Gustatory (adjective)


  1. relating to or associated with eating or the sense of taste.

(Ref: Merriam-Webster Online, Word of the day, 13 February 2020)

Use it in a sentence

He prepared dinner in the order in which it would be eaten. He first layered see-through waifs of prosciutto gently over halved figs, finishing with a drizzle of balsamic glaze. He nudged some crusty olive bread, still warm from the oven, towards the centre of the dish, but really it needed nothing else. Then the spaghetti. He couldn’t cook that until she arrived, but the plump cherry tomatoes and fragrant basil were ready to go. Just a few slices of garlic, a dash of salt and some good oil, and the sauce would be ready in no time. Finally, he spent a good deal of time creating a rich chocolate mousse with salted caramel sauce, candied walnuts and just a couple of raspberries for a touch of colour.

Nigel was extraordinarily pleased with his gustatory preparations. He smiled broadly, fussing with the table settings, humming quietly. She would probably guess right away – they never sat down to a three-course meal. Candlelight, flowers. All the clichés. He smirked as he flipped open the jewellery box one more time. The diamond ring glinted at him. She would forgive him the clichés.

And all the other crimes he’d committed. She had to.

He caught his breath as the doorbell rang. He paused, smoothed his hair down and pocketed the jewellery box, before he went to the door.

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