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Let Top Chefs Expand Your Foodie Vocabulary

Foodies! How well do you know your cooking vocab? If words like swarthy, slauce, and quadrillage sound like something out of a Harry Potter book, you may need to study up. Thankfully, we spoke with some of our favorite top chefs, from Richard Blais to José Andrés, for a refresher course — and a few new words to add to our list. We're not going to lie: some are hard to pronounce, so you can practice watching the video. Just whatever you do, don't say the word moist . . .

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