How Stress Turns Diners into Less Adventurous Eaters

What does an anxious and stressed out public enjoy eating? Simple, familiar, and approachable flavors, scientists say.

It’s well-known that moments of stress can trigger a desire for comfort foods, and chefs have responded during the pandemic by shifting their menus to homey take-out meals; just think of Alinea’s early pandemic offering of beef Wellington with mashed potatoes in Chicago or Canlis’ pandemic menu of hamburgers and ice...