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Most Common Ingredients in "Mastering the Art of French Cooking"

See if you can name the most commonly-mentioned ingredients in "Mastering the Art of French Cooking", by Julia Child et al.
All answers are one word
Generic words "meat" and "herbs" removed
Quiz by interopia
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Last updated: February 13, 2022
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First submittedFebruary 13, 2022
Times taken12,895
Average score52.5%
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Ingredient
artichoke
bacon
beans
beef
bread
butter
carrots
Ingredient
cheese
chicken
cream
custard
duck
egg
fish
Ingredient
flour
garlic
goose
ham
jelly
lamb
lemon
Ingredient
milk
mushroom
oil
onion
orange
parsley
peas
Ingredient
pepper
pork
potato
rice
salt
shallots
Ingredient
spinach
sugar
tarragon
tomato
veal
water
+11
Level 73
Feb 13, 2022
croatia...
+22
Level 81
Feb 14, 2022
??? Explanation please
+4
Level 73
Feb 13, 2022
nice quiz
+3
Level 83
Feb 13, 2022
The person in the source did most of the hard work by analyzing the text, but thanks!
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Level 91
Feb 13, 2022
I was going to challenge the accuracy of the quiz, because, knowing the cookbook, I can't believe that artichokes appear more than white wine (which didn't even make the list).

So I looked at the source, and followed a link to comments about the methodology... and the person who compiled the list (simply) wrote a python script to count (non-trivial) words in the digital text.

Then I looked at the quiz description again, and it says it is the most commonly mentioned ingredients - which doesn't mean that the ingredient is used in the most recipes.

One reason artichokes make the list is because there's a section describing them and how to clean/prepare them, so they are mentioned several times outside of the context of a recipe.

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Level 77
Feb 13, 2022
I tried white wine and red wine too and was surprised they didn't feature
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Level 83
Feb 13, 2022
It is a curious omission. Only the top 40 are listed here but if it was the top 50 it would have cognac and vermouth. I’ll be checking to see if the source updates the data with different methodology and I’ll be sure to update.
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Level 76
Feb 13, 2022
what about croatia?
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Level 74
Feb 13, 2022
Yes, please, why no Croatia?
+5
Level 82
Feb 13, 2022
Does jelly here mean a fruit preserve? If so could you allow jam for us Brits?

Fun quiz :)

+2
Level 66
Feb 13, 2022
Dang, I saw a similar chart on Reddit and thought "this would be a perfect JetPunk quiz" only to realize it already existed. Ah well, congrats on the feature!
+1
Level 56
Feb 21, 2022
The same with me! It started with butter as the most common and I was confused here until I realised the list is alphabetical.
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Level 78
Feb 14, 2022
Now I'm reading the comments and I'm getting hungry for Croatia.
+8
Level 57
Feb 14, 2022
Custard shouldn't be classed as an ingredient. Its what the ingredients egg, milk and sugar make. Same could be said about bread too I guess.
+4
Level 83
Feb 14, 2022
I thought about this. Can someone with the book check to see if it is listed as an ingredient?
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Level 70
Feb 21, 2022
It's not a small book. Without looking, I can be certain that in some cases the word is used as an ingredient, but in others it is the product of other ingredients. There's not going to be a straightforward answer for custard, jelly, bread, etc which are not fundamentally basic things. They have to be made before they can be used to make something else.
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Level 69
Feb 20, 2022
Yeah, I definitely had the same thought about bread. Maybe because I make my own.
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Level 77
Feb 14, 2022
I read this test and I thought: "French ingredients? I'm going to do great!". Then I tried "Sel", "Huile", "Fromage", "Farine", "Sucre",... At the end I decided to surrender as I was clearly unable to get even one right... :(
+9
Level 86
Feb 14, 2022
No wine, no vinegar, no mustard? Quelle surprise!
+5
Level 83
Feb 14, 2022
Mustard and vinegar were in the top 50.
+2
Level 83
Feb 19, 2022
Three of my guesses as well. But, alas.
+3
Level 83
Feb 14, 2022
With only 1 left, I thought I nailed it with "curry". Didn't feel bad when I saw it was "custard". Wouldn't have gotten that with another hour added.

Only reason I got artichoke was because I just tried my mom's breaded fried artichoke hearts recipe for the Super Bowl yesterday.

+4
Level 67
Feb 15, 2022
Really strange to see custard and bacon in the top 20 for French recipes !

For bacon I guess that's to replace lard, but custard is pretty odd.

