Discovering Words in the Kitchen

Discovering Words in the Kitchen

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Throughout history the English language has reflected social changes, trade routes, and waves of fashion. This book examines the histories of the names of foods, ingredients, utensils, drinks, cooking methods, and dishes to show how the vocabulary of English has reflected the ways speakers of the language have interacted with their tastes, their environment and other cultures. Approximately 250 words that have entered English language over the past fifteen hundred years are examined, ranging from Old English adoptions from Latin via French, to U.S. adoptions from Chinese. Changes of spelling and meaning and disagreements about the history of the words are discussed, supported by references within the text to authoritative food historians and dictionary writers from Johnson and Webster to the most recent publications.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 96 pages
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (Digital)
  • Bloomsbury Shire
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 b/w
  • 0747813108
  • 9780747813101

About Julian Walker

Julian Walker is an artist and writer, the author of Discovering Words; he leads art and language workshops for schools, museums and other organisations, including the British Library, where he specialises in the English language and the history of books.show more

Table of contents

Introduction /Fruit /Vegetables /Salad /Meat /Fish and Shellfish /Dairy Produce /Cereals /On the Table /Dishes /Desserts /Drinks /Nuts /In the Cupboard /Herbs and Spices /Cooking /Meals and Places /Bibliography and Indexshow more

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