Eatymology: The Dictionary of Modern Gastronomy

Do you like your garlic Goodfellas thin? Have you ever been part of a carrotmob? Why are  bartenders fat washing their spirits (and what does that even mean)?


Eatymology 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. Learn more.

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Comfort Me with Offal: Ruth Bourdain’s Guide to Gastronomy

The definitive manual for eating, drinking, and fondling food from the James Beard Award-winning Twitter sensation, Ruth Bourdain.


Twitter sensation and culinary mash-up Ruth Bourdain, winner of the 2011 James Beard Foundation Award for Humor, is your personal guide on this culinary adventure, sharing a wealth of knowledge acquired through years in restaurant kitchens, experimentation with food porn, smoking tangerine zest, and an unfortunate incident involving a durian. Along the way, Comfort Me with Offal features vivid and fascinating personal stories from Ruth Bourdain’s extraordinary life in food, including appearances from many of the world’s most renowned chefs.


Not since Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin’s landmark The Physiology of Taste has there been a more comprehensive guide to the world of food and wine. From food history to dining etiquette to matters of taste, this practical handbook offers the basics for navigating every aspect of gastronomy.

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Other books I've contributed to

Made With Love: The Meals On Wheels Family Cookbook

I contributed the recipe for my grandfather Saul’s mandelbrodt (which unofficially translates as Jewish biscotti) to this cookbook compilation of more than 100 family recipes from the tables of actors, chefs, writers, and other celebrities, including Cokie Roberts, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Martha Stewart, Mario Batali, Maya Angelou, and Joan Rivers, among others.

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