Words to Eat By

Mindful eating through linguistics. That's Ina Lipkowitz's goal, as she traces the history of five common English words--apples, leeks, milk, meat, and bread--to illustrate both the eternal and temporal nature of ordinary foods.  If "eating the way your ancestors did" sounds appealing to you, then you'll embrace this fascinating survey of ancient habits from an era when a simpler diet reigned.

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