Trisha Yearwood Reveals She Still Can’t Taste or Smell: ‘Food Is Kind of Different Now’

by Jennifer Shea

Country star Trisha Yearwood is missing her sense of taste and smell. After the singer and cookbook author came down with COVID-19 in February, she started noticing a difference in how her morning coffee tasted.

Yearwood told Kelly Clarkson on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” this Tuesday that her sense of taste and smell vanished roughly five days after she got the virus. It first became apparent when she had a cup of coffee from her husband, country star Garth Brooks.

“I’m like, ‘I love you, but this is weak coffee,’” Yearwood said, per PopCulture. “It was just like that.”

It’s been nearly two months since Yearwood lost her sense of taste and smell. But if she’s angry over the development, she’s not showing it. In fact, she appears to be taking a more quizzical approach to the loss.

“Food is kind of different right now,” she told Clarkson. “It’s really weird – I think this is how normal people eat. They eat when they’re hungry, this is my theory, and then they stop when they’re full.”

Trisha Yearwood Has a Cooking Show

The Georgia native has her own cooking show on the Food Network, “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen,” on which she shares her favorite family recipes. Amid a landscape of professionally trained chefs, it took guts for Yearwood to launch her own show as a home cook.

Still, her knack for cooking comes with its downsides. Yearwood told Parade last month that she has struggled with a penchant for unhealthy food.

“My weakness is decadent food,” she admitted. “Sometimes I do great; sometimes I don’t. I have the blessing and curse of being a pretty good cook, so I can make all the decadent things. But I also challenge myself to make the healthier things taste good. I love to roast a huge pan of root vegetables. Butternut squash, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, carrots. The more you roast a vegetable, the sweeter and more caramelized it gets. I make a big pot of rice or risotto to go with that. That’s comfort food for us and will last a while.”

But Trisha Yearwood learned from her mother, who passed away in 2011, that food shouldn’t be stressful. And she’s brought that attitude to her cooking show.

“I’m a home cook like my mom,” Yearwood said. “She always said, ‘The worst thing that can happen is [the meal] doesn’t work out—and then you can always order pizza. Don’t stress over it.’ She gave me confidence to give things a shot, and I’ve become a better cook over the years because of that.”

And hopefully, with what she’s learned from her bout with the virus, Yearwood will find it easier to make healthy choices when she does get her sense of taste and smell back.