Tuesday, January 22, 2008
so, what's in a name...
first, a definition
amuse-bouche (uh-MYUZ-boosh)n: any small bite of food or appetizer-sized portion, often served before a meal
etymology: 1968; French 'that which amuses the mouth'
an amuse-bouche, is a tiny bite-sized morsel served before the hors d'œuvre or first course of a meal. they are served as an excitement of taste buds to both prepare the guest for the meal and to offer a glimpse into the chef's approach to cooking. the course often becomes a showcase for the artistry and showmanship of the chef.
as explained in this New York Times article
That beautiful predinner bite or sip is a delightful surprise as your guests finish their cocktails — a little gift, if you will, from the chef — just before you summon them to the table or just as they arrive. As it often is in restaurants, the amuse-bouche can be one of the most memorable moments of the meal.
The fact is that as long as it’s small, tasty and pleasing to the eye, almost anything can make an amuse-bouche.
i chose amuse-bouche as the name of my blog for several reasons:
1)i am a foodie, and love the juxtaposition of this culinary term with the other creative elements in my life;
2) i love the intricacies of language, and couldn't resist the opportunity to *borrow* this word - i don't have a food blog (obviously.) what i have is a blog that showcases the most memorable moments of my life;
3) i am always drawn to the close up, the cropped shot, the photos of stolen moments, the details. i see my life this way - glimpses, heartbeats, smudges, smiles;
4) and, perhaps most importantly, i am too intimidated by my own perfection to write long and detailed blog posts - if i were to dwell on each subject, i would have a draft folder larger than my hard drive will allow! when i decided to start blogging, i made a deal with myself that i would keep it simple, a showcase of small, creative moments, wrapped up in bite-size packages...