Discovering Words in the Kitchen
By Julian Walker
(Shire, Paperback, 9780747807766, 96pp.)
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
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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.
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.
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 specializes in the English language and the history of books.
"... a wonderful little culinary etymological dictionary ... Walker's introduction is a concise and helpful history of dining in Britain through the ages." -Kitchen Retro, www.kitchenretro.blogspot.com (October 2010)