IELTS VOCABULARY FOOD
Dine in – dine at home.
Example: We’re dining in tonight.
Dine out – dine at a restaurant.
Example: We’re dining out tonight.
fussy eater – someone who is very picky about the food and doesn’t eat everything.
Example: My husband is a fussy eater, and he’s never pleased with my cooking.
home-cooked food – food cooked at home, usually implies that food is healthy.
Example: Preparing home-cooked food is a good way to make a balanced meal.
In a walking distance of
in a walking distance of – close to.
Example: I usually dine at a restaurant that’s in a walking distance of my home.
Italian cuisine – traditional Italian food. You can also say French cuisine, Russian cuisine, Chinese cuisine and so on.
Example: I adore pasta, pizza and Italian cuisine in general.
More of a chore than a pleasure
more of a chore than a pleasure – something you do rather unwillingly.
Example: I think that cooking is more of a chore than a pleasure.
mouth-watering – delicious, appetizing.
Example: My mouth is watering every time I think about my grandmother’s apple pie.
nutritious products – products rich in calories.
Example: A nutritious breakfast is a great way to start the day, as it gives your body the nutrients and you get enough energy.
processed food – food that has been modified in an undesirable or unhealthy way to achieve its current state.
Example: Try to avoid processed foods like flavored nuts and cereal bars. It is much healthier to eat organic food.
Quality justifies the bill
quality justifies the bill – when a product is worth buying due its good quality, even if it’s expensive.
Example: I first thought those strawberries were too expensive, but when I tasted them I understood that their quality justified the bill.
quick snack – a light and quick meal, usually unhealthy.
Example: Eating quick snack instead of main meal can be harmful for stomach.
ready meal – a meal that you buy already cooked, which only requires reheating to be eaten.
Example: I had no desire to cook, so I bought a ready meal in a nearby supermarket.
Restrain one’s hunger
restrain one’s hunger – to avoid eating when you really want to. Usually practiced during diets.
Example: John couldn’t restrain his hunger anymore and went to the nearest fast-food restaurant.
slap-up meal – a quick and fatty meal. To slap up means to cook something very quickly.
Example: I feel like making a slap-up meal tonight.
starving hungry – to be extremely hungry.
Example: I woke up starving hungry yesterday and ate the whole roast chicken.
take-away – a meal prepared in a café/restaurant and eaten at home.
Example: I’m going to ring the Japanese restaurant and order a takeaway.
To be dying of hunger
to be dying of hunger – an exaggerated way of saying you are really hungry.
Example: I haven’t eaten all day. I’m dying of hunger!
To be full-up
to be full-up – to eat to the point that you can’t eat anymore.
Example: – Would you like more chips?
– No, thank you, I’m already full-up!
To be ravenous
to be ravenous (to have ravenous appetite) – to be really hungry, starving, voracious.
Example: After working all day, I had a ravenous appetite.
To bolt something down
to bolt something down – to eat a large amount of food very quickly.
Example: Don’t bolt your food down like that, it’s very rude!
To eat like a horse
to eat like a horse – to always eat a lot.
Example: She’s so thin, yet she eats like a horse.
To follow a recipe
to follow a recipe – to cook a meal using instructions.
Example: Although she had never cooked a jugged hare before, she followed a recipe and made a fantastic meal.
To foot the bill
to foot the bill – to pay the bill.
Example: You paid for dinner last time. Let me foot the bill for lunch today.
Idioms that Describe Food
To be full up.
Meaning: To eat to the point that you can no longer eat anymore or that you ate so much, you do not feel hungry.
Example: Don’t order any more food, I have been full up already.
To wine and dine.
Meaning: To entertain with food, eat sumptuously, or to treat someone with wine and dinner, it’s typically to impress him/her.
Example: They wined and dined in one of the most luxurious restaurants in Paris after marriage.
Shovel something into your mouth (= shovel down).
Meaning: To put large quantities of food into your mouth very quickly.
