Cupboard Love 2: A Dictionary of Culinary Curiosities (Google eBook)

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Insomniac Press, 2004 - Cooking - 337 pages
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Nominated in 1997 for a Julia Child Award, Cupboard Love is back, bigger and better than ever. In this updated and expanded edition, Mark Morton lays out a sumptuous feast of more than a thousand culinary word-histories. From everyday foods to exotic dishes, from the herbs and spices of medieval England to the cooking implements of the modern kitchen, Cupboard Love explores the fascinating stories behind familiar and not-so-familiar gastronomic terms. Who knew that the word ''pomegranate'' is related to the word ''grenade''? That ''baguette'' is a cousin of ''bacteria''? That ''souffl(r)'' comes from the same root as ''flatulence''? Who knew that ''vermicelli'' is Italian for ''little worms'', that ''avocado'' comes from an Aztec word meaning ''testicle'', or that ''catillation'' denotes the unseemly licking of plates?
  

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I have read many books on this subject and they range fairly widely in both depth and quality. I found Cupboard Love to be right in the middle on both counts. While I didn't find anything wildly ... Read full review

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... This book is sequenced like a dictionary/reference. Good as reference from a culinary point of view. Read full review

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Contents

M
185
N
205
O
210
P
216
Q
249
R
251
S
261
T
302

F
123
G
138
H
151
I
163
J
166
K
169
L
173
U
319
V
320
W
324
X
332
Y
333
Z
335
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Page 7 - slithy' means 'lithe and slimy.' 'Lithe' is the same as 'active.' You see it's like a portmanteau there are two meanings packed up into one word.
Page 7 - They must be very curious creatures." "They are that," said Humpty Dumpty: "also they make their nests under sundials also they live on cheese." "And what's to 'gyre' and to 'gimble'?" "To 'gyre' is to go round and round like a gyroscope. To 'gimble' is to make holes like a gimlet." "And the 'wabe' is the grass plot round a sundial, I suppose?

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About the author (2004)

Mark Morton is an assistant professor of English at the University of Winnipeg, and language columnist for CBC radio's Definitely Not the Opera. Morton lives in Winnipeg with his wife, author Melanie Cameron.

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