Saturday, December 16, 2006

Food Jargon of the Day: The Piggy Confessional

Coined by Sara Dickerman to describe a growing sub-genre of food writing. "In the piggy confessional, a dead pig—usually killed, butchered, or eaten by the author—provokes a meditation on the ethics and aesthetics of eating." Examples of piggy confessional writing can be found in The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan; Pig Perfect by Peter Kaminsky; and Heat by Bill Buford.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Food Jargon Alert: EVOO

EVOO, an acronym for Extra Virgin Olive Oil popularized by Rachel Ray, will appear in the next issue of the Oxford American College Dictionary. According to Chow.Com, the entry will read: “EVOO: abbr. extra-virgin olive oil.”

Food Jargon of the Day: Make Room for the Beer Cellar

Age-worthy Beers
High-alcohol beers (8% to 15% alcohol) that improve with age. According to the LA Times, examples of age-worthy beers include strong-brewed ales, barley wines, abbey ales, saisons, bières de garde, Christmas ales and Anheuser-Busch's vintage-dated Brew Masters' Private Reserve.

A non-alcoholic cocktail or "mock" cocktail.

Drinking Chocolates
Hot chocolate made with high-end ingredients and definitely not powdered mixes. Also known as European Drinking Chocolates.