Fruitcakes & Couch Potatoes, and Other Delicious Expressions
Traces the history and explains the usage of more than 1,000 food-related expressions, arranged into thirteen categories that cover the main kinds of food like fruits, vegetables, and meat, as well as terms from dining and cooking.
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alludes Ambrose Bierce American slang ancient appeared apple Atlantic bagel baked banana beans became beef beer boiled Boston Globe bread bread and roses Britain British butter butter-and-egg cabbage cake called candy caviar cheese cherry cocktail coffee cookie cooking corn cracker cream dates denotes Devil's Dictionary dish drink early edible English Eric Partridge expression figuratively fish flavor French fruit fruitcake gave rise goose grapes huckleberry John Ciardi kind late nineteenth century Latin linguistic transfers lobster meal meaning meant meat melon metaphor mid-nineteenth century milk muffin numerous nuts obsolete Ogden Nash one's onion orange origin pear peas persimmon phrase popular porridge potato probably proverb pudding resembling salad salt sauce saying served seventeenth century Shakespeare signified sixteenth century someone song soup spices stew sweet thing toast twentieth century usage vegetable verb vodka W. S. Gilbert William Shakespeare wine word wrote York