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Nose Dive: A Field Guide to the World's Smells - Used Like New

Nose Dive: A Field Guide to the World's Smells - Used Like New

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Nose Dive: A Field Guide to the World's Smells

Ever wonder why fresh-baked cookies make you feel warm and fuzzy? Or why a whiff of rain on asphalt transports you to a cozy day indoors? "Nose Dive: A Field Guide to the World's Smells" by Harold McGee takes you on an adventurous journey through the invisible yet magical world of scents. Prepare to dive deep into the science of smell, exploring everything from the stinky to the sublime.

Imagine being a smell detective, unraveling the mysteries of odors from everyday life to the exotic corners of the globe. This book turns the mundane act of smelling into a fascinating exploration. 🌸🕵️‍♂️

What's Inside?

McGee's guide isn't just about pleasant fragrances. It's about understanding the entire spectrum of smells, even those we might find unpleasant. He delves into the chemistry of odors, explaining why certain smells evoke specific memories or feelings. From the aroma of freshly cut grass to the pungent scent of cheese, this book covers it all.

You’ll learn about:
  • The historical significance of different smells
  • How animals perceive odors differently than humans
  • The surprising science behind our favorite (and least favorite) scents

Meet the Author

Harold McGee is a master of food and sensory science. Known for his engaging and witty writing style, McGee brings a blend of humor and expertise that makes complex science easy to understand. His passion for the subject is infectious, making "Nose Dive" a delightful read.

Featured Smells

  1. Fresh Bread: Why does this smell make us feel at home? Discover the science behind this comforting aroma.
  2. Wet Earth: Explore the smell of rain and the unique compound called petrichor that causes it.
  3. Citrus Fruits: Learn about the refreshing and energizing smells of lemons and oranges and their impact on our mood.

A Reader's Perspective

"I never thought I'd be fascinated by the smell of rotting fish or skunk spray, but McGee's writing made me curious about every scent. This book changed the way I think about my nose and what it can do. It's a must-read for anyone interested in the hidden world of smells!" - Sarah K.

Key Features

  • In-depth Exploration: Dive deep into the world of smells with scientific insights.
  • Engaging Narratives: Enjoy McGee's humorous and accessible writing style.
  • Comprehensive Guide: Covers a wide range of odors, from the everyday to the extraordinary.


  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Number of Pages: 688

Embark on this sensory adventure with "Nose Dive." It's not just a book; it's a journey through the scents that shape our world. Dive in and discover the amazing stories behind every sniff! 🌍📚

Ready to take the plunge into the world of smells? Grab your copy today and start your olfactory adventure!
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