"I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than badly cooked dinners and untidy ways. Men are now so well served out of doors at clubs, hotels and restaurants -- that to compete with the attractions of these places, a mistress must be thoroughly acquainted with the theory and practice of cooker as well as all the other arts of making and keeping a comfortable home."
Isabella Beeton (1836-1865)
“The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent, not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.”
Tom Robbins, ‘A Cook's book of Quotations’
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