Culinary Dictionary  "A"

Our ever growing online community Dictionary and Food and Culinary Terms, Phrases and Cooking Techniques that begin with the letter A.


Al Dente

The Italian phrase that refers to the tenderness of the cooked pasta. Al Dente translates “to the tooth” It describes pasta that is cooked until it offers a slight resistance when bitten into, rather than cooked until soft. 

Adam’s Ale

Adam’s Ale. While this term is classified as ‘obsolete’ it is a bit of jargon that I thought was pretty funny. Adam’s Ale is Water.

Adobo Sauce

Adobo sauce is a dark-red Mexican sauce made from ground chiles, herbs, and vinegar. Chipotle peppers are packed in cans of adobo sauce. Not to mention delicious!!


A brightly-colored salad green with a slightly bitter, peppery mustard flavor. It is also called rocket and resembles radish leaves. I quickly fell in love with Arugula after the very first time I ate it.