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Good Cooking's Food & Cooking Dictionary

(U) Definitions

Udon, Japanese for Wheat Noodle.

Ukha, Russian for fish soup.

Ullage, French term for a not fully filled wine bottle, due to leakage through the cork.

Umami - The fifth primary element of taste, accompanying yet independent of sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. Known as the taste associated with glutamate and monosodium glutamate, umami is the Japanese word for 'delicious' or 'savory' but is regarded as broth-like or meaty tasting in Western cultures. The umami taste is most common in Asian foods, soups and stews, mushrooms, tomatoes and aged meats and cheeses.

Unagi, Japanese for Eel.

Underdone, Not thoroughly done or cooked through.

Uovo, Italian for Egg.

Upside-down cake, A cake that is baked with its topping or filling on the bottom of the pan then turned over before serving.

Uva Spina, Italian for Gooseberries.

Uva, Italian for Grapes.

Uval, French term for "about grapes".

Special thanks to my late mother Julia Rauscher Vyhnanek for her food knowledge which was the source for many of the definitions. She was a retired school teacher who was a real "Foodie"! If it were not for her, I many not have become a Chef.