There are terms we have come to accept in the world of food. We got used to Emeril’s "Bam!” every time he put some spice in his dishes. Guy Fieri throws the term “
Celebrity chefs aren’t the only ones who seem to have lost the ability to describe food and cuisine with any creativity. Restaurant critics love the expression “chef-driven.” We have all fallen victim to the trite and tired adjectives and metaphors that litter our vernacular, but some of them have got to go.
Here are five that we would like to see get buried in the cemetery of overplayed food terminology.
This word sometimes makes its way into our own conversations and writings. It sometimes seems like the right word — the 21st-century version of the old familiars that food writers of the past century used to use, such as "gourmand" and "connoisseur."
But then some Yelper starts off his or her restaurant critique with “My boyfriend and I consider
4. I’m a bit of a (
This is another self-congratulatory food term that has to stop. We all know that colleague at dinner who says, “I am a bit of a sushi snob” or “I am a bit of a wine snob.” No, you’re just a snob snob.
3. Made with love
So often you hear a contestant on a cooking show or a famous chef say that they learned to cook from their mother or grandmother because they cooked with love. And, yes, we all have sentimental attachments to food made by our loved ones, especially regarding our youth. The reality is, your mom was probably making that tuna-rice medley out of financial necessity, not love. Maybe that’s why your father’s blessing at the table was, “Please make this food taste better than it looks.”
Nonna loved you, but she needed to use up the stale bread and leftover spaghetti when she served you
3. It’s money
We all know the worst offender when it comes to this term. We already mentioned his name, Guy Fieri, and for him, saying “It’s money” over and over has translated into real dollars. And we suppose when someone says a certain dish is
2. On a plate
This is another food term that seems to have become way too common. This dish is me on a plate. Chef Pierre’s food is sex on a plate. My dad’s carnitas
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1. Better Than Sex
This is our No. 1 pet peeve phrase describing food. You know what we’re talking about. You go out with friends, enjoy a nice meal and then dessert comes. There’s the one person who starts moaning into the molten chocolate lava cake and says, “This is better than sex,” while his or her mate’s face has a sad, hound-dog look.
On Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate, viewers are constantly bombarded by chefs and television personalities describing whatever decadent dishes they ate as “better than sex.” Understandably, food can be a great pleasure, but vegetables aren’t
So have some consideration for your partner, even if you find a plate of double chocolate chunk cookies more satisfying. If it’s cookie versus nookie, you might want to rethink things.