Many, many things. Scotch Whisky, fine cheese, whipped cream and the molten chocolate cake that I learned to make last year would be at the top of the list.

paul / January 10, 2010 10:52 AM

Mostly beer and chicken.

Somebody told me you can 'taste' certain flavors if given through an IV. Maybe that would help if it works (though I'm sure beer through an IV is not a good idea).

Kelly / January 10, 2010 10:13 PM

Macaroni and Cheese!!!

beth / January 10, 2010 10:18 PM

Coffee and Camembert Cheese.

Tracie / January 11, 2010 11:04 AM

Cherry Pie, Sauternes, Fried Chicken, Steak Tacos

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