Two of the nation's finest chefs were invited to NASA's Space Food Systems Laboratory by Tested.com to sample the meals served on the International Space Station. Apparently, the space dishes, which are retorted for long-term storage -- always an obstacle to flavor -- don't taste so great. David Chang, empire-builder of Momofuku, compares the crawfish etouffée to prison food, and Traci Des Jardins, whose San Francisco restaurant Jardinière is quite tasty, fares no better with tofu in mustard sauce.
This is why NASA is training potential Mars astronauts in how to cook for themselves.
Apparently the dehydrated coffee tastes OK though:
A large portion of taste is actually smell, in space there is no or little convection to bring the smells to your nose so everything tsarists bland. Astronaut foods compensate by adding more flavor sometimes to the point where on earth it would be considered gross.
I guess I'd have coffee and fruit. Come at me with yer crawdads and ther'd be trouble. Whose idea is crawdads in space?