Evertaster: The Delicious City

  • Chapter 1— A Taste of Danger

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    Twelve-year-old Guster Johnsonville tasted a barely perceptible— but unmistakable— hint of danger in his tuna fish sandwich.

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  • It lurked in silence between the relish and mayo, a blinking red blip on Guster’s radar that told him something was horribly wrong.

  • He could not have known it were there if it weren’t for the fact he was, like so few people are, an Evertaster— a remarkable boy with more taste buds on a single square inch of his tongue than there are cheese wheels in all of Wisconsin.

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    To Guster, bread was not sliced from a loaf; it was sliced from a world of experiences: the water the wheat drank, or the sun that shined on the field.

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  • Guster could taste history.

  • He could taste time.

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    He could count the wrinkles in a raisin with the tip of his tongue.

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  • The world was filled with wonderful delights and devastating disappointments, all waiting to reveal themselves.

  • But this tuna fish sandwich held so much more, and it worried him.

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    Guster

    “This sandwich tastes . . .”

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    said Guster before stopping himself.

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  • Mom looked up from the kitchen counter where she had just pulled two loaves of her famous Mabel’s Bountiful Banana Bread straight from the oven.

  • Her fists balled up inside two quilted oven mitts which she placed firmly on her chubby hips and stared down at Guster, the bun atop her head bobbing forward like an apple.

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    She raised one eyebrow.

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    Mom

    “Yes?”

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    she asked, waiting.

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    Guster

    “Delicious,”

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    Guster said, forcing a grin.

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  • He did not want her to misunderstand: it was not her sandwich-artistry, and especially not her cooking, that he questioned.