Trouble With Toast

Nice cliche! | September 25, 2008

While having a delicious lunch yesterday (that included local pecans and fresh muscadines), my dear friend and I were chatting about Michael Pollan and noting that his books have sold “like hotcakes.”  Once we chuckled about using a food cliche in the context of a discussion about food writing (the irony was not lost on us), we pondered–where did that idiom COME from?

After some research, it seems like old-timey county fairs were responsible for that particular saying, since griddled/fried goodies have always been popular (and, thus, commercially successful) at such events.

But there are so many other food cliches, such as:

“The big cheese”

“Bring home the bacon”

“The best thing since sliced bread”

“Apple of my eye”

“Bun in the oven”

“Take it with a grain of salt”

“Cool as a cucumber”

What are the origins of these strange food sayings?  What are your favorites?  Least favorites?

* Real cooking content to return shortly–I’ve been on the road more than I’ve been off lately, which makes grocery shopping and dinner prep significantly less fun.



  1. Personally, I like “hide the salami.” HEYOOOOOO

    Comment by LivitLuvit — September 26, 2008 @ 6:41 pm

  2. Haha…you went there! At least there’s a visual similarity with that one. Some cliches just seem to come out of nowhere.

    I think you’ve inspired my next post: foods that look like body parts. A winner!

    Comment by bettyjoan — September 26, 2008 @ 6:56 pm

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