Originally Posted by spertia
I've gotta be honest, I didn't know that anyone outside of food "manufacturers" and crappy restaurants (well, and probably some not-so-crappy places too, unfortunately) used actual MSG powder. It was only fairly recently that I even noticed that jarred MSG was available at the supermarket, right with all the other dried herbs and spices. Kind of shocked me that it was available and sold that way.
It's funny. When I was a young kid my father owned a spice company, so we had at least one of every spice around. MSG was definitely part of the set, and this was the late 70s early 80s. Nobody used it at our house, though. I wouldn't be surprised to hear of it being used in molecular cuisine places, now that I think about it.