Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A List of Smells and Tastes


Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms. She writes weird books for teens in lots of weird genres like, fantasy (Blood of Kings trilogy), science fiction (Replication), and dystopian (The Safe Lands trilogy). Find Jill on FacebookTwitterPinterest, or on her author website.

It's another crazy busy week in the life of Jill. We are heading out to Salt Lake Comic Con in the middle of the night tonight/tomorrow, so I've been frantic as I prepare. This year, the whole family is going, so that will be a lot of fun. I'll post pictures next week.

I'm a list girl, and as a writer, I've made lists of just about everything you can think of. Recently I've made lists of smells and tastes to try and add interesting things into my writing. I thought this list might be useful to you whether you're describing food, a building, outdoors, or an underground cave. I think I have more food-like words than other smells, and I'm sure I'm missing a TON of words. There are just so many great words out there. If you see any that I'm missing, write them in the comments and I'll add them to the list.

To print out a nice, two-page copy of this list, click here.

a la king
a la mode
acidic
acrid
aftertaste
aged
airy
al dente
alcoholic
alkaline
almondy
ambrosial
antiseptic
aromatic
artificial
astringent
au fromage
au gratin
au jus
balmy
balsamic
barbecued
battered
béarnaise
bite-size
biting
bitter
bittersweet
blackened
blanched
bland
blended
bold
Bolognese
brackish
braised
brewed
briny
brittle
broiled
browned
bubbly
burning
burnt
buttery
cacciatore
candied
canned
caramelized
carbonated
caustic
chalky
charred
cheesy
chewy
chili
chilled
chipotle
chocolatey
choice
chopped
chowdery
citrusy
comforting
condensed
condiment
cool
course
creamed
creamy
creole
crispy
crumbly
crunchy
crusty
crystalized
cuisine
curdled
cured
curried
damp
dank
dash
decadent
deglaze
dehydrated
delectable
delicate
delicious
delightful
deviled
diluted
disgusting
distasteful
distinctive
divine
doughy
drenched
dripping
drizzled
dry
dry-roasted
dulcet
dull
dusted
earthy
edible
eggy
enjoyable
enticing
evaporated
exquisite
fatty
feathery
fermented
fibrous
fiery
filling
fine
fishy
fizzy
flakey
flambé
flat
flavored
flavorful
flavorless
Florentine
floury
flowery
fluffy
foul
fragrant
freeze dried
fresh
fricasseed
fried
frosty
frozen
fruity
full-bodied
full-flavored
gamey
garlicky
gaseous
gelatinous
gingery
glazed
glopy
glossy
gluteny
gooey
grainy
granulated
grated
gratifying
greasy
griddled
grilled
gritty
hardboiled
harsh
heady
healthy
hearty
heavy
herbaceous
herbal
homogenized
honeyed
hors d’oeuvre
hot
hot sauce
icy
infused
intense
inviting
juicy
julienne
kick
kosher
laced
laden
lean
lemony
light
limp
lip-smacking
liquid
low-fat
lumpy
luscious
lusty
malodorous
malty
marinated
mashed
mature
mealy
meaty
medicinal
medium
mellow
melty
messy
metallic
microwaved
mild
mildewed
milky
minced
minty
mixed
moist
moldy
mouth-watering
muddy
mushy
musky
musty
nasty
natural
nauseating
nectarous
nourishing
noxious
nuked
nutritious
nutty
odoriferous
odorless
oily
oniony
oozing
organic
overpowering
overripe
palatable
pan-fried
parboiled
parched
pasteurized
pasty
penetrating
peppery
perfumed
perishable
pickled
piney
piping
piquant
plain
pleasant
potent
powdered
powdery
preserved
puffy
pulpy
pungent
puréed
putrid
rancid
rank
rare
raw
redolent
reeking
refreshing
relish
rich
ripe
roasted
robust
rosy
rotten
rubbery
ruined
runny
saccharine
saline
salted
salty
sapid
saporous
saturated
sautéed
savory
scalded
scented
scorched
scrambled
scrumptious
seared
seasoned
sharp
shredded
sickly
silky
simmering
sizzling
skimmed
skunky
slathered
sliced
slimy
slivered
smelly
smoky
smooth
smothered
snappy
soaked
sodden
soft
soft-boiled
soggy
sordid
soupy
sour
sparkling
spicy
spirited
spoiled
spongy
spread
sprinkled
stagnant
stale
starchy
steamy
stench
stewed
sticky
stiff
stinging
stinky
stringy
strong
stuffed
subdued
succulent
sugar-coated
sugary
sulphury
sweaty
sweet
sweet-and-sour
sweetish
syrupy
tainted
tangy
tantalizing
tart
tasteless
tasty
tempting
tender
tepid
texture
thick
titillating
toasted
toothsome
tough
umami
unflavored
unsalted
unsavory
unseasoned
vanilla
velvety
vicious
vinegary
warm
watery
well-done
wet
whipped
wholesome
wild
wilted
woody
yeasty
yucky
yummy
zesty
zingy
zippy

9 comments:

  1. Wow, this is great! I love to describe tastes, so this will give me some extra fodder. Thanks for the list and have a great time at Comic Con!

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  2. This is exactly what I needed! Thanks :D

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  3. This is the perfect list! Just what I needed. I always have a hard time coming up with words to describe smells and tastes so this will be very beneficial!

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  4. AWESOME! I will use this!!!! This is ironic and kinda weird since I'm listening to a song about someone eating a tarantula ...

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  5. Thanks for the list! (and I didn't mention this on your blog, but I LOVE Rend Collective and For King and Country! Their music is just so good) Have fun and good luck at Comic-Con!!

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  6. tangy is a nice word to describe taste. Coppery is a word often used in describing smell. Good luck at the Comic-con.

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