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Laws and Food Quotes

“Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see how they are made.”

Otto Von Bismarck (1815-1898)


“Let me cook the dinners of a nation, and I shall not care who makes its laws.”

'Dishes & Beverages Of The Old South'
Martha McCulloch-Williams (1913)


“And do as adversaries do in law, strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
‘The Taming of the Shrew’


    “Bakers of bread rolls and pastry cooks will not buy grain before eleven o'clock in winter and noon in summer; bakers of large loaves will not buy grain before two o'clock. This will enable the people of the town to obtain their supply first. Bakers shall put a distinctive trademark on their loaves, and keep weights and scales in their shops, under penalty of having their licences removed.”

1635 law introduced by Cardinal Richelieular


“Fruits each in its season, are the cheapest, most elegant and wholesome dessert you can offer your family or friends, at luncheon or tea. Pastry and plum-pudding should be prohibited by law, from the beginning of June until the end of September.”

‘Breakfast, Luncheon and Tea’
Marion Harland [Mary Virginia Terhune] (1875)


“Sadder than destitution, sadder than a beggar is the man who eats alone in public. Nothing more contradicts the laws of man or beast, for animals always do each other the honor of sharing or disputing each other's food.”

Jean Baudrillard, French philosopher


“You cannot instruct people by a book how to entertain, though Aristotle is said to have applied his talents to a compilation of a code of laws for the table. Success in entertaining is accomplished by magnetism and tact, which combined constitute social genius.”

Ward McAllister, 'Society As I Have Found It' (1890)



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