IELTS Vocab - Food
Terms in this set (27)
be full up
eat to the point that you can no longer eat any more
be starving hungry
an exaggerated way of saying you are very hungry
bolt something down
eat something very quickly
be dying of hunger
an exaggerated way of saying you are hungry
eat a balanced diet
eat the correct types and amounts of food
eat like a horse
eat a lot
follow a recipe
cook a meal using instructions
foot the bill
pay the bill
a fussy eater
somebody who has their own very high standards about what to eat
grab a bite to eat
eat something quickly (when you're in a rush)
have a sweet tooth
enjoy sugary food
the main meal
make your mouth water
make you feel very hungry for something
play with your food
push food around the plate to avoid eating it
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 est something that will stop you feeling hungry when it's meal-time
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
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 ...
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