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Food or meal?


Food or meal?
Hi there!

I want to say that she is an excellent cook. So, should I say that

She cooks delicious food or She cooks delicious meals?

Are these two words correct in this context or one is better than the other?

Thanks in advance!!

24 Mar 2012      

United Kingdom

I think they īre both OK, but food is slightly more usual, I would say.

24 Mar 2012     

United States

I agree with cunliffe that "She cooks delicious food" sounds a little better. In another situation, you might say "She cooks delicious meals for her family" or "She cooks delicious meals for us", but as a general comment, "food" works better.

24 Mar 2012     


Thank you both. You have been very helpful Smile


25 Mar 2012     

United States

saying "meals" tends to imply she is good at coming up with excellent combinations (entire meals) of food.  Using "food" comments more on her capabilities as a cook.

26 Mar 2012