“Malta is the only country in the world where the local delicacy is the bread.”
Alan Coren, writer, humorist (1938-2007)
“It is upon record, that three centuries ago the tongue of the Right Whale was esteemed a great delicacy in France, and commanded large prices there.”
Herman Mellville, 'Moby Dick' (1851)
“France has found a unique way of controlling its unwanted critter population. They have done this by giving unwanted animals like snails, pigeons, and frogs fancy names, thus transforming common backyard pests into expensive delicacies. These are then served to gullible tourists, who will eat anything they can't pronounce.”
Chris Harris 'Quotable Feast' by Sarah E. Parvis (2001)
“Boiled cabbage a l'Anglaise is something compared with which steamed coarse newsprint bought from bankrupt Finnish salvage dealers and heated over smoky oil stoves is an exquisite delicacy.”
William Connor (aka 'Cassandra') British columnist
“Congealed fat is pretty much the same, irrespective of the delicacy around which it is concealed.”
Clement Freud, ‘Freud on Food’ (1978)
“Beware the term 'local delicacy.' It's usually code for something revolting.”
“The thought of eating snails conjures up all kinds of weird mental pictures. This state of mind doesn't last for long upon seeing how snails are prepared in Burgundy. We then realize how corrupt our mental picture of this delicacy was.”
Leon Kafka, ‘Paris News Post’ (1951)
“An oyster, that marvel of delicacy, that concentration of sapid excellence, that mouthful before all other mouthfuls, who first had faith to believe it, and courage to execute? The exterior is not persuasive.”
Henry Ward Beecher
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