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Ladyfingers and Nun's Tummies: A Lighthearted Look at How Foods Got Their Names
In Ladyfingers and Nun's Tummies, Martha Barnette dishes up the answers to questions about the words we put into our mouths every day. In amusing detail, she uncovers the engaging stories behind the names of foods, and how those names reflect our intimate, affectionate relationship with food and drink. "Consider this book a feast of words, " Barnette writes, "a deipnosophi ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published March 10th 2005 by iUniverse
(first published 1997)
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Okay, when it takes me over two weeks to read a book that's only 200 pages long, there's a problem. I love reading about word origins, and food origins, even better. But this one....it was a bit too scholarly for my taste. Too much history and too many footnotes. It was billed as a "light-hearted look at food" but this was anything but. I am not sorry I read it because I did learn some interesting facts about food/word origins, but it was just too dense. I could only read about half of a chapter ...more
I REALLY wanted to like this book - I was super excited to read it and thought that it would be everything I loved wrapped up in one delightful package. There was a lot of valuable information in it, but the writing drove me nuts. To me, it read like a high school essay, with endless redundancies, formulaic introductions to each chapter, and so many tangents on non-food related topics that the book would have been much, much shorter if they had all been edited out. In my opinion, the majority of ...more
"A Way With Words" with Grant Barrett and Martha Barnette is my favorite podcast. I love Martha's stories about food words, so when I learned she'd written a whole book about them, I had to read it. I could hear her in my head reading the words, and I enjoyed the quirky wordplay she snuck in from time to time. I learned a ton of useless trivia (I love useless trivia!) and had several "so that's where that came from" moments. The book was perfect lunchtime reading for both its subject matter and ...more
Jan 15, 2011 Maria (Ri) rated it really liked it
This had some real gems in it. I liked that I could read it at a leisurely pace between other books as well and not lose the story. It's good to have a book you can put down and pick up again off and on. I especially liked the little part about raspberry tarts. That cockney expression has made it into my vocabulary now!