Daily Archives: December 20, 2011

Cooking Verbs & Redundancies


The ridiculous language of TV foodie people


How, when, why, and by whose authority did these food-prep terms become acceptable and commonplace…?


– chop UP

– cut UP

– mince UP

– slice UP

– saute UP

– bake OFF

– reduce DOWN

– cool OFF

– heat UP

– stir UP


What in the world do "up," "off," and "down" contribute to the action? They're simply directional words; not verbs. Why not "sideways"?


…and these words become necessary? The alternative seems to be obvious!


– blend TOGETHER [blend apart?]

– separate APART [separate together?]

– rise UP [rise down?]

– combine TOGETHER [combine apart?]

– reduce DOWN [reduce up?]

– bind TOGETHER [bind apart?]


Beyond that…how can anybody dare to call their work (food or otherwise) "the ultimate"?


The notion of browning beef (steak, roast, or otherwise)  to "sear in the juices" has already been debunked by people who really KNOW. It doesn't sear in anything.


We're obviously living in an age of unmitigated bullshit and verbal ignorance. How can poisonous and/or inept people become admired celebrities vis a vis Food Network "stars"? Their words become our cancer…creeping into our own vocabulary and daily chatter.

Blather poses a danger to our language health.




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