“I would give all my fame for a pot of ale, and safety.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) 'King Henry V'
"That fellow Béchameil has all the luck! I was serving breast of chicken á la crème more than 20 years before he was born, but I have never had the chance of giving my name to even the most modest sauce."
Duke of Escars, 17th century
“The best fame is a writer's fame. It's enough to get a table at a good restaurant, but not enough to get you interrupted when you eat.”
Fran Lebowitz, journalist
“Chameleons feed on light and air: Poets' food is love and fame.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley, ‘An Exhortation’
to "set the standard for beauty in classical and modem cookery, and attest to the distant future that the French chefs of the 19th century were the most famous in the world."
Marie Antonin Careme (1784-1833)
“They eat the dainty food of famous chefs with the same pleasure with which they devour gross peasant dishes, mostly composed of garlic and tomatoes, or fisherman's octopus and shrimps, fried in heavily scented olive oil on a little deserted beach.”
Luigi Barzini, ‘The Italians’ (1964)
Giovanni Giacomo, Casanova de Seingalt (1725-1798) was famous for his romantic adventures. However at age 73 the Prince of Ligne described him as:
"at 73, no longer a god in the garden or a satyr in the forest, he is a wolf at table."
Prince of Ligne
“If your slave commits a fault, do not smash his teeth with your fists; give him some of the (hard) biscuit which famous Rhodes has sent you.”
Marcus Valerius Martialis, Roman poet
“how many of us have dined at the Réserve at Marseille, that famous restaurant on the Mediterranean shore, where the brothers Roubion have acquired immortal fame? There is but one word in English which describes the sensation of the traveller who eats there for the first time -- that word is revelation.”
‘French Home Life’ (1873)
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