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"Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything. We can't talk about science, because our knowledge of it is limited and unofficial, and usually our fiction is dreadful."
- Philip K. Dick

Flavor-Fix Rheostat  
  Technology makes sure that the flavor of automatically-produced food is perfect.  

The flavor-fix rheostat is an important component of a vocalex kitchen.

With the deluxe models, of course, came a set of flavor-fix rheostats which, among other talents, could mix salads according to the recipe of a famous chef slightly better than the chef could himself.
From The Jester, by William Tenn.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1951
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Compare the flavor-fix rheostat with Spook, the soda that can be precisely programmed for a specific flavor, from Jeff Noon's 1998 novel SOLACE.

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