Food Language

The Spanish Inquisition, hiding in plain sight

The ubiquitous Serrano ham legs hanging in restaurants and homes across the country are the legacy of public displays of pork-eating — prohibited by Judaism and Islam — by new or pretending Christians hundreds of years ago. “Those never seen eating pork became suspects of the Inquisition,” says historian Sebastian de la Obra, director of […]


Drag! Ransack! Thrust! Die!

Clive Anderson of “Whose Line Is It Anyway” fame (that’s the original British version) narrates these one-minute cartoons that take us through the history of the English language. If you haven’t read Bill Bryson’s The Mother Tongue, you’ll want to after you watch these videos.