Discovering Words in the Kitchen

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Discovering Words in the Kitchen

By Julian Walker

Shire Publications, Paperback, 9780747807766, 96pp.

Publication Date: May 25, 2010


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.

250 words which have entered English 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.

About the Author
Julian Walker is an artist and writer who leads workshops at the British Library on literature, art, history, printing, and the English language. His previous publications include "Team Talk: Sporting Words and Their Origins "and "Trench Talk: Words of the First World War".

Praise For Discovering Words in the Kitchen

"... a wonderful little culinary etymological dictionary ... Walker's introduction is a concise and helpful history of dining in Britain through the ages." -Kitchen Retro, (October 2010)