Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 22:34:58 -0400
From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: LADYFINGERS & NUN'S TUMMIES review; "Supermodels" again
LADYFINGERS & NUN'S TUMMIES:
A LIGHTHEARTED LOOK AT HOW FOODS GOT THEIR NAMES
by Martha Barnette
213 pages, $20
Times Books, Random House (1997)
David Shulman told me about this. "There's a new book on food words,"
Was anything really wrong with the first ten or so books about this?
Sure, none of them were too scholarly (perhaps Christine Ammer's book was
the best of this type), but still....
LADYFINGERS doesn't have a bibliography. If you're doing a book that's
been done before, that's a pretty good idea.
Let's wait before I throw this book completely across the room. Let's
see page 119:
As for _hot dog_, at the beginning of this century a famous cartoonist
named T. A. "Tad" Dorgan supposedly drew one of these sausages to resemble a
dachsund on a long bun, a sort of visual pun that played upon the fact that
the funny-looking dog was a jocular symbol for things German, as well as the
growing public suspicion that these sausages contained meat from sources
other than farm animals.
Was there no one at Times Books/Random House to stop this?
"A LIGHTHEARTED LOOK AT HOW FOODS GOT THEIR NAMES."
Make that really, really light. When you're doing the 11th book on a
subject, it really shouldn't be worse than the other ten....