dine in: dine at home.
| We’re dining in tonight.
dine out: dine at a restaurant.
| We’re dining out tonight.
fussy eater: someone who is very picky about the food and doesn’t eat everything.
| 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.
| Preparing home-cooked food is a good way to make a balanced meal.
in a walking distance of: close to.
| 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.
| I adore pasta, pizza and Italian cuisine in general.
more of a chore than a pleasure: something you do rather unwillingly.
| I think that cooking is more of a chore than a pleasure.
mouth–watering: delicious, appetizing.
my mouth is watering: that is to say you find something very appetizing. People use this expression when they see/smell food that looks very delicious.
| My mouth is watering every time I think about my grandmother’s apple pie.
nutritious products: products rich in calories.
| A nutricious 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.
| Try to avoid processed foods like flavored nuts and cereal bars. It is much healthier to eat organic food.
quality justifies the bill: when a product is worth buying due its good quality, even if it’s expensive.
| 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.
| 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.
| I had no desire to cook, so I bought a ready meal in a nearby supermarket.
restrain one’s hunger: to avoid eating when you really want to. Usually practiced during diets.
| 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.
| I feel like making a slap-up meal tonight.
starving hungry: to be extremely hungry.
| 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.
| I’m going to ring the Japanese restaurant and order a takeaway.
the main meal: the most important meal of the day.
to be dying of hunger: an exaggerated way of saying you are really hungry.
| I haven’t eaten all day. I’m dying of hunger!
to be full-up: to eat to the point that you can’t eat anymore.
| Would you like more chips? – No, thank you, I’m already full-up!
to be ravenous (to have ravenous appetite): to be really hungry, starving, voracious.
| After working all day, I had a ravenous appetite.
to be starving hungry: an exaggerated way of saying you are very hungry.
to bolt something down: to eat a large amount of food very quickly.
| Don’t bolt your food down like that, it’s very rude!
to catch a snack: to eat a little portion of food very quickly.
to eat a balanced diet: to eat correctly and in time.
to eat like a horse: to always eat a lot.
| She’s so thin, yet she eats like a horse.
to follow a recipe: to cook a meal using instructions.
| Although she had never cooked a jugged hare before, she followed a recipe and made a fantastic meal.
to foot the bill: to pay the bill.
| You paid for dinner last time. Let me foot the bill for lunch today.
to grab a bite to eat: to eat something quickly.
| I won’t eat the whole cake, just let me grab a bite to eat.
to have a sweet tooth: to enjoy eating sweet food.
| Dave eats candy all the time. He must have a sweet tooth.
to overeat oneself: eat too much, eat immodestly.
| If you overeat, you’re bound to get fat.
to play with your food: to push food around the plate without eating it.
to spoil your appetite: to do something that would hinder your desire to eat.
| Stop talking about the snails, you’re spoiling my appetite!
to tuck into: to eat something greadily and with pleasure.
| After not eating the whole day, he tucked into the ham like a savage.
to wine and dine: to banquet, to “entertain with good food”. If you wine and dine someone, you usually take him out to dinner at a fancy restaurant.
| The company wined and dined us, hoping to convince us we should accept the job.
to work up an appetite: to do something that will lead to hunger.
| He must have worked up an appetite in the gym.
What kinds of meals do you like?
Oh, I adore different meat plates… My mouth is watering whenever I see roast beef, grilled chicken or pork chops… However, I don’t like to cook… That’s why I often eat ready meals and take-aways.
Do you often dinner with your family or friends?
Well, I try to dinner with my family as often as possible… Unfortunately, I don’t have enough time for such dinners due to my busy schedule…
When do you usually eat dinner?
I usually have main meal at about 4 p.m. … I’m starving hungry by then and sometimes overeat myself…
Are there any fruits or vegetables you don’t like? Why?
Yes, there are… I’m not a fussy eater, but I really hate onions and seafood… I try to avoid meals that might contain these products…
And what is your favourite cuisine?
Well, I love French cuisine for its versatility and flavorful ingredients…. French cuisine has a variety of dishes, starting from their famous onion soup and ending with cheese fondue… Also, it rarely uses artificial ingredients or flavors.
Now, have a look at the card and prepare a monologue.
Describe a place you like to eat at. You should say:
• Where is it
• What kind of food it serves
• Why do like its food
and how often do you eat there
I would like to talk about a nice little restaurant in a walking distance of my apartment called “La Pasta”… It is situated on the ancient street in the old city centre… This restaurant serves various meals of Italian cuisine that I enjoy… For example, they serve extremely delicious pasta, pizza and tomato soup… I particularly love their pasta… It is very versatile food, and can be made in many ways… I general, I love Italian food because it is all about fresh, flavorful ingredients… That’s why I eat in that restaurant every now and then with my family and friends… Although it’s not cheap, its quality justifies the bill…
How can we make people eat healthier food?
