Saw this term used a number of times in Joy of Cooking and so I looked in the index but there was no definition for it. I had always assumed it meant "hot" because there is this Piquant sauce I have that is somewhat hot but looking at the Joy of Cooking this cannot be so. I mean the way they used the term seemed to exclude a pure hot taste.
okay that sort of makes sense given the context that it was used. I cant remember exactly but they said something like savory, sweet, piquant and bitter or something like that and I was trying to figure out what it meant.