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The diner's dictionary : word origins of food & drink

Author: John Ayto
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Did you know that 'croissant' literally means 'crescent' or that oranges are native to China? Do you realize that the word 'pie' has been around for seven hundred years in English or that 'toast' comes from the Latin word for 'scorch'? From absinthe to zabaglione, this lively guide presents the meaning and origin of over 2,300 food and drink terms. From basic ingredients to herbs, spices, and traditional dishes to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dictionaries
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Ayto
ISBN: 9780199640249 0199640246
OCLC Number: 796276333
Notes: "First edition published in 1990 by Routledge as The glutton's glossary; Revised edition published 1993 by arrangement with Routledge as The diner's dictionary; First issued as an Oxford University Press paperback 1994 as The Gourmet's guide; Second edition published 2012 by arrangement with Routledge as The diner's dictionary"--Title page verso.
Description: x, 405 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Responsibility: John Ayto.
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From absinthe to zabaglione, theDiner's Dictionary is a mouth-watering collection of food and drink terms, explaining their meaning and origins. Covering basic ingredients and traditional dishes, as  Read more...

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