Only cops hate on Monosodium Glutamate — or MSG — the white powder that’s made good food taste even doper since it was first created in 1908 by a Japanese chemist who wanted to recreate the umami quality of kombu. Despite smear campaigns that attempted to malign it as a migraine trigger, MSG has become chefs’ most powerful weapon. MSG is what makes Doritos so glorious, parmesan cheese so exquisite, and Chinese takeout so delightful.
But the most compelling part of MSG is its chameleon-like ability to make already tasty things even tastier. Not salty nor sweet, MSG is instead like a gustatory exclamation mark. It’s the hype man of flavours, the volume dial in your spice rack. It’s the thing that more things should be: Easy, effective, and helps you fast-track your trip from Point A (now, boring) to Point B (soon afterward, a good time).
Which brings us to the title of this article. In the world of fashion, there are certain items that essentially do what MSG does: they’re outfit-enhancers that make what you’ve already got on appear more stylish, without being distracting. Over time, they end up becoming a dependable wardrobe basic that, ironically, is far from predictable. …read more