Cupboard Love: A Dictionary of Culinary Curiosities

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Bain & Cox, 1996 - Cooking - 399 pages
"... erudite and imaginative" -- Margaret Visser (author of The Rituals of Dinner and The Way We Are)

A feast of words? Or, words on which to feast -- Cupboard Love: A Dictionary of Culinary Curiosities will change the way you feel about your next meal!

Is that thing in the pot an abominable thing? What was so delicious about funistrada that the US Army ranked it above most other foods? Is that a death-cake? How do you kiss a crust? Mark Morton has laid out a sumptuous meal of words in a dictionary with over a thousand entries that pays homage to the rare, bizarre, wicked, and the most sublime in culinary etymology. Thoroughly researched and accurate, Cupboard Love is an addictively readable book that takes you on a journey across cultures and history to arrive at the explanations behind some of your favourite culinary words and phrases, answering along the way those questions you've always had about food, but were afraid to ask the cook.

Just when you thought it was safe to come out of the kitchen, Cupboard Love boils over with the etymologies of over a thousand entries, from a la to zuppa inglese.

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User Review  - EvaCatHerder - LibraryThing

I have read many books on this subject and they range fairly widely in both depth and quality. I found Cupboard Love to be right in the middle on both counts. While I didn't find anything wildly ... Read full review


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Mark Morton is an assistant professor of English at the University of Winnipeg, and language columnist for CBC radio's Definitely Not the Opera. Morton lives in Winnipeg with his wife, author Melanie Cameron.

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