This is the website of writer Josh Friedland, creator of Ruth Bourdain and author of Eatymology: The Dictionary of Modern Gastronomy
I write about food, travel, and culture, ranging from the serious to the satirical
My new book, Eatymology: The Dictionary of Modern Gastronomy, is a collection of 100 weird and wonderful new food words
Eatymology (buy now on amazon.com) demystifies the most fascinating new food words to emerge from today’s professional kitchens, food science laboratories, pop culture, the Internet, and more.
With 100 definitions, illustrations, and fun food facts from bistronomy to wine raves, Eatymology shows you why it’s absolutely imperative to adopt a coffee name and what it means to be gastrosexual. Eatymology is the perfect gift for everyone from foodiots to brocavores.
I wrote about turducken, cherpumple (an official entry in Eatymology: The Dictionary of Modern Gastronomy), and the history of engastration (the cooking of......
One fateful night in March 2010, I created Ruth Bourdain, a ridiculous satirical creature with the world-weary visage of globe-trotting uber-“bad boy chef” Anthony Bourdain shrouded in the flowing mane of legendary author, restaurant critic, and Gourmet magazine editor Ruth Reichl.
Dubbed “the Banksy of the food world,” this Frankenstein monster blended two extreme poles of gastronomy: the hedonistic and the holier-than-thou, the crass and the couth, the plastered and the poetic. Joining these opposite forces together into one satirical character became the perfect vehicle for lampooning all corners of the food world, from celebrity chefs to food media cliches.
Born in Boston and raised in Berkeley, I am a writer and the author of Comfort Me with Offal: Ruth Bourdain’s Guide to Gastronomy and the forthcoming Eatymology: The Dictionary of Modern Gastronomy (November 3, 2015).
My articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Olive (BBC), Time Out New York, epicurious, CHOW, and Tasting Table, among other newspapers, magazines, and websites.