Yum!Yes, It's a Piece of Cake!: Food-related Idioms and Expressions for English Learners

 
9780977392810: Yum!Yes, It's a Piece of Cake!: Food-related Idioms and Expressions for English Learners

The book is written specially for English learners. It covers the most common food-related idioms and expressions in American English with sample sentences, origins and plenty of usage notes. It also discusses intriguing and sometimes confusing terms (such as dinner vs. supper; condiments vs. seasonings; hot vs. spicy) that not only are useful to English learners but are of interest to English speakers as well.

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May Pare was born in Thailand as Mayuree Durongbhan and grew up there. She moved to the U.S. in 1984. A graduate of UCLA with an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language, she has written a previous book, Body Idioms and More for Learners of English (2005).

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May Pare's new language book is a fastinating and instructive look at how we use imagery in English. Titled Yum! Yes, It's a Piece of Cake!:Food-related Idioms and Expressions for English Learners, it walks us through the many ways that food imagery is used to express and illustrate ideas. Pare arranges the book by food groups, so if we want fruit imagery, we can find casual but highly informative analysis of 'apple of one's eye' or 'sour grapes' or even 'forbidden fruit,' this entry even quoting Dear Abby. If we want different food imagery, we can look at 'doesn't cut the mustard' or 'fifty lashes with a wet noodle' or 'the whole enchilada' as contrasted with 'the big enchilada.' Throughout, Pare quotes sources as diverse as Andrew Carnegie, Punch magazine, Shakespeare, Ann Landers, Aesop, Juvenal and Bart Simpson. Her historical analysis does not replace the Oxford English Ditionary, but it appears to be just as accurate, and more accessible. Although the book is nominally intended for English learners, I found it wonderfully fascinating for those of us born to the language. I learned a few new phrases ('fine words butter no parsnips' and 'curate's egg') and I had lots of fun reading about the ones that I know and maybe even use. The book includes a short list of works used and cited, and an extensive index of phrases. This work joins May Pare's first book, Body Idioms and More for Learners of English(2005), as a pleasurable and useful source of information on several levels. --John Storck, Reference Librarian, Glendale Public Library, Glendale, CA

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