What Caesar Did for My Salad: The Curious Stories Behind Our Favorite Foods
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What Caesar Did for My Salad: The Curious Stories Behind Our Favorite Foods

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the term "hot dog" is believed to have been coined during a baseball game between the Yankees and the Giants in 1901? calzones get their name from their less-than-glamorous looks: calzone means "trouser leg" or "drooping sack" in Italian? the word "salary" comes from Roman soldiers being paid their wages in salt? shrimp cocktail became popular in the 1920s...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Perigee Trade (first published September 2nd 2010)
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ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ
This book started out okay and was very interesting. The trouble is, it can't continue to hold your interest without boring you to tears. The author gives you historical backgrounds that can at times be incredibly fascinating, however, he can also drone on and put you to sleep he's so boring. It would have been better had it been shorter, as I made it through 2/3rds of the book, reading 5-10 minutes at a stretch, before I was so bored that I started skimming the last couple of sections.
Simon
Pleasant enough, bite-sized, fact-filled nuggets of food history. Presumably aimed at the UK market, as the only mention of non-European food is a couple of chapters relating to the origins of dishes found in Chinese and Indian takeaways. The fact that each dish gets only a page or so precludes any depth, but there's still much to enjoy, and it's full of anecdote and etymology.
Jonathan Copeland
quite enjoyed the book. It's rather light and easy to read. In many cases the origins of dishes do not seem to be known so it's inconclusive in many cases. The author adds many bits of popular history, which many people will already know about, but I didn't mind that.
Kathy
Quick read on historical background of most of our favorite foods. From soup to nuts...very entertaining!
Nattaporn
Lot of information about food that I like, very interesting book.
Melissa
Interesting book filled with fun food facts.
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