The five senses can help you interrogate your words when your descriptions seem dull (for example, you can ask yourself what something sounds like when sliced or dropped or what something tastes feels like on a cold or warm day.) I recently offered a generative, creative writing workshop at Georgetown University. Since we were meeting during lunch, I couldn't help but focus on taste. Here are the taste and senses-related materials that I shared with them and now you:
Isabel Allende’s book Aprhodite: A memoir of the senses
Diane Ackerman’s book A Natural History of the Senses
Grace Cavalieri & Sabine Pascarelli edited The Poet’s Cookbook: Recipes from Tuscany & Poems by 28 Italian and American Poets
Poet Jane Hirshfield’s essay Five Utensils of the Spirit (including two poems: Da Capo and Green-Striped Melons)
Martín Espada’s poem Coca-Cola and Coco Frío
Mark Strand’s poem Eating Poetry
What else would you add?