This is a French culinary term which has become obsolete these days. Literally, abat-faim means “hunger killer” and it was used as a course prior to the main course of a meal to appease the guests’ hunger before starting on the main course.

These days you’re more likely to be served with hors d’Ĺ“uvres or appetisers rather than any kind of abat-faim.

If you’re looking for snacks, starters or tapas, try the Not Delia food blog as there are plenty of good ideas on there.

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