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Normans vs. Saxons: cow = beef, sheep = mutton, chicken =?

The story goes that after the Norman invasion of England, the words in English for prepared foods took on their French equivalents. The Saxon serfs bred the cows, sheep, and swine, which when served ...
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What is a word for food preferences?

What single word would you use to describe a list of food preferences, which includes: Allergies (e.g., shellfish) Sensitivities (e.g., lactose intolerance) Dislikes (e.g., Brussels sprouts) Likes ...
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Where can I find a list of synonyms and hyponyms for different food types? [closed]

I'm trying to find a list of synonyms between various food types for a programming project I am working on with searching English language phrases. I was originally going to ask this on Stack ...
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Can you call a cheeseburger a hamburger? [closed]

Can you call a cheeseburger a hamburger? I am eating self-made ones.
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What is the difference between sauce and dressing? [closed]

What is the difference between sauce and dressing? Their purpose seems to be the same.
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Word or short expression to describe basic foods as a dish ingredients (like rice, potatoes or pasta)

Is there a word or a short expression to describe such basic foods like potatoes, pasta or rice in a context of dish ingredients? So you can say for example: "Broccoli isn't usually eaten as a ...
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When to use “the” before food names

I am new to the English language and I am going to English classes. In the middle of my book, we have a lesson about foods. In this lesson, food names are explained but I do not understand something. ...
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What's the correct term for potato chips?

In school I learned to say crisps but I don't want to mix it with french fries. So what's the correct term to use, and what synonyms are there?
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Drink/eat off/from/in a cup/bowl/plate

Which combinations are you most likely to use? Do you drink from a cup? Eat something in a bowl? I got into an argument with a Welsh English speaker over this. He insisted that he drinks and eats ...
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Where and what is the well those cheap drinks come from?

In the U.S. when someone orders a 'well drink' they are typically intending to order a drink (i.e. "vodka tonic, well") with the cheapest of the liquor the bar has available Where did the "well" ...
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How to correctly say you liked some food?

Yesterday a colleague gave me a piece of cake. We are both not native English speakers, but communicate in English. She wanted to ask me if I liked it and wrote: 'Did the cake taste you?' (1) ...
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Where do we get the word “peanut”?

Alternative names, like groundnut and earthnut, make sense. In German, peanuts are called Erdn├╝sse, literally, earth nuts. Where did the word "peanut" come from, and how did it become the dominant ...
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Is there an English word meaning “snacks eaten as an accompaniment while drinking alcohol”?

I'm currently travelling in Korea and Japan and learned that both languages have words specifically for snacks that accompany alcoholic drinks, or at least go with beer and spirits such as sake or ...
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A “Decadent” Cheesecake?

Is the adjective "decadent" suitable to be used in the context "a decadent cheesecake"?
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Is there a version of brunch for a meal between dinner and lunch?

Brunch has become quite a common word in the English language. Is there a similar word for a meal in place of dinner and lunch? (A phrase will also do).
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Is it “dressing” if I cooked my “stuffing” outside of the turkey?

I've always cooked my Thanksgiving stuffing without actually putting it inside the turkey. Does it have to be stuffed into the turkey to be called stuffing?
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Etymology of “Spaghetti and gravy”

In Nero Wolfe "Before I die", the gangster's sidekick asks for spaghetti and gravy. After Wolfe's chef Fritz prepares him spaghetti with the type of gravy used for roast beef, it turns out that the ...