What the Hell Is Head Cheese?: Understanding Foods with Misleading Names

Before you order that Bombay Duck, make sure you know what you're getting into.


The British, it seems, have had a special knack for naming their food to sound nothing like what it really is—cream crackers have no cream, Colonial Goose is not a goose, and black pudding would disappoint any diner looking for dessert. But other countries and cultures have their linguistic smokescreens, too—the Jewish egg cream has neither egg nor cream, and the Indian Bombay Duck contains no duck. And that's not even to mention more pedestrian foods that are misnomers—as we all know, a coconut is a fruit from the coconut palm tree, not a nut.

To help you fight your way through the culinary fog, we've unpacked 15 of the most misleading food names. Don't shy away from head cheese ever again—it's meat, and it's delicious.

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