Weekend Book Giveaway: 'The Devil's Food Dictionary'


For this weekend's book giveaway we've got one of my favorite food-related books released this year, The Devil's Food Dictionary by Barry Foy. Described by Foy as "a pioneering culinary reference work consisting entirely of lies," it's a wry take on food that is equal parts pure nonsense, good clean fun, and sharp send-up of foodie pretension. I've blogged about the pizza and burger items in this gem but have enjoyed many more entries since. Example:

farmers market: An open-air, producer-run food outlet whose minimal infrastructure, absence of middlemen, and other cost-cutting measures make it possible for vendors to charge higher prices than in supermarkets.


cake: A leavened, baked confection whose discovery made icing possible. Early cakes had a rather loose, open texture, but the invention of the birthday (c. 161 A.D.) created the need for something dense enough to provide a stable base for candles.

This work of fictional reference would make the perfect stocking stuffer—whether your giftee has been naughty or nice.

We're happy that Barry has partnered with us on this giveaway. We've got five (5) copies for five lucky readers. All you have to do to win one is to create your own fake food definition à la TDFD. The best five, as determined by the SE staff, win a copy.

Contest will end and comments will close at 3 p.m. ET, Monday, December 8, 2008. One entry per community member. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.