The Language of Food

The Language of Food

A Linguist Reads the Menu

Book - 2014
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Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393240832
Branch Call Number: 641.3002 J974L 2014
Characteristics: 246 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Harriet_the_Spy Dec 07, 2016

This is a great book for people who love food and words. If you're the kind of person who has ever wondered why a turkey has the same name as a country, or wondered where the word ketchup comes from, you will be truly happy to have read this book. You'll also find out the connection between foods that seem unrelated (English fish & chips / sushi), and will find yourself wishing to be invited to Jurafsky's house for brunch.

LPL_EliH Aug 28, 2015

Full disclosure: food is a passion of mine, and etymology is not far behind. So I might be a little biased in how much I loved this book. Jurafsky is a (non) classic triple threat: linguist, historian, and gastronomer. He delves into the rich, world-spanning history of thirteen different foods and culinary traditions; the result is a fascinating, in-depth explanation of how what's on our plate got to be that way. It will stimulate your mind-- and your stomach.

Dec 18, 2014

Yes I agree. This is one of the most interesting non-fiction books I've read recently.

eferry Nov 08, 2014

While this topic might not sound appealing, Jurafsky makes the linguistics of food rather engaging.

He makes a solid link between a Chinese fish sauce of the Middle Ages and our own modern favorite, ketchup. Sound interesting? Did you know that fish and chips, the British delight, originates from a vinegary meat stew from Persia?

A quick read, this book is sure to make you think a little bit more about what we eat.


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