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“The British cook, for her iniquities, is a foolish woman who should be turned into a pillar of salt which she never knows how to use.”
Oscar Wilde, 'Dinners and Dishes' (1885)
“I'll bet what motivated the British to colonize so much of the world is that they were just looking for a decent meal."
"Poor Britons, there is some good in them after all -- they produced an oyster."
Saullust, Roman historian, referring to the oyster beds in East Anglia.
"Britain is the only country in the world where the food is more dangerous than the sex."
“All in all, I think the British actually hate food, otherwise they couldn't possibly abuse it so badly. Americans, on the other hand, love food but seldom care what it tastes like.”
“The British Empire was created as a by-product of generations of desperate Englishmen roaming the world in search of a decent meal.”
“Village life makes stale bread so common that toasting has become a national habit restricted to the British Isles and those countries which have been colonized by Britain.”
H.D. Renner, 'The Origin of Food Habits’ (1944)
“You cannot trust people who have such bad cuisine. It is the country [Great Britain] with the worst food after Finland.”
French President Jacques Chirac in a remark on the eve of the G8 summit in 2005
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