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Cupboard Love: A Dictionary of Culinary Curiosities Paperback – September 30, 2000
Top Customer Reviews
What all of this means in practical terms is that while the book does an excellent job of explaining the origins of words such as `barbecue', `chowder', and `Caesar Salad', it says very little about what these things are. As such, the book is much more something to be read for entertainment than as a kitchen reference like the great `Larousse Gastronomique' or Alan Davidson's `The Oxford Companion to Food'. Aside from being a pleasure to read, the book is primarily a source for writers of cookbooks who wish to provide entertaining headnotes to recipes for aubergines, rocket, and ramps. But wait, `rocket', the UK name for arugula, and `ramps', the name of a wild garlic does not appear in this book.Read more ›
Mark Morton is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Winnipeg in Canada. This is his second book.
Cupboard of Love has been updated from its earlier 1996 version. It was nominated for a Julia Child Award in 1997. Here, you can be taken on a journey to find where the originations of certain food and food terminologies have come from. This book is like a mini-historical tour across the globe telling us that croissants originally came from Turkey (not France) and that butteries were designed to hold wine not dairy.
This is not a cookbook. There are no recipes inside. Nor are there photographs either. This book is literally a dictionary.
If you are curious where your food has come from, or perhaps where the term "hodgepodge" has come from, then check out this book! It is really quite interesting!
A Dictionary of Culinary Curiosities
By Mark Morton
This is the second, revised edition of Cupboard Love and a must-own for etymologists, food etymologists in particular. In 330 pages, Morton defines origins of words such as the bain-marie, what is banyan day? How about the word, cornucopia, the corsned, hyppogastronomy or sesame.
For instance, the word, tiramisu" is: "The name of this dessert comes from the Italian phrase, tira mi su, literally meaning pick me up, probably because the coffee-soaked sponge cake provides a slight caffeine boost. "Tiramisu" began to appear in England in the early 1980s. Much earlier, in the mid nineteenth century, pick-me-up, itself emerged as a name for a stemulationg drink, one intended to perk up the imbiber.
Cupboard Love is full of these morsels, makes a lovely gift.
© Marty Martindale, 2005, Largo FL
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Often a book is either intensely informative or delightfully readable. Mark Morton has skillfully blended these qualities into a literary banquet beautifully served well seasoned... Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by Hank Bruce
This is another "used" book that I bought. It came brand new! I recommend searching for "used" books before buying a new one.Published on October 2, 2011 by Roman C Roskowinski
The original Cupboard Love was nominated in 1997 for a Julia Child award. Now, nearly eight years later, author Morton has released a new, expanded edition of the book, which... Read morePublished on February 8, 2005 by T. Kirkham
This book explains where food words and cooking words come from. It assumes that you already know what the food is (or, in the case of a recipe, how it's made) and focuses instead... Read morePublished on December 24, 2004 by Mandy