Food and drink

Here are some English words which can be used to describe food and drink, as well as the names of different cooking methods and meals.

Words to describe food

These words can be used to describe the condition of food:

fresh
mouldy
off
rotten
stale (used for bread or pastry)

The following words can be used when describing fruit:

juicy
ripe
unripe

Meat can be described using the following words:

tender
tough
over-done or over-cooked
under-done

The following are some words which can be used to describe how food tastes:

bland
delicious
horrible
poor
salty
sickly
sweet
sour
tasty

You may find the following words useful for describing curry or spicy food:

spicy or hot
mild

Cooking methods

to bake
to boil
to fry
to grill
to roast
to steam

Meals

breakfast
lunch
tea (a light meal usually taken around 4-5pm)
dinner
supper (a light snack taken late in the evening)
to have breakfast
to have lunch
to have dinner

Other useful words

ingredient
recipe
to cook
to lay the table or to set the table
to clear the table
to come to the table
to leave the table
to wipe the table
to prepare a meal
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