New to this edition
Readership: Anyone interested in the origin of gastronomic terms, professionals in the food industry, word buffs, and linguists.
John Ayto is a freelance writer and the author of many reference works, including the Dictionary of Slang, the Dictionary of Modern Slang, and the Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. He has always had a profound interest in food, drink, cookery, and international cuisines.
Review(s) from previous edition"stuffed with delightful morsels in a digestible form ... essential reading for those who want to know not only what they are eating but also why it is called what it is
"Be warned - this is a dangerously fascinating book. Each time I look something up I'm side-tracked from one entry to another and lost to the world for a good half an hour or more. At least one pan has been boiled dry and black as a result." - Sophie Grigson
"Fascinating A to Z guide on the meaning, origin, and development of over 1,200 food and drink terms old and new. A must for those venturing into New World cuisines and a jolly good laid back read." - Alexander Hunt, Midweek
"Snippets and essaylets combine whimsy and erudition in equal measures. It is more lively than typical reference works, but also literate, factually sure-footed, and useful." - Michael Raffael, Sunday Telegraph
"Did you know that lasagne ultimately comes from a word meaning chamber pot? I love this sort of dotty reference book, useful for crossword puzzles and general browsing." - Jennifer Patterson, London Evening Standard
"wickedly amusing" - New Statesman & Society
"a fascinating book ... a comprehensive account of the meaning and origins of foods and drinks" - Leicester Mercury
"Thanks to John Ayto's dictionary ... for these thoughts on haggis - and for many other stimulating suggestions on the names for other foodstuffs." - Daily Telegraph
"an olla podrida of entertaining and recondite information" - Observer
"the book itself is fascinating, the kind of dip-into reference work that has you happily browsing an hour later .. Every kitchen - or bedroom - shelf should have this book." - Lesley Garner, Sunday Telegraph
"A quirky, irresistible volume" - Good Book Guide