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Romaine Wasn't Built in a Day

The Delightful History of Food Language

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Regular Price $33 CAD

Regular Price $26

Regular Price $33 CAD

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"Scrumptious…This book was meant to be devoured."
—Roy Peter Clark, author of Murder Your Darlings

"I will never look at my breakfast the same way again!"
—Sarah Lohman, author of Eight Flavors

Romaine calm and read on for a deliciously detailed digest of food language throughout time from celebrated linguist and historian Judith Tschann

Food and words—we rely on both to sustain our daily lives. We begin each morning hungry for nourishment and conversation, and our happiest moments and fondest memories are often filled with ample servings of both.

Food historian Judith Tschann celebrates this glorious intersection of linguistic and culinary affinities with Romaine Wasn't Build in a Day, a decadent romp through the history of food words. On the hunt for the hidden stories behind hundreds of dishes and ingredients we take for granted—like pumpernickel, for example, which literally means "Farting Nicholas"—Tschann takes us on an expedition from the vineyards of Avignon to the shores of Tahiti, illuminating the ways in which language is ever-changing, infinitely amusing, and entirely inseparable from culture, history, and identity. 

Full of endless morsels of fascination for word nerds and foodies alike, Romaine Wasn't Built in a Day will beguile history buffs, captivate crossword fiends, satiate Scrabble nerds, and feed our fondness for our two favorite pastimes: eating and talking. 

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"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
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