" ...a fascinating history of how we eat and cook."—Kim Severson, The New York Times
"If you’ve ever paused mid-sip to wonder about the origins of your piping hot coffee or pondered the etymological roots of the word 'pastrami,' former English professor Judith Tschann has some very fun answers. Tschann joyfully explores our daily food rituals, from breakfast spreads to boozy nightcaps, parsing the language we use to talk about what we eat and drink, and why. Along the way, she unearths surprising origin stories and twisty verbal evolutions. The result is a truly delightful smorgasbord of history and linguistics that kept us entertained—and made us hungry."—Apple Books
"Accomplished medievalist Tschann turns her linguistic skills to sussing out the origins of all manner of food-related words... Tschann's approach is lighthearted, but her aim is serious."
"I will never look at my breakfast the same way again!"—Sarah Lohman, author of Eight Flavors
"Scrumptious... This book was meant to be devoured."—Roy Peter Clark, author of Murder Your Darlings
"Every page feels like a journey of discovery..."—marthastewart.com
"A literary feast for people curious about the history of food names and word nerds in general...an informative and humorous stroll through words."—The Marketplace