Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Foodie Dictionary

Well it's not exactly a foodie dictionary, but it's a book with 100 great words for foodies. John's mom sent me this book, and I love it. I know maybe half to two-thirds of the words, which makes me pretty darn pleased with myself. Some of the words seem pretty obvious. Cilantro? Nacho? Come on! There are a few words I didn't know a year ago that now seem so easy - deglaze, mandoline, aioli, roux, chiffondale, etc. I'm patting myself on the back right now.

But do you know what a teff is? An African grass with edible seeds. Gado gado? An Indonesian salad of vegetables with peanut and coconut milk sauce. Nuoc mam? Fish sauce. Bacalao? Codfish.

Well if you knew all those words then you are a fiercer foodie than me. But if you don't know these and want to learn, this is a great book for you. Or perhaps a good stocking stuffer for some gourmand in your life.


  1. I knew what bacalao was! Do I get a prize?

  2. nuoc mam = fish sauce and from what I've heard it's definitely an acquired taste....


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