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Food Republic's 100 Culinary Terms

Interesting list of lesser known cooking words and terms. I thought I had a pretty big mental food glossary, but I think there are at least 30 here I hadn't heard of: http://www.foodrepublic.com/2012/10/1...

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  1. Thanks, ninrn. That's cool.

    1. Learned quite a few new terms.

      1. Surprised by how many of the terms I didn't know. Thanks for posting.

        Might point out that the definitions of some of the terms I do know aren't super accurate though.

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        1. re: cowboyardee

          I noticed that, too. Weird that they didn't work a little harder on that part.

        2. Wow, I feel kind of dumb now. That's a lot of words I didn't know.

          1. Let me use one in a sentence: cleptobiosis is a constant problem when I go out to dinner with friends. I wish they'd just eat what they ordered.

            In any case, pretty broad to call them "culinary": is "weakfish" really a culinary term? (A fish named for its inability to intimidate or beat up any other fish!)

            So is a "weakling" a weakfish cod?

            1. It is an interesting list.

              I don't know what Food Republic is, but some of their definitions are wrong. Quenelle and Raclette are two that stood out to me.

              1. They forgot one of my absolute favorite cooking terms: BAIN-MARIE
                I love it for its combination of elegance and cuteness.

                1. I also didn't know that a hootenanny was an Amish puffy pancake. I thought a hootenanny was a kind of party, sort of like a hullaballoo ( a lot of noise).

                  1. I felt slightly... short changed?

                    I'm sure there are thousands of Japanese words for kinds of fish that I don't know.
                    I'm sure there are thousands of Medieval words for everything that I don't know.
                    I'm sure there are thousands of non-English words for indigenous foods that I don't know.

                    However, I did know a few on the list [as noted by others] which have different definitions.

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                    1. re: Kris in Beijing

                      I think this is just a list of terms that are "trending" (somewhere).

                    2. You should consider hiring the Chewettes as background singers!

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                      1. Farctate. My new word for Scrabble.

                        1. my faves:




                          and that really long dutch word

                          but weakfish - "Weakfish (n.) – A fish named for its inability to intimidate or beat up any other fish."

                          that sounds BOGUS. like, "hey. i'm gonna slip a joke into my list" kind of bogus. if it is real, then it is hilarious!

                          oh, and "shigging"??? LOL (what possibly is the etymology of that one?). (stealth+hijack+cooking)? can't figure the "g" part. reminds me of "shagging." the word, that is. ha! i guess they could be considered analogous -- after a fashion. someone is getting screwed. (whoops, did i just say that?).

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                          1. re: alkapal

                            You're right, alkapal. The weakfish definition is a joke. The ever-reliable Wikipedia says "The origin of its name is based on the weakness of the mouth muscles, which often cause a hook to tear free, allowing the fish to escape."

                            Don't much care for that definition either, but I guess it's brought to you by the same sensitive seafaring souls who called the Right Whale the Right Whale because it's the right one to kill. Apparently its corpse floats, making maritime butchering easier.

                            I love 'shigging'. What I read was that there was a competitive BBQ team called Shigs in Pit who had a reputation for sneaking into their rival teams' cook sites and stealing samples to know how to tweak their own sauce to win. It seems like otherwise decent, sane people get very aggressive and underhanded when it comes to competitive barbecue.

                            1. re: ninrn

                              shigs in pit -- brilliant name, then!

                            2. re: alkapal

                              As ninrn notes, that was a joke. The terms all link to fuller descriptions/explanations.

                              As to the "shigging" etymology you suggest, sounds solid to me . . . .

                            3. Actually weakfish is a name used for a fish in the drum family. The tissue in it's mouth is weak so hooks can become loose letting the fish escape.

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                              1. re: meatn3

                                Or worse you reel in just half a jaw.

                                1. re: MGZ

                                  Or worst of all, you live what remains of your life with half your jaw gone or a big hole in your face. Swimming in salt water. With sharks.

                                  1. re: ninrn

                                    it shall be renamed the "bullied fish"

                              2. I have not read the entire list, but one of the terms caught my eye.

                                Burbot (n.) – A slimy, eel-shaped fish that goes by many names.

                                In Minnesota, we call burbot "eelpout". They are mostly caught through the ice and they are the only freshwater fish in North America that spawn during the winter when the lakes are covered with ice.

                                If anyone finds themselves in northern Minnesota in February, the International Eelpout Festival is a party that should not be missed.


                                1. Trust but verify.

                                  Weakfish is also known as the spotted sea trout here in Florida.

                                  And I had no clue on about 36 of the terms.