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"Made with love"

blythe Dec 11, 2013 01:00 PM

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?

  1. melpy Dec 11, 2013 01:23 PM


    1. pinehurst Dec 11, 2013 01:36 PM

      Nana xoxoxo?

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        acssss Dec 11, 2013 01:49 PM


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          SamuelAt Dec 11, 2013 05:23 PM

          There is no one word.

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

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            blythe Dec 11, 2013 08:45 PM

            my friend almost insists there is a specific word.

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            1. re: blythe
              foiegras Dec 13, 2013 12:51 PM

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

              1. re: foiegras
                Bob Martinez Dec 13, 2013 01:12 PM

                I've got a guess - soulful.

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              beevod Dec 12, 2013 08:11 AM

              Does it apply to food?

              1. greygarious Dec 12, 2013 05:21 PM


                1. John E. Dec 12, 2013 08:21 PM

                  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.
                    Bob Martinez Dec 12, 2013 08:49 PM

                    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.

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                      greygarious Dec 12, 2013 09:11 PM

                      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
                        John E. Dec 12, 2013 09:38 PM

                        My opinion is about professionally made food.

                        1. re: greygarious
                          Bob Martinez Dec 13, 2013 04:42 AM

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

                      2. re: John E.
                        WNYamateur Dec 13, 2013 07:37 AM

                        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
                          John E. Dec 13, 2013 09:55 AM

                          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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                        magic Dec 16, 2013 06:20 AM


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                        1. re: magic
                          INDIANRIVERFL Dec 16, 2013 06:41 AM

                          I will take a second on soulfood.

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                          RosePearl Dec 17, 2013 01:45 AM

                          "The secret ingredient is salt." (Marge Simpson)

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                            magic Dec 17, 2013 06:22 AM


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