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The Diner's Dictionary: Word Origins of Food and Drink

The Diner's Dictionary: Word Origins of Food and Drink

by John Ayto
     
 

Seasoned generously with literary wit, The Diner's Dictionary is a veritable feast, tracing the origins and history of over 2,300 gastronomical words and phrases. John Ayto spreads across our table a veritable cornucopia, from common fruits and vegetables (apples, cherries, apricots, and broccoli, to name a few), to exotic foreign dishes such as gado-gado, nasi

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Seasoned generously with literary wit, The Diner's Dictionary is a veritable feast, tracing the origins and history of over 2,300 gastronomical words and phrases. John Ayto spreads across our table a veritable cornucopia, from common fruits and vegetables (apples, cherries, apricots, and broccoli, to name a few), to exotic foreign dishes such as gado-gado, nasi goreng, satay, and dashi, and even junk foods such as doughnuts, brownies, and candy. Thoroughly revised, the second edition boasts 1,000 new entries, including the word origins of affogato, bento, cava, goji berry, jalfrezi, mocktail, rugelach, vache qui rit, and zigni. In addition, Ayto has expanded the coverage of vocabulary from foreign cuisines, such as Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, and parts of South America.

Throughout, Ayto provides fascinating capsule histories of the various foods. He tells us, for instance, that cantaloupe was introduced into Europe from Armenia and was apparently first cultivated at Cantaluppi, a former summer estate of the popes near Rome. We learn the ingredients of haggis and that the name of the Scandinavian drink "aquavit" ultimately derives from Latin aqua vitae or "water of life." From jambalaya and callaloo to arrowroot and shiitake, The Diner's Dictionary is a food-lover's dream, filled with information and fascinating lore.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the previous edition:

"Stuffed with delightful morsels in a digestible form.... Essential reading for those who want to know not only what they are eating but also why it is called what it is."
—Independent

"Snippets and essaylets combine whimsy and erudition in equal measures...literate, factually sure-footed, and useful."
—Michael Raffael, Sunday Telegraph

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199640249
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/15/2012
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,166,999
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

John Ayto is a freelance writer and the author of many reference works, including the Dictionary of Slang, the Dictionary of Modern Slang, and Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms.

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