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The Resource The language of food : a linguist reads the menu, Dan Jurafsky

The language of food : a linguist reads the menu, Dan Jurafsky

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The language of food : a linguist reads the menu
Title
The language of food
Title remainder
a linguist reads the menu
Statement of responsibility
Dan Jurafsky
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Language
eng
Summary
Why do we eat toast for breakfast, and then toast to good health at dinner? What does the turkey we eat on Thanksgiving have to do with the country on the eastern Mediterranean? Can you figure out how much your dinner will cost by counting the words on the menu? In The Language of Food, Stanford University professor and MacArthur Fellow Dan Jurafsky peels away the mysteries from the foods we think we know. Thirteen chapters evoke the joy and discovery of reading a menu dotted with the sharp-eyed annotations of a linguist. Jurafsky points out the subtle meanings hidden in filler words like "rich" and "crispy," zeroes in on the metaphors and storytelling tropes we rely on in restaurant reviews, and charts a microuniverse of marketing language on the back of a bag of potato chips. The fascinating journey through The Language of Food uncovers a global atlas of culinary influences. With Jurafsky's insight, words like ketchup, macaron, and even salad become living fossils that contain the patterns of early global exploration that predate our modern fusion-filled world. From ancient recipes preserved in Sumerian song lyrics to colonial shipping routes that first connected East and West, Jurafsky paints a vibrant portrait of how our foods developed. A surprising history of culinary exchange-a sharing of ideas and culture as much as ingredients and flavors-lies just beneath the surface of our daily snacks, soups, and suppers. Engaging and informed, Jurafsky's unique study illuminates an extraordinary network of language, history, and food. The menu is yours to enjoy
Biographical or historical data
Dan Jurafsky is the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius Grant" and a professor of linguistics at Stanford University. He and his wife live in San Francisco.
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Jurafsky, Dan
Dewey number
641.3
Illustrations
illustrations
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Food
  • Food
  • Dinners and dining
  • Food habits
  • English language
  • Society
Target audience
general
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The language of food : a linguist reads the menu, Dan Jurafsky
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Publication
Control code
9780393240832
Dimensions
24x17x3 cm.
Extent
272 p.
Isbn
9780393240832
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
30 ill.
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
The language of food : a linguist reads the menu, Dan Jurafsky
Publication
Control code
9780393240832
Dimensions
24x17x3 cm.
Extent
272 p.
Isbn
9780393240832
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
30 ill.
Specific material designation
regular print

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