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Bad Food Quotations

“A corpse is meat gone bad. Well and what's cheese? Corpse of milk.”
James Joyce, Irish writer(1882-1941)

“You cannot trust people who have such bad cuisine. It [Great Britain] is the country with the worst food after Finland.”
French President Jacques Chirac in a remark on the eve of the G8 summit in 2005


"It is a very poor consolation to be told that the man who has given one a bad dinner, or poor wine, is irreproachable in private life. Even the cardinal virtues cannot atone for half-cold entrees."
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


“You can tell when you have crossed the frontier into Germany because of the badness of the coffee.”
Edward VII (1841-1910)


“Bad dinners go hand in hand with total depravity, while a man properly fed is already half-saved.”

“I seem to you cruel and too much addicted to gluttony, when I beat my cook for sending up a bad dinner. If that seems to you too trifling a cause, pray tell for what cause you would have a cook flogged?”
Marcus Valerius Martialis, Roman poet
1st century B.C.

“If the skill of the artist had failed, if he had served some ill-prepared dish, the cook was put in irons on the spot, or else was led to the triclinium (dining-room) by two henchmen and severely flogged in the presence of the guests.”
C. DezobryRome au siecle d'Auguste



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