“You may be what you eat, but you’re also what you speak, and English words tell a remarkable story about the evolution of our language and culinary history, revealing a vital collision of cultures alive and well, from the time Caesar first arrived on British shores to the present day.” Ina Lipkowitz teaches fiction and biblical studies in the literature department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Words to Eat By is her first book.

Ina Lipkowitz “likes food and she likes words. It stands to reason that she likes the words used to name food, and the sounds that come out of our mouths to express the things that go into them.” “An appealing mixture of scholar and foodie”: that’s what the Wall Street Journal called her in its review of her book Words To Eat By: Five Foods and the Culinary History of the English Language. She loves sleuthing out why we eat what we e

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