Good morning. 

I'm not terribly keen on anything that has a very strong taste. Strong coffee or tea, or even squash, spoils a good drink for me, and the raw material lasts much longer when less is used. But I do appreciate that there are people who like their drinks to taste.

Over the past few years our shops and High Streets have developed more global commodities, and increased the range of our eating experience. We of­ten try different breads at home, and I wonder what these odd fruits and vegetables that appear in supermarkets taste like. I just haven't the courage to try them. There are many foods that are eaten with relish by my children, that I wouldn't touch, taste or even smell. They are almost impossible to feed with a plate of proper, sensible vegetables!

Our tongues taste different things in different places, and our sense of taste is often affected by the way we feel. A cold in the head can remove our sense of taste and consequently our appetite.

Taste depends a great deal on sight and smell. Something that looks or smells unappetising is almost sure to taste so, and different cultures have different expectations of food.

The psalmist said, "O, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him." That is comfort food indeed.

Pippa Cook