"download my food" Flavor Survey
Thank you for tasting the jelly! Please contribute to the flavor database by filling out this survey.

Don't think too much when filling this out!

This is an edited form of: Caul, J. F. (1957). The Profile Method of Flavor Analysis. Advances in Food Research, 1–40. doi:10.1016/s0065-2628(08)60245-1. http://sci-hub.tw/10.1016/S0065-2628(08)60245-1


With modern chemistry and the introduction of technology for gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), the 20th century introduced a means of deconstructing flavor into its constituent chemicals and - with it - the vision of a chemical age. Commercial production and food chemistry helped establish a feeling that flavor had become democratized and accessible for all to taste. As a food manufacturer in Lucy Kavaler's 1963 book, The Artificial World Around Us, remarks, "There are still luxury foods, like caviar and guinea hen, but there are no longer any luxury flavors." More contemporarily, a new waves of media democratization has struck us thanks to digitization and the presence of the internet, such as last decade's "democratization of filmmaking", which enabled a low barrier of entry to produce multimedia files. Still, the internet's influence on the democratization of flavor remains elusive. No commercial analog to GC-MS exists that fits into our pockets for us to easily digitize flavor, let alone download or taste a flavor at the ease of a URL click. Most contemporary attempts at flavor digitization by the masses rely on solely audiovisual experiences (mukbangs, food blogs, cooking shows, food porn, written recipes, anecdotes) to "digitize" and "communicate" flavor.
Download my food is a flavor project that features two components. The first is an offline installation featuring vegan jellies in a mini-fridge with a computer set on top of the fridge. In an attempt to use crowd-sourcing as a means of digitizing the flavor information, visitors must try a jelly, and - while tasting - are commanded to fill out a Google Form attempting to collect information on the jelly's flavor: taste, smell, texture, etc. In turn, their submissions are gathered into a dataset that is made publicly available online. Online visitors access a webpage with a single link that reads "download my food", which triggers upon clicking the download of both the recipe as a txt file and the current version of the dataset.
Aromatic intensity rating *
Rating of the overall aromatic intensity of the jelly.
not detectable
very strong
Keywords for aroma *
Please format response as "aroma (rating)", with the rating between 1 and 5. For example, "musky (1), fruity (4)".
Flavor-by-Mouth intensity rating *
Rating of the overall flavor intensity of the jelly.
not detectable
very strong
Keywords for flavor-by-mouth *
Please format response as "flavor (rating)", with the rating between 1 and 5. For example, "bitter (1), metallic (2.5), yeasty (5)".
Intensity *
Please describe the intensity (e.g. at what time was the flavor most intense). This could include after-taste.
Did you like the flavor? *
strongly dislike
strongly like
Please describe the texture. *
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