A Gourmet's Guide

A Gourmet's Guide : Food and Drink from A to Z

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From" Angels on Horseback" to "Zabaglione" this lively and authoritative guide presents the meaning, origin, and development of over 1,200 food and drink terms. The book's rich spread will delight all those who want to discover more about what they eat and drink.Encyclopedic entries on a wide range of foodstuffs, dishes, and beveragesStaple foods ( "potato, rice" ) and everday drinks ( "tea, coffee" )Foods named after their place of origin - "Stilton" and "Petit Suisse" Popular foreign cuisine from "Ciabatta" to "poppadom" Gastronomic red herrings such as "Bombay duck, Alaska strawberries, " and "prairie oyster"show more

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  • Paperback | 396 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 20.32mm | 226.8g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192800256
  • 9780192800251

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"[A] book that with wit and erudition gently urges on us the notions that all things change, that the more things change the more they remain the same and that most of the enmities suffered among countries are ridiculous because we share hungers and languages in a thousand subtle ways."--Copley Newspapers"Essential reading for those who want to know not only what they are eating, but also why it is called what it is....The book is stuffed with delightful morsels in a digestible form."--Independent"An olla podrida of entertaining and recondite information."--Observershow more

About John Ayto

John Ayto is a freelance writer and author of many reference works including The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang (with John Simpson), the Longman Register of New Words, and the Glutton's Glossary.show more

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