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Words to Eat By by Ina Lipkowitz
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Jun 27, 12

bookshelves: books-about-books-and-or-words, food, france, great-britain-ireland, history, middle-east, non-fiction, cookbook
Read from June 27 to 28, 2012

This is a somewhat repetitive but often enlightening history of food and language (not just the English language, despite the subtitle!).

Lipkowitz excels in combining disparate threads from a mostly European past, contrasting the British Isles and the Mediterranean, Romans and Celts, and haute cuisine and peasant food. I enjoyed the interweaving of Christianity's role in our modern American & English food preferences, too.

Apples, leeks, milk, meat and bread are featured, but these topics are encompassed by more general discussions of fruit, vegetables (& weeds & foraging), dairy products, and civilization vs. barbarism in Western history.

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