New Word #54: Gastronomy

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The word gastronomy means the practice or art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food. The first time I saw this word, I thought it’s something related with astronomy, but to my surprise, it has nothing to do with the sky or celestial bodies.

People Who Enjoy Food

gourmet: a connoisseur of good food; a person with a discerning palate.

connoisseur: an expert judge in matters of taste.

epicure: a person who takes particular pleasure in fine food and drink.

Abnormal Behavior

opsomania: The abnormal love for one kind of food

phagomania: Excessive desire for food or eating

cibophobia is defined as the fear of food

mycophobia: the fear of fungi or mushrooms.

Purveyor And Other Food Suppliers

purveyor: a person who sells or deals in particular goods. I learned this word from Anthony Bourdain’s books, in which he described his interaction with purveyors who supplied fresh ingredients every morning to the restaurant he worked in.

vendor: a person or company offering something for sale, especially a trader in the street.

Excess Eating

gluttony: habitual greed or excess in eating.

binge eating: the consumption of large quantities of food in a short period of time, typically as part of an eating disorder.

gourmand: a person who enjoys eating and often eats too much.

mukbang: eating and broadcasting, originated from South Korea, usually consuming an unbelievable amount of food.

Eating Disorder

bulimia: an emotional disorder involving distortion of body image and an obsessive desire to lose weigh.

anorexia: an emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat.

Common Digestive Illnesses

dyspepsia: also called indigestion

Acid Reflux: It is commonly called heartburn, caused by stomach acid backing up into your esophagus. Frequent or constant reflux can lead to gastroesophageal reflux disease

Stomach Ulcer: a break in the tissue lining the stomach

Colitis is a chronic digestive disease characterized by inflammation of the inner lining of the colon.

Too Much Sweets

chocoholic: a person who is addicted to or excessively fond of chocolate.

sweet tooth: a great liking for sweet-tasting foods.

Popular Diet Plans

Mediterranean diet: a way of eating that’s based on the traditional cuisines of Greece, Italy and other countries that border the Mediterranean Sea.

paleo diet: a diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans, consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit, and excluding dairy or grain products and processed food.

vegetarian diet: a vegetarian diet excludes meat, poultry, fish and seafood.

vegan diet: A vegan diet excludes all meat and animal products.

low-carb diet: A low-carb diet limits carbohydrates — such as those found in grains, starchy vegetables and fruit — and emphasizes foods high in protein and fat.

gluten free diet: an eating plan that excludes foods containing gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye.

raw food diet: a dietary practice of eating only or mostly food that is uncooked and unprocessed.

Words Or Phrases To Describe Eating

eat like a bird: eat very little

gobble up: eat a large amount of food quickly.

gorge: eat a large amount greedily; fill oneself with food.

picky eater: those who consume an inadequate variety of food through rejection of a substantial amount of food stuffs

33 thoughts on “New Word #54: Gastronomy

  1. “Eat like a bird” is a misnomer Birds eat their weight in food every day and are very mess as they throw half of it on the ground. But it sounded good. it should be eat like a snake who eat only once in every three to seven days
    Laugh often!

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    1. Someone once told me that the majority of French restaurants in New York hire Chinese cooks. I don’t know if it is true. I guess it is very difficult to ask a real French cook to leave France and come to live in New York City.

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    1. Me too. Thank you for sharing. Love Anthony Bourdain’s books and videos (on youtube). I especially like when he talks about the dark side of the kitchen work–the labor, the low pay, the hectic environment etc. I worked in a restaurant for two months and I really hated the work. This is why I really admired people who can do this for a long period of time.

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      1. Rest In Peace to the legend🙏 When I read “Kitchen Confidential” I was mesmerized/horrified by his stories. The restaurant industry seems like a parallel universe. Like you said, it has a lot of problems. I’m happy that working in restaurants was a brief chapter in my life.

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  2. There are actually more eating disorders than anorexia and bulimia. There’s orthorexia for one thing and some others that have been discovered more recently

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    1. I just looked up this word and it is such an interesting word. I really want to add this to the list. I guess sometimes one can be too concerned about health.


  3. There’s also pescatarians, ovo-vegetarian and lacto-vegetarians. Oh and I love watching mukbangs they’re so relaxing. These are very interesting words thanks for sharing them.

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        1. That’s interesting. Yes, develop different diet and try different food. So wonderful. I didn’t have the choice growing up, but after I started to have the choice, I’ve tried different things, just to grow my own “food” style.

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        2. Yeah I usually ate how my family did growing up too and it’s been a lot of fun trying new things as an adult. I even make it for my parents when I can or send them recipes when I’m not in the country and they enjoy it too.

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        3. It is great to have an interest in food and be able to cook a healthy meal. I’ve seen some people who don’t know how to cook well and they end up having to settle for junk food or very expensive healthy food. Knowing how to cook is really important, and fun too.


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