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The Humami Hot List
A rundown of famous people with that hard to find fifth flavor, inspired by our recent obsession with a certain L.A.-based burger chain
In 1908, Japanese chemist Kikunae Ikeda named the “fifth flavor”—a deep baritone on the taste scale that’s meaty, fermented, savory and funky. A unique palate clang that Lesley Bargar Suter elegantly explains in her May profile on Adam Fleischman as “the reason (we) crave bacon. It’s why Italian grandmothers sneak anchovies into everything, and why something that smells like an old gym sock can taste like heaven.”
Umami is clearly a food lover’s staple. But for those of us who are more, shall we say, cultural omnivores, is it possible those key qualities—that savory and soulful sumpin sumpin—can apply to people?
Yes. Think of them as Humamis: Humans with umami characteristics. Those strangely alluring people who have a flavor profile that’s humming with an earthy, salty, not-quite-dirty charisma that’s hard to define—but you know it when you see it.
Here’s our fledgling effort to name famous Humamis. Feel free to suggest more in the comments section below.
Anna Paquin: Blonde Humami
Chaz Bojorquez: Street Humami
?eustlove: Hip Hop Humami
Ed Ruscha: Pop Art Humami
Wayne Coyne: Humami on Fire
Jeffrey Goldblum: Extra Tall Humami
Thom Yorke: Alt Humami
Philip Seymour Hoffman: The Actor’s Humami
Mila Kunis: Up-and-Coming Humami
Melissa McCarthy: Humami With a Sense of Humor
Lenny Kravitz: 90s Humami
Stellan and Alexander Skarsgard: Familial Humami
Dominic West: Humami With An Accent
Regina Spektor: Soulful Humami
James Franco: Overexposed Humami
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