The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.1 X 9.3 X 1.0 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Dan Jurafsky, a recipient of a MacArthur "Genius Grant," is professor and chair of linguistics and professor of computer science at Stanford University. He and his wife live in San Francisco.


Writing with knowledge and wit, Dan Jurafsky shows that the language of food reflects our desires and aspirations, whether it's on a fancy French menu or a bag of potato chips.--Bee Wilson, author of Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat
Delightful. The distinguished linguist Dan Jurafsky brings a battery of skills to reveal the far-flung links of many of our dishes, to reveal how potato chip advertisements work, and to give an insider's guide to reading menus. I couldn't put this book down.--Rachel Laudan, author of Cuisine and Empire: Cooking in World History
A model of rigor and readability... weave[s] together the journey food makes through culture with the journey its name makes through language.--Peter Sokolowski "New York Times Book Review"
Fresh and insightful... The complexities of language, intertwined with the endless combinations of ingredients and the rich history of eating, make for a rich and rewarding read.--Matthew Tiffany "Minneapolis Star Tribune"
Stanford linguist Dan Jurafsky doesn't just explain the origins of the word for the red sauce we slather on 'French' fries; he uses the global ketchup trade as evidence for a new understanding of global economic history.--Ruth Walker "Christian Science Monitor"