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"Made with love"

I am stumped - is there a word that means "made with love"? A friend insists there is . . . but I cannot think of one. Can anyone help?

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        1. There is no one word.

          What's wrong with "Made with love"? :-)

          1. my friend almost insists there is a specific word.

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            1. re: blythe

              Then we need your friend to tell us what it is.

            2. Does it apply to food?

                1. The first time I remember hearing this phrase with any frequency was on Top Chef 5 from Carla. It drove me nuts. My attitude is don't make food 'with love', make some good food. Bad food 'made with love' is still bad food. I really disliked Carla on TC 5 because of this and my attitude did not change until Top Chef All-Stars.

                  I don't wish to eat 'sexy' food. Make some good food and leave most of the adjectives in your head.

                  (These comments are not directed at the OP, it's just my opinion and/or quirkiness.)

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                  1. re: John E.

                    I agree completely. Made with love says a whole lot more about the diner than it does about what's on the plate. It's a form of magical thinking. It fogs the mind and the palate.

                    1. re: Bob Martinez

                      John E and Bob M, it sounds like you don't subscribe to the idea that it's the thought that counts. Nobody looks forward to eating poorly-made food, but when it's made by someone who's making it for you because they love you, it should be appreciated, IMO.

                      1. re: greygarious

                        My opinion is about professionally made food.

                        1. re: greygarious

                          If I'm paying for my meal, it's the food that counts.

                      2. re: John E.

                        Ever since I started hearing "made with love", I figured that it was my own shortcoming that I couldn't get my head around it. Now, maybe not.

                        OTOH, I keep hearing it from some pretty substantial culinary heavyweights, on TC & elsewhere.

                        1. re: WNYamateur

                          I think this concept helped Nick win a recent EC on Top Chef 11, but at least he did not say it. I don't care if someone loves cooking a dish, I just don't care to hear it presented that way.

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