I have always been a fan of food. Especially food that I like. Now that I've gone Paleo in the last month, Paleo foods taste soo much better than they used to!
I often eat the same things from day to day and sometimes they don't taste perfect, but sometimes they are soo good that it makes me want to cry, and I wonder how I am so fortunate to have such tasty foods.
I don't over-prepare or season. I eat eggs with salt and ketchup, steamed vegetables, greek yogurt with berries, and ground meat (beef and turkey) with olive oil. (Sometimes with ginger and garlic). Even the Paleo foods that I don't eat regularly taste incredibly good. I have been having an unusually hard time stopping eating them when I am full. It can't be that I just need the nutrients, because the feeling doesn't stop after my belly feels full, and I get way more nutrients than I used to.
What makes food taste so good???
Note: In addition, many foods that are not Paleo (when I used to eat them) and are extremely unhealthy make me want to eat tons of them too (and that was when whole foods didn't taste so good). But maybe not in the same way, because now I feel good when I'm not eating them too.
I think food tastes good for the same reason sex feels good.. it's keeping the species going!
Incidentally, I did see one of those intervention shows in which a man had only eaten french fries for the past 4 years, with ketchup, because he had a rare case of incredibly sensitive taste buds, and eventually only ate french fries until the people on the show got him to try other things, and he did eventually come through, but had to stick to bland foods and textures for a while. He appeared to be in good shape, was a competitive skateboarder, but looked so pale and pasty, it was wild.
There are some foods that make me salivate just thinking about them - especially hard, sharp cheeses. There are also certain fruits, like mangos, that hit this perfect tart-sweetness balance that make my mouth feel like it is having an orgasm. It's like every cell in my mouth is going nuts for the fruit. You must be a good cook!
Hunger- exercise- they both make the food taste better.
But, remember that the processed food industry adds an overwhelming amount of stuff (from sugar to msg to "natural and artificial flavors" in an effort to keep you dependent on one or a dozen particular products. Just resensitizing after getting off of that will increase you food taste (which is more than just tongue taste buds) dramatically.
I think it scraped-off your taste buds, you would get as much pleasure from food as someone on a feeding tube. For a less-drastic approach, try the low-reward food experiment: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2011/10/case-for-food-reward-hypothesis-of.html He has several posts on this.