The Culinate Dictionary

We’re food people who write and word people who eat, so it only seems natural we would invent a new word to define what we’re all about: “Culinate.”

cul·in·ate
('kələ-nāt), v. 1 to live better by eating better 2 to consider health, the environment and community when deciding what to eat 3 to integrate and enrich one’s day-to-day experience through food—from farm, to market, to kitchen, to table

Then, because that was so much fun, we decided to gather all the words that help define what we do, most of which have been around for several centuries, and put them here. Enjoy!

com·mu·ni·ty
(kə-'myü-nə-tE), n., 1 a group of people with a common characteristic or interest 2 society at large
cook
('kuk), n., a person who prepares food for eating; v., to prepare food for eating, especially by means of heat
1858 MULOCK A Woman’s Thoughts About Women: I am truly thankful, and sincerely indebted to her too; for a good cook is a household blessing.
cul·in·ar·y
('kə-lə-ner-E, 'kyü-, 'kü-), adj., of or relating to the kitchen or cookery Etymology: Latin culinarius, from culina kitchen
eat
('Et), v., 1 to take food or a meal 2 to consume gradually 3 to enjoy eagerly or avidly
1667 MILTON Paradise Lost: Whoso eats thereof forthwith attains Wisdom.
en·vi·ron·ment
(in-’vI-rə (n)-mənt), n., 1 the circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded 2 the complex of physical, chemical, and biotic factors (as climate, soil, and living things) that act upon an organism or an ecological community and ultimately determine its form and survival 3 the aggregate of social and cultural conditions that influence the life of an individual or community
1956 SEARS/THOMAS Man’s Role in Changing the Face of the Earth: The situation is clouded by a widespread confidence that this impact of man upon environment can continue indefinitely.
farm
('färm), n., a tract of land devoted to agricultural purposes; v., to engage in raising crops or animals; obs., food, provision; hence, a banquet, feast
1807 CRABBE The Village: Fields and flocks have charms / For him that gazes, or for him that farms.
food
('füd), n., something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies
Etymology: Middle English fode; akin to Old High German fuotar food, fodder
1595 SHAKESPEARE King John: My faire sonne, My life, my ioy, my food, my all the world.
fresh
('fresh), adj., 1 having its original qualities unimpaired 2 not stale, sour, or decayed 3 not altered by processing 4 free from taint
1697 DRYDEN Virgil’s Georgics: And seek fresh Forrage to sustain their Lives.
ga·stro·no·my
(gas-'trə-nä--mE), n., 1 the art or science of good eating 2 culinary customs or style 3 the study of the relationship between culture and food
Etymology: Greek gastros stomach and nomos law
i·deal
(I-'dEl), n., A conception of something, or a thing conceived, in its highest perfection, or as an object to be realized or aimed at; a perfect type; a standard of perfection or excellence
kitch·en
('ki-chən), n., 1 a place (as a room) with cooking facilities 2 the personnel that prepares, cooks, and serves food
1616 SURFLET & MARKHAM Country Farme: The first foundation of a good House must be the Kitchin.
lo·cal
('lO-kəl), adj., 1 of, relating to, or characteristic of a particular place; not general or widespread 2 primarily serving the needs of a particular limited district
mar·ket
('mär-kət), n., a meeting or gathering together of people for the purchase and sale of provisions or livestock, publicly displayed, at a fixed time and place <a farmers’ market>; the occasion or time of this; also, the people gathered at such a meeting
1918 LEACOCK Frenzied Fiction: What amazes me, in returning to the city, is to find the enormous quantities of produce of all sorts offered for sale in the markets.
re·ci·pe
('re-sə-pE), n., a set of instructions for making something from various ingredients
Etymology: Latin, imperative of recipere to take, receive
sift
('sift), v., to go through, especially to sort out what is useful or valuable
ta·ble
('tA-bəl), n., 1 a piece of furniture consisting of a smooth flat slab fixed on legs 2 an act or instance of assembling to eat 3 a group of people assembled at or as if at a table
1719 DEFOE Robinson Crusoe: To make such necessary things as I found I most wanted, as particularly a Chair and a Table.

Sources: Merriam-Webster, the Oxford English Dictionary, Wikipedia

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