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For spelling-tragics like me, some of the 'creative' words on menus (wanton wrappers and beatle leaves spring to mind) cause us to wince, squirm or laugh outright. We really shouldn't, I guess, as most of the dishes we might be able to spell would be beyond us to make.

However help is now at hand for overworked, spelling-challenged chefs and restaurateurs with a new book, Eat Your Words – a menu speller for foodies, by Helen Lucas and Brenda Millott (Futura Training, rrp $22.95, available from1300 651 040 and selected outlets).

Now it's as easy as making toast to know whether to write antipasto or antipasti, avocadoes or avocado, and much more.