"I confess that my stomach does not take to this style of cooking. I cannot accept calves sweetbreads swimming in a salty sauce, nor can I eat mince consisting of turkey, hare, and rabbit, which they try to persuade me comes from a single animal . . . . As for the cooks, I really cannot be expected to put up with this ham essence, nor the excessive quantity of morels and other mushrooms, pepper, and nutmeg with which they disguise perfectly good food."
Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet) (1694-1778)
“A garlic caress is stimulating. A garlic excess soporific.”
“If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken and so die.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) ‘Twelfth Night’
“the disappearance of hot hors-d'oeuvre was the result of the excessive development of women's skirts.”
Baron Leon Brisse (1813-1876)
“If wine disappeared from human production, I believe there would be, in the health and intellect of the planet, a void, a deficiency far more terrible than all the excesses and deviations for which wine is made responsible. Is it not reasonable to suggest that people that never drink wine, whether naive or doctrinaire, are fools or hypocrites....?”
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet
“The casuists have classed gluttony as one of the seven deadly sins, but if it is not tainted by the vice of drinking to inebriation or eating to excess, it deserves to be on a par with the theological virtues.”
Lucien Tendret (1825-1896)
“A single glass of champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration. The nerves are braced, the imagination is agreeably stirred; the wits become more nimble. A bottle produces the contrary effect. Excess causes a comatose insensibility. So it is with war: and the quality of both is best discovered by sipping.”
Winston Churchill (1871-1947)
‘The Wit of Sir Winston’ (1965)
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