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Old 05-04-2006, 01:09 PM   #1
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Question Pronouncing Foreign Cooking Terms

I would love it if someone could give me a site or tell me about software that can help in the pronunciation of foreign words used in cooking. For example words like veloute. However, I pick up a lot of them when I watch the cooking channel.

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Old 05-04-2006, 01:14 PM   #2
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Epicurious' Food Dictionary is a good source
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:15 PM   #3
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veloute = Vay-loo-tay

You can pick up a lot of pronunciations on Food TV as long as you don't go by how Emeril says it. His command of foreign language pronunciations is weak at best.
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:23 PM   #4
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Thanks But Emeril won't be bothering me now because we currently have Kylie Kwong, Anthony Bourdain, Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay's shows airing. Apart from that there are shows like Switchin' Kitchens and Surfin' the menu.
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Old 05-04-2006, 05:29 PM   #5
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currently have Kylie Kwong...and Surfin' the menu.
Getting a few Australian cooking shows I see. Surfing the menu isn't bad but I'm not a big fan of Kylie Kwong, she is too mincy (no other way to describe it). Listening to her talk about food and cooking is like listening to the most pretentious wine reviewer describe a wine using the most words possible.


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Old 05-05-2006, 01:44 AM   #6
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I know! She describes even the worst dish as "beautiful" and "delicious"
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Old 05-05-2006, 11:26 AM   #7
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I like the 'naked chef' Shaheen. Gordon Ramsey isn't that bad too. Do you ever get the programme 'can't cook wont cook' I find trying to pronounce the words in their proper way a very good thing. Thanks jennyema, very useful site.
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Old 05-06-2006, 05:52 AM   #8
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Do you ever get the programme 'can't cook wont cook' I find trying to pronounce the words in their proper way a very good thing.
No Jikoni, I don't get that programme. But thanks, I'll be on the lookout for it.
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Many cooking terms are French, so a background in that language or a freind who speaks French can help. But the cooking world gets smaller and smaller, and quite often a term will acquire a local accent that the originating language never intended. Then there is the oddity of having parents who speak French, but have never had an education in that language ... in other words, my folks sometimes think eau and au are the same word, because they sound the same when spoken. But I've gone years mispronouncing names and terms and am grateful to anyone who corrects me. Patak and Patel, for example, I've been saying with the accent on the wrong sylable. Thank heaven I was referring to lines of food, not a person, so I never offended anyone!
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Epicurious' Food Dictionary is a good source
Jennyema that link you posted is a great help. I keep referring to it ever so often. Thanks once again!
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