+1
Level 79
Feb 23, 2022
To replace lardons, probably. Strips of bacon are the only form of it you would find in much of the US.
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Level 62
Feb 16, 2022
The nearest thing to custard in French is crème anglaise, which is made of various ingredients. It certainly wouldn't feature in any French recipe book worth its salt. And why are you asking someone who has a copy of the book to check? If you can't justify the answers, don't write the quiz
+7
Level 83
Feb 16, 2022
Hey now…It’s not like I just made it up. I quoted my source. If you are so sure custard is a mistake I’ll try to contact the source.
+1
Level 62
Feb 17, 2022
As we say in the UK - rhubarb! ;)
+1
Level 71
Feb 19, 2022
I got custard and you didn't ... Hee hee!
+1
Level 62
Feb 19, 2022
I bet you didn't get Jello! ;)
+5
Level 66
Feb 19, 2022
Hmm. I think the source's original claim - that these are the most common ingredients - is where the source of the problem lies, and why this particular quiz needs to be renamed. It has absolutely nothing to do with the use of ingredients, and everything to do with the frequency of words with a culinary meaning throughout the entire book.
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Level 65
Feb 19, 2022
As an Englishman I can't believe I'm saying this, but you should accept "eggplant" for aubergine...knowing this was an American book I tried it apres l'ouef
+6
Level 72
Feb 19, 2022
Weird quiz & weird comments...
+2
Level 55
Feb 19, 2022
I liked this quiz a lot , thanks for making it

And I love when I get the least guessed answer. I couldn't think of any more ingredients and my child is eating a PBJ..I figured it was worth a shot and tried jelly..shocked it was on there.

+4
Level 71
Feb 19, 2022
croatia seems to be missing...
+8
Level 73
Feb 19, 2022
Can someone please explain why everyone’s asking about Croatia?
+3
Level 68
Feb 19, 2022
I think this was a great idea for a quiz and it could be adapted to other countries' cuisines and other books.

I can see there are a few teething troubles but it would be nice if people chose their words a little more carefully and kindly when they are making criticisms.

Re Croatia, check the first post. I'm assuming it was sent by someone who had forgotten they had switched to a different quiz. Otherwise it's going to drive me crazy.

+1
Level 77
Feb 19, 2022
No frog?
+5
Level 83
Feb 19, 2022
Meat is omitted but fish is not? Fish is a generic term ..
+2
Level 72
Feb 19, 2022
I worked part-time in produce when I was in college, and I guessed tarragon just for the fun of it. Learning all those herbs came through.
+1
Level 62
Feb 19, 2022
So this is how Alex and Richard do their research!
+5
Level 67
Feb 19, 2022
Four stars because it wouldn't accept "croatia"
+2
Level 70
Feb 20, 2022
Save the liver!
+1
Level 64
Feb 22, 2022
Everyone's talking about custard and jelly, but I'm still confused by rice!! Never seen that in any French recipes, always potato or maybe beans.
+2
Level 57
Feb 24, 2022
Frenchman here. Rice is commonly served here with many classic French dishes like Blanquette de veau (veal in white whine, onion and carrot sauce) or Tomates farcies (tomatoes stuffed with pork and/or beef) to name a few, and it's the most common side to serve with fish. We also make a delicious dessert called "riz au lait" which is rice cooked with milk, sugar and vanilla in the oven and is a kid's memory for most French people. I should also point that Camargue, a marsh region in the South coast is famous for its rice.

Clearly rice should not be a problem in a French cookbook, personnaly I was more triggered by things like bacon, custard or jelly. Even if I guess bacon is used to replace "lardons" for a US audience.

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Level 62
Feb 24, 2022
Bread, butter, cream, custard, cheese and jelly shouldn't be on this list. Unlike everything else here, they are not raw ingredients. Especially bread, which is the easiest thing to make out of the other ingredients here. Otherwise you may as well list pasta and pastry.
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Level 74
Aug 25, 2022
Butter?!? Butter is not a singular ingredient to you?? You're WAY overthinking this man. All of those things are basic enough ingredients, and it would be completely impractical to split hairs on a quiz like this like you're suggesting. Butter is the number one ingredient in virtually everything you cook lol
+1
Level 73
Feb 24, 2022
Mutton should be accepted for lamb
+1
Level 86
Feb 25, 2022
Merde, non!
+3
Level 62
Mar 2, 2022
As a cook I don’t think things that require separate preparation, like bread and custard, should be considered “ingredients”
+1
Level 62
May 6, 2022
Coming back to this quiz, je suis désolée de voir que you still don't include that essentially, quintessentially, ubiquitously French ingredient, trifle, as one of your raw ingredients
+1
Level 74
Aug 25, 2022
I'm literally getting ready to make mashed potatoes with dinner tonight and forgot all about potatoes on this quiz.