The secret to my amazing chili?
A quarter-cup of Worcestershire sauce.
Why is Caesar salad dressing so good?
Parmesan cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and (I hope!) anchovies.
I spent years loving umami-rich foods without understanding why. It’s a natural flavor common in many foods and cuisines, but if you don’t know it’s there, it’s hard to incorporate in your own cooking.
The WSJ has an excellent overview, and you’ll find more information and recipes at the Umami Information Center. My rule of thumb? There aren’t many dishes you won’t improve with either parmesan cheese or Worcestershire sauce.