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The Language of Food

A Linguist Reads the Menu

by Dan Jurafsky

Hardcover, 246 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $26.95 |

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The Language of Food
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A linguist delves into the world of food, describing the true meanings of descriptive words like "rich" and "crispy" when they appear on a menu and tracing how traditional and favorite dishes spread and changed through colonial shipping routes.

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'Language Of Food' Reveals Mysteries Of Menu Words And Ketchup

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