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

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OUP Oxford, Oct 18, 2012 - Cooking - 405 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Word origins of Food Drink A
1
Word origins of Food Drink B
15
Word origins of Food Drink C
55
Word origins of Food Drink D
113
Word origins of Food Drink E
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Word origins of Food Drink F
130
Word origins of Food Drink G
146
Word origins of Food Drink H
165
Word origins of Food Drink O
250
Word origins of Food Drink P
258
Word origins of Food Drink Q
297
Word origins of Food Drink R
299
Word origins of Food Drink S
316
Word origins of Food Drink T
362
Word origins of Food Drink U
383
Word origins of Food Drink V
384

Word origins of Food Drink I
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Word origins of Food Drink J
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Word origins of Food Drink K
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Word origins of Food Drink L
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Word origins of Food Drink M
213
Word origins of Food Drink N
245
Word origins of Food Drink W
391
Word origins of Food Drink X
401
Word origins of Food Drink Y
402
Word origins of Food Drink Z
404
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About the author (2012)

John Ayto is a freelance writer and the author of many reference works, including the Dictionary of Slang, the Dictionary of Modern Slang, and the Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. He has always had a profound interest in food, drink, cookery, and international cuisines.

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