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 micro-universe 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.
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By cpip on 24-01-15
Highly interesting but a lot of fluff
I loved the points and Information being expressed... There was too much fluff to get to the point... It made it very hard to focus
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By Mohammad M on 07-11-17
Get the book, not the audiobook
I really liked the contents of this book. It covers a number of linguistic adventures into the meaning of various food words and how they have evolved across different cultures. However, audiobook is not the best medium for the contents of this book. The book contains menus, recipes, and illustrations that do not translate well in audio format. On top of this, the narrator mispronounces several non-English words. I'm going to return this audiobook and the get the paper book instead.
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