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Cooking up a storm

February 19, 2018

There was a daytime cookery programme on recently – I wasn’t really watching it, but I was in the room – and the presenter promised us that later a celebrity guest would be ‘cooking up a storm’.

Cooking up a storm. What does that imbecilic cliché mean? Does it just mean cooking? I think so, more or less, but it seems to suggest a certain intensity, a bravura quality about the performance: if you are cooking up a storm you are really cooking. But would anyone ever use it in real life? No. Not unless in real life you present a daytime cookery programme.

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One Comment
  1. Simon Carter permalink

    Could it be related to the American “now you’re cooking”? You could storm out if something didn’t go down a storm after cooking up a storm. Unless it’s a storm in a teacup.

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