Lets get one thing straight.
Although I write and have written about food, I don’t consider myself a “food writer”. However, I do my fair share of food reading. I work my way through restaurant reviews in my local paper, on yelp, and of course, food blogs.
And from all the reading I’ve noticed there are words, cliches and phrases that are so irritating and overused that they make my mouth hurt. And lest someone accuse me of casting stones, I fully admit to some of the sins listed.
Please excuse my inner history geek but weren’t “artisans” guild members, craftsmen and women who baked bread? The literal translation of the word (from Latin) means having to do with art. Art is pretty nonspecific. Is a pizza a work of art? (Dominos seems to think so). Anyhow, I’m already lost as to why all this means in the food world is that the food is probably expensive.
Anything roasted, grilled, braised, fried, steamed or done “to perfection.”
So trite, overused, and just so…..meaningless! Its like the “perfect” body. Everyone has their own opinion on what is “perfect”.
Nom, nom nom
If you have even the slightest grasp of the English language, there is absolutely no reason that you should ever, under any circumstances, use the word “nom”!
— unless you’re the cookie monster.
This word is so creepy. I hear this on cooking shows all the time! I think they’re trying to describe the texture of the food or something. Anyhow, its just plain creepy.
We all use it, including me, but here’s the thing: Just because something is homemade, or “housemade” doesn’t mean that it’s good. Yet whenever we write “homemade” or see the word on a menu, most assume that because it’s made in-house, it can’t be bad. But trust me, it can. If the guy in the kitchen made it at home, I’m not altogether sure I want it.
Gag me with a spoon.
Wow, that’s helpful. How does it taste? Well, it’s tasty. Thanks for nothing.
Anyone who writes “lip-smacking” should be bitch-slapped. Unless you write the labels for those fruity drug store chapsticks.
An incredibly annoying Rachael Ray-ism has somehow made its way into the lexicon of food writers. De-spicable!
Falling off the bone
If something is “falling off the bone,” take my word for it, that’s not a good thing.
To die for
If I want food that’s “to die for,” I’ll take my chances on the quadruple bypass burger from the Heart Attack Grill in Vegas (yes, this is a real place)…and maybe a side of “flat liner fries”.
Can we just all agree that this adjective when describing food can go straight to hell?
Especially when whatever “guilt-free” chocolate cake you’ve just consumed is simultaneously “decadent.” Our food is not on trial! Lets stop judging it.
Washed it down
The image of washing your food down with anything — ANYTHING — is just gross. I feel like its something in a rap music video. Like bikini-clad video vixens being all washed down in champagne or something.
That and “haute”. Where’s that spoon I gagged myself with earlier….
Any words you would like to add to the list? And like me, its totally acceptable if you’re guilty of using them in the past. Lets just try to refrain ourselves from doing so again.