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Food Snob n: reference term for the sort of food obsessive for whom the actual joy of eating and cooking is but a side dish to the accumulation of arcane knowledge about these subjectsFrom the author of The United States of Arugula--and coauthor of The Film Snob’s Dictionary and The Rock Snob’s Dictionary--a delectable compendium of food facts, terminology, and famous nameFood Snob n: reference term for the sort of food obsessive for whom the actual joy of eating and cooking is but a side dish to the accumulation of arcane knowledge about these subjectsFrom the author of The United States of Arugula--and coauthor of The Film Snob’s Dictionary and The Rock Snob’s Dictionary--a delectable compendium of food facts, terminology, and famous names that gives ordinary folk the wherewithal to take down the Food Snobs--or join their zealous ranks.Open a menu and there they are, those confusing references to “grass-fed” beef, “farmstead” blue cheese, and “dry-farmed” fruits. It doesn’t help that your dinner companions have moved on to such heady topics as the future of the organic movement, or the seminal culinary contributions of Elizabeth Drew and Fernand Point. David Kamp, who demystified the worlds of rock and film for grateful readers, explains it all and more, in The Food Snobs Dictionary.Both entertaining and authentically informative, The Food Snob’ s Dictionary travels through the alphabet explaining the buzz-terms that fuel the food-obsessed, from “Affinage” to “Zest,” with stops along the way for “Cardoons,” “Fennel Pollen,” and “Sous-Vide,” all served up with a huge and welcome dollop of wit....

Title : The Food Snob's Dictionary: An Essential Lexicon of Gastronomical Knowledge
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ISBN : 9780767926911
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 144 Pages
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The Food Snob's Dictionary: An Essential Lexicon of Gastronomical Knowledge Reviews

  • Karma Banks
    2019-04-23 07:58

    Humorous but not really what I expected.

  • Kb
    2019-04-24 07:05

    Published in 2007, this book is starting to feel dated, especially in reference to The Food Network, which has evolved considerably. I expected more from this book -- entries are short, cursory, and US-west-coast-centric. There is a whole world of European foodism not covered here. (What about all those Brit-snobs with their Agas, and food tourism in Tuscany and Provence, among other things?) Another disappointment: much like the online Urban Dictionary, the examples of usage for many entries are improbable, manufactured exaggerations that do a disservice to anyone wishing to understand how a word is actually used by real people. It would have been much more work for the author, but much more informative for the reader, to search out published quotes as illustrations of meaning. However, for a light humorous read, I can see why it was written the way it was. This book concentrates on the personalities of authors who wrote influential texts relating to gastronomy (including restaurant reviews), rather than going into any depth about the approaches they inspired -- or inspired others to rebel against. I would love to read a book like this written by someone less interested in humour and more interested in the history of food and food movements.

  • Stephen
    2019-05-12 03:57

    David Kamp wrote "The United States of Arugula" (2006) and proved his chops as both food writer and humourous essayist. The premise of his "Food Snob's Dictionary" is that it prepares one to (a) become a food snob by using its contents correctly and often, or (b) look down on food snobs for their pretentious use of the words contained in the book. In addition to words for foods and processes, the lexicon includes the names and short biographies of many of the biggies -- both classical and modern -- in the food snob world. Where else would one learn the difference between romanesco (a cruciferous vegetable) and romesco (a Spanish sauce akin to pesto)? The introductory essay, which delves the origins of food snobbery and projects them into the future, is an excellent bit of fun writing. His merciless lampooning of food faddists and food terrorists is congenial to those who agree with him.

  • Carmen
    2019-05-05 08:05

    This is a silly little book poking fun at foodies and people who know or are concerned with the purity and authenticity of everything that touches their delicate palate. I certainly fall into that category at times, especially pertaining to a certain ethnic cuisine I am intimately acquainted with. I do disagree with certain entries, especially one pertaining to the Autogrill in Italy. It is the best road food you will ever taste no matter what these two say. And that goes for the Autogrills in the airports too!

  • Cate
    2019-05-03 11:10

    As a self-called Foodie, I really enjoyed this book. It was humbling, however, to realize that I'm not as much of a foodie as I thought I was. The definitions were informative but more importantly, funny. I had a few laugh aloud moments reading this "book."

  • Andrea
    2019-05-02 06:45

    This is equally informative and hilarious in the way it makes fun of foodie culture.

  • Joelen
    2019-04-28 07:03

    This was an okay book.... it didn't tell me too much I didn't already know. I wish there were other lexicon that were more in depth in their descriptions and definitions.

  • Randi
    2019-05-22 06:56

    Left me wanting much more...but still very clever and lots of fun to read.

  • Delight
    2019-05-07 07:45

    This is a funny book about all things gourmet. I cracked up at quite a few of the "definitions".

  • Mandy
    2019-05-04 03:54

    if you love to eat, it's a fun read.

  • Dee
    2019-05-23 10:06

    A sweet gift from my husband - perfect fodder for my online food quiz: http://www.saucemagazine.com/quiz.php

  • Amanda Chisholm
    2019-04-24 04:10

    kamp is a genius.i loved the 'film snob's' and this is even better...

  • Katie
    2019-05-22 11:54

    Two and a half really. It was fine, but not really what I was looking for in a food snob dictionary. I expected there to be more food history and less entries about the big names in the food world.

  • Megan Chromik
    2019-05-21 07:49

    Definitely entertaining.

  • Keith
    2019-05-15 06:46

    This was just fun. Thoroughly enjoyed testing my knowledge and proud to say I did pretty well - but learned a bunch of new things. Good for any true foodie.