I've learned more about food from Iron Chef, than from anything else. I keep a notebook next to me and write down words I don't know, to research later. That gave me an idea to blog about certain culinary words, that I've researched. Here is the first installment of the cooking term posts.
The term is French, literally translated to "mouth amuser" [for bouche = mouth; amuser = to amuse, to please]. The plural form is amuse-bouche or amuse-bouches. The original French word, more frequently employed, is amuse-gueule (gueule is slang for mouth but in fact means animal's mouth (one word in French), although amuse-bouche is more often used on menus in fine dining restaurants.