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100 Words
100 Words for Foodies

Americans today relish foods from nearly all of the world’s cultures, and perhaps no area of English vocabulary hails from such a wide array of languages as the words we use for the things we eat.

The 100 words in this book span the gamut of cooking and dining—from ingredients to preparation to serving. The words were selected for their interesting meanings, their delightful sounds, and their marvelous histories.

Seasoned with mouthwatering recipes and delectable notes that explain where the words come from, 100 Words for Foodies is the perfect gift for that food lover in your life.


Here is a complete list of the words in 100 Words for Foodies:


aioli
amaranth
arrabbiata
baba gannouj
bacalao
bain-marie
beignet
bialy
biryani
blanch
bruschetta
bulgogi
cardamom
ceviche
chaat
challah
chayote
chiffonade
chipotle
choucroute
cilantro
couscous
croque-monsieur
dahl
deglaze
dim sum
edamame
emulsify
epazote
falafel
farci
fenugreek
Florentine
focaccia
fufu
gado gado
galangal
ganache
garam masala
garlic
gazpacho
gravlax
gremolata
haggis
hamantasch
hominy
hoppin’ John
induction cooking
injera
julienne
junket
kecap manis
kibbeh
kimchi
lavash
linguiça
lovage
macerate
madeleine
mandoline
mezzaluna
mezze
mole
mouthfeel
nacho
nopal
nuoc mam
orzo
pawpaw
pho
piccata
pierogi
polenta
ponzu
poutine
purslane
quahog
ramekin
rissole
rouille
roux
salsa
sancocho
shawarma
soba
souvlaki
speck
tagine
tamale
tatsoi
teff
tomalley
umami
vindaloo
wasabi
waterzooi
xanthan gum
yakitori
yuca
zabaglione


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