Eating with Eric Podcast

Episode 9: Josh Friedland on Weird, Funny, Snobby (But Real) New Food Terms

The author of the new dictionary, Eatymology, tells us what 21st century coinages like “bratophobia” and “Goodfellas thin” tell us about ourselves as chefs, cooks and eaters.

James Beard Award winner Josh Friedland used his academic research skills to compile the astonishing list of new food terms in Eatymology.
James Beard Award winner Josh Friedland used his academic research skills to compile the astonishing list of new food terms in Eatymology.
Illustration by John Ueland

Josh Friedland, who lives in Maplewood, rose to secret fame (and the first-ever James Beard Award for humor writing) for his tweets as @ruthbourdain, a wicked mashup of Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain. But he’s also a scholar, and now he’s back, with an eye-opening lexicon, Eatymology, that lays bare our food obsessions.

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