The best approach for this problem is to strike a balance between junk food and healthy food… You can eat unhealthy ever so rarely, if you manage to eat nutritious products the majority of the time… I eat junk food myself, by I try not to abuse my health…
Do you think people enjoy what they eat on a regular?
I don’t really know, but I’m leaning towards a negative answer… People are often lazy when chosing their meals… They try to catch a snack to restrain their hunger… But it is neither healthy nor enjoyable…
Do you think that cooking is a pleasure a burden for most people?
I can’t speak for everybody, but I think that cooking is more of a chore than a pleasure… But it really depends on a person… Some people might love cooking… If it is their passion or a beloved job, then it’s good for them… But I’m not among those people… Personally, I prefer dining out.
IELTS Food Vocabulary
Part 1-style questions
Examiner: Do you like to cook?
Mandy: Not really no … most of the time I eat ready meals and take-aways … that’s one of the reasons I love visiting my mum … you can always guarantee lovely home-cooked food …
Examiner: What time do you usually eat dinner?
Michelle: We have our main meal at around 7.00 … I’m usually starving hungry by then … in fact I often grab a bite to eat as soon as I get home from college … a sandwich perhaps … but not too much to spoil my appetite …
Examiner: Are there any types of food you don’t like?
Lionel: No not really … I’m not a fussy eater at all … actually I eat like a horse … I do a lot of sport and work up quite an appetite …
Part 2 -style task
Describe a restaurant that you like to use. You should say
– where this restaurant is
– what kind of food it serves
– how often you go there
and say why you like eating there so much.
Howard: OK … this is a nice topic to talk about … there’s a restaurant just around the corner from where I live … it’s an Italian restaurant so as you’d expect you can eat various pasta dishes and pizzas and I usually go there with my family for a slap-up meal if we have anything to celebrate … it’s quite a posh restaurant … the kind of place you would take someone if you wanted to wine and dine them … we usually order a 3-course meal … a light starter then a main dish … and I have quite a sweet tooth so I always look forward to the dessert … I usually order Tiramisu … it makes my mouth water just to think about it … I’m always totally full up by the end … why do I enjoy it there … well … it’s not cheap … my parents always foot the bill and we couldn’t afford to go there regularly so it’s always a nice treat …
Part 3 -style questions
Examiner: How can we encourage people to eat more healthily?
Anna: I think the best approach is to have everything in moderation … processed food won’t kill you if you only eat it occasionally … but people should also be encouraged to eat a balanced diet… try to cook fresh ingredients at home a few times a week …
Examiner: Do you think people enjoy their food as much as they should?
Florrie: I don’t know really … I suppose it’s true that people will often eat a quick snack because they’re bored not because they’re dying of hunger … and often they just bolt it down and don’t savour it … so yes … perhaps we could take more time over our food …
Examiner: Do you think cooking is a pleasure or a chore for people who have busy lives?
Julie: Well … whether you follow a recipe of make something up as you go along … I think cooking is a very creative process … and cooking for other people is a particular pleasure … there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing people you love tucking into something you’ve cooked yourself …
to be full up: to eat to the point that you can no longer eat any more
to be starving hungry: an exaggerated way of saying you are very hungry
to bolt something down: to eat something very quickly
to be dying of hunger: an exaggerated way of saying you are hungry
to eat a balanced diet: to eat the correct types and amounts of food
to eat like a horse: to eat a lot
to follow a recipe: to cook a meal using instructions
to foot the bill: to pay the bill
a fussy eater: somebody who has their own very high standards about what to eat
to grab a bite to eat: to eat something quickly (when you’re in a rush)
to have a sweet tooth: to enjoy sugary food
home-cooked food: food cooked at home from individual ingredients
the main meal: the most important meal of the day, usually eaten in the evening
to make your mouth water: to make you feel very hungry for something
to play with your food: to push food around the plate to avoid eating it
processed food: commercially prepared food bought for convenience
a quick snack: to eat a small amount of food between meals
a ready meal: see ‘processed food’
a slap up meal: a large meal
to spoil your appetite: to eat something that will stop you feeling hungry when it’s mealtime.
a take away: a cooked meal prepared in a restaurant and eaten at home
to tuck into: to eat something with pleasure
to wine and dine: to entertain someone by treating them to food and drink
to work up an appetite: to do physical work that leads to you becoming hungry