But the language of food is not limited to history lessons.

The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu


Communicating in the Language of Food, By Joe Lurie

I created The Language of Food to expose children to three of the most important aspects of life in France, my country of origin: The food, the language, and the culture.

The Language of Food is a cooking program rooted in French culture, consisting of various classes especially for kids during which they learn to create authentic French dishes and pastries drawn from the classic French repertoire, while learning the language related to the recipes.

Communicating in the Language of Food Language Under the Gun

  • Jurafsky, Dan. 2009. Ketchup. The Language of Food.
  • French Culture Facts about Traditions, Language and Food

    I started cooking at the age of 8, and have always enjoyed sharing the experience of creating wonderful food with others. Cooking involves many techniques and secrets passed down through family, friends, and teachers, and it creates an important bond between generations, people, and cultures. I want The Language of Food to nurture those bonds, and to enrich the life experience of its participants.

    -Bee Wilson, author of "The Language of Food is excellent, a fascinating read from beginning to end. From pastas to pastries, you can't resist Dan Jurafsky's insights into what we say about food."