Example: He was sitting in front of the TV shovelling a pizza into his mouth
To be dying of hunger.
Meaning: An exaggerated way of saying you are hungry.
Example: Let’s find something to eat. I am dying of hunger because of studying extensively for four hours.
To grab a bite.
Meaning: To gobble something (when you’re in a rush).
Example: I was in a hurry this morning, so I grabbed a bite to eat and ran out for a meeting.
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The main meal.
Meaning: The meal at which you eat the most food is called the main meal.
Example: Lunch is usually our main meal, except on Sundays.
Stoke up with something.
Meaning: To eat a lot of a particular food or to fill oneself with food to avoid feeling hungry or weak later.
Example: As she had an important meeting all day long, she stoked up with a lot of chicken soup and bread for breakfast.
To be starving hungry.
Meaning: An exaggerated way of saying you are extremely hungry.
Example: I’m starving hungry now. Let’s grab something to eat.
To eat a balanced diet.
Meaning: To eat the correct types and amounts of food or to eat the kind of food which fulfils a person’s nutritional needs.
Example: To lose weight, we should try to eat a balanced diet with less sugar intake.
To eat like a horse.
Meaning: To eat a lot.
Example: Eating like a horse in a party may be considered to be extremely impolite.
To have a sweet tooth.
Meaning: To enjoy sugary food. To have a craving or strong fondness for sweet food.
Example: I’m terrified of gaining weight quickly and contracting diabetes because I have a sweet tooth.
Meaning: Food cooked at home or food cooked using raw and fresh ingredients that are made personally.
Example: Although home-cooked food is usually not as delicious as the one served in restaurants, it is much more beneficial to your health.
To make your mouth water.
Meaning: To make you feel very hungry for something or the food that makes your mouth salivate.
Example: McDonald’s serves all kinds of burgers, from cheeseburgers to beef burgers. They make my mouth water every time I walk into the restaurant.
To foot the bill.
Meaning: To pay the bill for something typically when the amount is considered large or unreasonable.
Example: My friend asked me out for dinner, and he didn’t want me to foot the bill.
To spoil your appetite.
Meaning: To eat something that will stop you feeling hungry or makes you skip the next meal when it’s meal-time.
Example: Don’t snack too much. It will spoil your appetite.
Meaning: Take-out, food that is cooked and sold by a restaurant or store to be eaten elsewhere.
Example: They offer carry-out burgers in their restaurant.
Meaning: Commercially prepared food bought for convenience. The food is cooked, canned, frozen, or packed in nutritional composition to preserve differently.
Example: Processed food is very convenient for those who are busy all day long, but eating it frequently may be very harmful to our health.
To bolt something down.
Meaning: To gobble something that you hardly chew or taste it.
Example: My son bolted down his lunch and went out with his friends.
To follow a recipe.
Meaning: To cook a meal using instructions.
Example: I set up and run a popular blog that gives readers hundreds of quick lessons on how to follow recipes to make any dish great.
Drive through (drive-thru).
Meaning: Type of service provided by a business that allows customers to purchase products without leaving their cars.
Example: On the way, he went into a fast-food drive-through and ordered food.
A quick snack.
Meaning: To eat a small amount of food between meals. A simple meal that is easy to cook and eat.
Example: I didn’t have time for lunch, so I just grabbed a quick snack.
Meaning: To have a meal at home rather than in a restaurant.
Example: Neither of us felt like going out tonight, so we ate in.
Meaning: Eating a lot of food in a short period, especially without being able to control yourself.
Example: He had a binge eating disorder.
A slap-up meal.
Meaning: A large meal or a lavish enjoyable meal.
Example: They went to a slap-up meal on their wedding anniversary.
To tuck into.
Meaning: To eat something with pleasure or to eat food heartily.
Example: She was tucking into a massive plate of pasta.
Go on a diet.
Meaning: Trying to lose weight by eating less food or specific foods and having a nutritional plan consisting of eating a smaller amount of food.
Example: She thought she should go on a diet.
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