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gold and silver leaf

in The Oxford Companion to Food

Third edition

Published in print January 2014 | ISBN: 9780199677337
Published online November 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191756276
gold and silver leaf

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are both used to decorate foods, and have been so used for many centuries. Surprisingly, both are harmless as long as they are consumed as pure metals, though many silver compounds are poisonous. They are on the EC list of approved colourings, having the numbers E175 and E174. Usually they are applied in the form of very thin sheets known as gold or silver leaf. Narrow ribbons and powder are also sold. All are tasteless and odourless....

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Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink

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