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LADYFINGERS &NUNS TUMMIES by Martha Barnett 0375702989 9780375702983
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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 ischerry a misnomer, and why arent refried beans fried twice? Youll 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 (little worms). Youll learn where people dine on nuns tummy and angels breast. There are foods named after people (Graham crackers) and places (peaches), along with commonplace terms derived from words involving food and drink (dope, originally a Dutch word for dipping sauce). Witty, bawdy, and stuffed with stories, Ladyfingers and Nuns Tummies is a feast of history, culture, and language. Why didnt anyone think of this before? . . . What fun Martha Barnette has made of it all, every name for every dish explained and traced and jollied. --William F. Buckley, Jr.

Author: Martha Barnett

Language: English

Edition: Vintage Books ed

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 224

Publisher: Random House, Inc.

Publication Date: 1998-11-24

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ISBN: 0375702989

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