Word of the Day 

gourmand \GOOR-mahnd\  noun1 : one who is excessively fond of eating and drinking 2 : one who is heartily interested in good food and drink 

Uncle Gerald was a bit of a gourmand; he traveled far and wideto the finest restaurants and alwaysremembered to bring his appetite

“The dish that caused the grizzled old gourmands at my table to put downtheir forks in wonderhowever, was a helping of darksoftly gnarledsunchokeswhich Kornack cooks to a kind of sweetbread tendernessthen plates over a freshly whippedchestnut purée with disks of shavedtruffles and the faintest exotic hint of eucalyptus.” — Adam PlattNew YorkMagazineDecember 29, 2014

Did you know?
What God has plagu‘d us with thisgourmaund guest?” As thisexasperated question from AlexanderPope‘s 18th-century translation of Homer‘s Odyssey suggestsbeing a gourmand is not always a good thingWhen gourmand began appearing in English texts in the 15th century, it was a decidedly bad thing, a synonym of glutton that was reservedfor a greedy eater who consumedwell past satiationThat negativeconnotation mostly remained untilEnglish speakers borrowed the similar-sounding (and much morepositivegourmet from French in the 19th centurySince then, the meaning of gourmand has softenedso that although it still isn’t whollyflattering, it now suggests someonewho likes good food in largequantities rather than a slobberingglutton.


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