How to describe "A specific food attracts me and makes me feel hungry"?



How to describe "A specific food attracts me and makes me feel hungry" ? As far as I know, appetite may fit this circumstance. However, I do not know how to use it. I may say "I have a strong appetite today.", but I do not know how to describe "A specific food makes me to have a strong appetite now". Verbs, phrases, or adjectives are all welcome.

Thank you very much!!


Posted 2015-12-15T01:13:26.340

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I would say "Craving".

The word crave is used to talk about wanting food a lot.

"I have a bad craving for pickles today."


"If you crave potato chips, you may have a salt deficiency."

are both good examples of this. A more slangy word for "crave" is "Hankering" which means pretty much the exact same thing.

"I have a hankering to eat fried chicken and salsa."

Vince Scalia

Posted 2015-12-15T01:13:26.340

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You are correct that appetite is a general wanting of food.

In BrE, when one likes a particular food, one usually wants more of it.
The adjective that describes this is moreish:

P1: Those cookies are very moreish
P2: Be careful of your waistline!

In AmE, one might say something is habit forming: the more you have, the more you want

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups can be habit forming.


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