Library Hours
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Naper Blvd. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
     
Limit search to available items
Results Page:  Previous Next
Author Jurafsky, Dan, 1962- author.

Title The language of food : a linguist read the menu [Hoopla electronic resource] / Dan Jurafsky.

Edition Unabridged.
Publication Info. [United States] : Gildan Media, 2014.
Made available through hoopla
QR Code
Description 1 online resource (1 audio file (6hr., 15 min.)) : digital.
digital digital recording rda
data file rda
Access Digital content provided by hoopla.
Performer Read by Steven Menasche.
Summary Stanford University linguist and MacArthur Fellow Dan Jurafsky dives into the hidden history of food. 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.
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject Food -- History.
Food -- Terms and phrases.
Dinners and dining -- Terms and phrases.
Food habits -- History.
English language -- Etymology.
Added Author Menasche, Steven, narrator.
hoopla digital.
ISBN 9781469092546 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
1469092549 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
Music No. MWT12161330
Patron reviews: add a review
Click for more information
EAUDIOBOOK
No one has rated this material

You can...
Also...
- Find similar reads
- Add a review
- Sign-up for Newsletter
- Suggest a purchase
- Can't find what you want?
More Information