Which is grammatically correct? Are both valid? Is it perhaps regional?
- Bringing something to a boil.
- Bringing something to the boil.
I've always heard and said it "a boil" until I heard the cooks on America's Test Kitchen (Bridget Lancaster at least) commonly say "the boil". I figure a professional chef would know how to talk about boiling water, but "the boil" still sounds weird to me.
So what's the deal?
Note that "bringing" is not necessarily part of the phrase. One might say "let it come to a/the boil" or "now that it's reached a/the boil". My question is about "a boil" vs. "the boil".