Food Names

GUESTS: Martha Barnette/ Author, Ladyfingers and Nun's Tummies: A Lighthearted Look at How Foods Got Their Names [Times Books, May, 1997] Contributing Editor, Allure magazine John Mariani/ Author, Dictionary of American Food and Drink (William Morrow, 1994) Food and Travel Writer, Esquire magazine Ladyfingers, pretzels, linguine .... did you ever wonder how certain foods got their names? For example french fries are Belgian not French, and the "french" in "french fry" really derives from a cooking method called frenching. Or that vermicelli means "little worms" in Italian?

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