“But when the time comes that a man has had his dinner, then the true man comes to the surface.”
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
“My definition of Man is, a 'Cooking Animal'. The beasts have memory, judgement, and all the faculties and passions of our mind, in a certain degree; but no beast is a cook....Man alone can dress a good dish; and every man whatever is more or less a cook, in seasoning what he himself eats.”
James Boswell, 'Tour to the Hebrides' (1740-1795)
“Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.”
Samuel Butler (1835-1902) 'Notebooks'
“An honest laborious Country-man, with good Bread, Salt and a little Parsley, will make a contented Meal with a roasted Onion.”
John Evelyn (1620-1706)
“Alcohol is necessary for a man so that he can have a good opinion of himself, undisturbed by the facts.”
Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936)
“Coleridge holds that a man cannot have a pure mind who refuse apple-dumplings. I am not certain but that he is right.”
Charles Lamb (1775-1834)
“As in the fine arts, the progress of mankind from barbarism to civilisation is marked by a gradual succession of triumphs over the rude materialities of nature, so in the art of cookery is the progress gradual from the earliest and simplest modes, to those of the most complicated and refined.”
Isabella Beeton (1836-1865)
‘The Book of Household Management’ (1861)
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