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Au Jus or Jus…My Pet Peeve!

french_dip      Ok, all you foodies out there, let’s chime in on this one!

 

     The term, “au jus” is French. The definition is “with juice”. That’s it, plain and simple. In French, the word “au” translates to the word “with” and “jus” is “juice”. Couldn’t be any more plain, could it? Then why do I have to cringe when reading menus and listening to many, schooled chefs stating, “serving this meat with au jus”.  Don’t they know they just said they are “serving this meat with WITH juice”?

 

     The proper term in this case would be “serving this meat au jus.” Why is this so hard for so many people to grasp? I think it all started with the American version of the French Dip sandwich. The menu would state French Dip au Jus. That’s proper. But then the customers or waiters somewhere along the way started requesting more “au jus” with it and therein lies the problem. Both food servers and customers started to think the actual juice was called “au jus” and it became the norm.

 

     Arugh! I can’t stand to see otherwise intellegent people bastardize this French phrase in that way, but I guess I have much more important things to get upset about so I will let this one ride…but please keep this in mind the next time you want more juice with that sandwich!

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About Chef Anne

Chef Anne and her husband Rob, own The Deli Diva which serves divalicious sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts and more at 1st Ave SW, in historic downtown Largo, Florida. Chef Anne is a culinary travel writer and book author. She has written weekly columns for AOL/Huffington Post and Tampa Bay Start, as well as many travel and food related articles for numerous publications. Her books are available for purchase here: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0080K92OW Rob is a talented metal artist, creating commissioned pieces of all types for his clients. From sculptures and garden art, as seen at the deli, to decorative estate iron gates and fences, he does it all. Stop by and try something fabulous dahling! Open M-F 11am to 3pm

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