Hey i am searching for a word, which fits the meaning i want to spread. It is about recipes that are unusual and fancy.. So they are more sophisticated and more awesome than other recipes.

I am from germany and not sure which word fits the best..

Something like Fancy Recipes, does that work or is it uncommon?

thanks a lot

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    Why not use "sophisticated"? If not elaborate is quite fitting for a sophisticated and fancy recipe. – None Mar 18 '14 at 11:54
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    Gourmet perhaps? – user15851 Mar 18 '14 at 11:56
  • sophisticated would work, but i don't want it to sound too difficult but more tasty and special.. Gourmet would be an option :) – Marc Ster Mar 18 '14 at 12:00
  • There's 'Fabulous Recipes' but that gets used a lot. – Neil W Mar 18 '14 at 12:04
  • You mean recipes like this? amazon.co.uk/The-Extraordinary-Cookbook-Friends-Forget/dp/… – Leon Conrad Mar 18 '14 at 12:05

if you use a word like gastronomy you'll find stuff that definitely matches your criteria...but maybe too specific

unusual & fancy for sure though

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    Gastronomy (or rather gastronomic for an adjective) does not necessarily imply fancy and/or sophisticated or unusual. Gastronomy is just "the study of food", it sometimes focuses on "gourmet" cuisine. I suspect "gourmet" was the word you were looking for, not gastronomy. – None Mar 18 '14 at 12:43
  • Yeah...but have a try searching gastronomy + recipes - most of the recipes that use gastronomy in their description have to do with "molecular gastronomy" (or are copycats that think molecular gastronomy is super fancy and appealing - and want their recipes to stand out in the same way) – user3306356 Mar 18 '14 at 12:56

When describing food, something special, exotic, unique, and wonderful is gourmet.


Usually if done at a restaurant or at home they are considered family recipes.

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