Dear Food Writers, Bloggers, Etcetera. The following words are now banned. Please be on note.
These words have been banned because they are pedantic, unimaginative, and dull. Reckless use of these words will result in a public flogging, followed by nude walk down the nearest major street where the locals will be instructed to point and laugh at your genitals.
Food writing should be clever, thoughtful, witty, informative, timely, or something straddling combinations of all that. It should not be "good."
You have been warned.
Good: Why? Why is it "good?" Was it not fantastic? Was it not horrible? "Good" doesn't say anything except that it was something pleasing. You have to tell me why it was good. Rough cuts of potatoes? The delightful bits of charring? The subtle use of lavender in the pastry cream that brought out the floral qualities of the strawberries? Give me more than "good."
Bad: See above.
Nice: See above. Also, I will fucking slap you.
Great: See above. Seriously, just no more blah and boring words. Remember what your English teacher in high school said, "Show, not tell." Don't tell me it was great, show me why it was great.