Learn 15 Cooking and Eating English Vocabulary Words SPEAK REAL AMERICAN ENGLISH IN CONVERSATIONS


Do you know the difference between the English vocabulary phrases of appetizing, stale, and flavorful? I want to teach you in today’s English vocabulary lesson, along with useful English phrases like the difference between food “made from scratch”, or “store-bought”.


Read and Watch today’s advanced American English vocabulary lesson, to improve your conversations and dialogues about cooking and eating.


Many of these phrases will be useful to you in real English conversations with American English native speakers. Good luck studying this vocabulary set. As always check in on instagram and englishwithkayla.com to get more quizzes on this vocabulary.


Let’s talk about cooking. Cooking, and eating are a big part of all cultures. One thing I like about American culture is it blends many different cultures together. 


We have mexican food, brazilian food, ethiopian food, indian food, chinese food, italian food… we even have vietnamese food, you can find almost anything to eat in America. 


Let’s talk about vocabulary and phrases that you must know to have conversations and dialogue about cooking and eating here in America. Here are 15 words that you will need to know to speak to a native English speaker about cooking and eating.

1. Nutritious

 If a food is nutritious then it provides the body with important nutrients. Examples of important nutrients are protein, calcium, and other different vitamins that our bodies need. 

A large green salad is very nutritious. It is important to eat nutritious food like fruits and vegetables, sweets like cookies are not nutritious.


2. Culinary

Culinary is an adjective that means something relates to cooking or the kitchen. 

If you attend culinary school then you attended school to learn how to cook.

The meal the chef prepared was a culinary delight.

Meaning that the meal was delicious, and the chef did a fantastic job cooking it.

3. Gourmet

Now the first definition for the word gourmet is a person who consumes food and drink, but in English the most popular way we use gourmet is to describe food and drink as high quality or expensive.

Here are two examples of this:

I went to a fancy grocery store to find gourmet cheese that would taste good with the wine.

I would like my husband to take me out to a gourmet restaurant.

Meaning I want my husband to take me to a nice or expensive restaurant with delicious food.

4. Appetizing

If something is appetizing, it is a very appealing food. You may think that the food looks good to eat. When I use the word appetizing, I think that the food looks so good that suddenly my appetite, or hunger has increased, and I want to immediately eat the food. 

 Food that has just come out of the oven, smells so appetizing. 

Food that has been heated up in the microwave is not appetizing, it is actually quite unappetizing to me. 

Meaning, I don’t want to eat the food, it looks like it wouldn’t taste very good.

5. Flavorful

If something is flavorful, it is full of flavor, we use flavorful to describe delicious foods. 

 A good cook can make flavorful dishes. 

A chef who uses many spices and oils will make food that is delicious and flavorful.

 Telling someone the food that they made is flavorful is a great compliment to their cooking, and would be considered polite.

The opposite of flavorful is bland.

6. Bland

If a food, or meal is bland then it lacks flavor, or is plain.  

If you didn’t like the food, and it didn’t offer any exciting tastes, you could call the food bland.

It would be impolite to tell someone the food that they cooked was bland.

7. Stale

If a food tastes old, and possibly expired or rotten it is stale.You don’t want to eat stale food, it could make you sick. 


The opposite of stale is fresh. If you leave food out of the refrigerator for long periods of time it will go stale. 


You can refer to non-food items as stale, it is slang for old. For example, that joke was stale, meaning you have heard the joke before or it’s old.

8. Picky Eater

If you are a picky eater, you are hard to please. Many children are considered picky eaters because they only like a few foods, and do not like to try new foods.  

It is difficult to cook for a picky eater.

 Picky eaters choose not to eat many foods, because they don’t like the taste, don’t confuse this with special diets or allergies.

9. Appetite

Your appetite is your level of hunger. If you are very hungry, and think you could eat lots of food you have a big appetite.

 If you lose your appetite you were hungry, but now you are no longer hungry. 

 You might lose your appetite if you smell something horrible like garbage. 

 If you exercise, or workout, you could build up your appetite, or become very hungry.

10. Take out

In American when we talk about getting food from a restaurant and bringing it home we call it take.

 In British English they say “take away”.

But in American we say, “let’s get take out” tonight. You take the food out of the restaurant and bring it home to eat.

11. Grab a bite

Grab a “bite” means to go get food at a restaurant. In this case a “bite” means a meal. 

 You would ask someone if they would like to “grab a bite” with you if it is just going to be a casual meal. 

You wouldn’t want to ask someone on a date this way.

12. Store Bought

If food is bought at the store already prepared then it is store bought. 

We use this phrase to describe many baked items, like cookies, cakes, and other pastries that we bought from the store. Here’s an example:

Even though they were store-bought cookies, they still tasted good.


The opposite of store-bought is homemade or out next word.

13. From scratch

If something is made from scratch, then you made them in your kitchen from the necessary ingredients. 

For instance if you get four, salt, water, and yeast, and bake bread, you made it from scratch, as opposed to store bought. 

If you make food from scratch, it typically tastes the best, because it’s made with love.

14. Eat in

“Let’s eat in tonight” this means that you want to stay home and make food.

If you want to eat in, you are not buying food from a restaurant. 

“Eating in” is a great way to save money on “eating out”, or buying food from a restaurant.

15. Secret Recipe

When families have a secret recipe, it means they will not tell everyone how they make that food. 

Restaurants also have secret recipes sometimes, meaning they want to be the only restaurant that knows how to make a special food so people will come back and buy it from them.

You can also have a secret ingredient that makes your food delicious, meaning you don’t tell anyone about one thing you add to a dish to make it taste better.

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