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Ladyfingers and Nun's Tummies From Spare Ribs to Humble Pie--A Lighthearted Look at How Foods Got Their Names

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ISBN-10: 0375702989

ISBN-13: 9780375702983

Edition: N/A

Authors: Martha Barnett

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"Everything in [this book] is delightful to learn. Barnette takes us through languages and across millennia in a charming style . . . that offers endless food for thought." --The New Yorker What makes the pretzel a symbol of religious devotion, and what pasta is blasphemous in every bite? How did a drunken brawl lead to the name lobster Newburg? What naughty joke is contained in a loaf of pumpernickel? Why is  cherry a misnomer, and why aren't refried beans fried twice? You'll find the answers in this delectable exploration of the words we put into our mouths. Here are foods named for the things they look like, from cabbage (from the Old North French caboche, "head") to vermicelli…    
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Book details

List price: $13.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/24/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.24" wide x 7.99" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English