“Without Spam, we wouldn't have been able to feed our army.”
Nikata Khrushchev, 'Kruschev Remembers' (1970)
"You are very fortunate to be assigned to duty at Fortress Monroe on Chesapeake Bay; it is just the season for soft shelled crabs, and hog fish have just come in, and they are the most delicious panfish you ever ate."
General Winfield Scott, May, 1861, speaking to General Benjamin Butler
“An army marches on its stomach.”
"when General Lee took possession of Chambersburg on his way to Gettysburg, we happened to be a member of the Committee representing the town. Among the first things he demanded for his army was twenty-five barrels of Saur-Kraut."
Editor, ‘The Guardian’ (1869)
“The army from Asia introduced a foreign luxury to Rome; it was then the meals began to require more dishes and more expenditure . . . the cook, who had up to that time been employed as a slave of low price, become dear: what had been nothing but a métier was elevated to an art.”
Livy (Titus Livius), Roman historian (59-17 B.C.)
‘The Annals of the Roman People’
“The same intelligence is required to marshal an army in battle and to order a good dinner. The first must be as formidable as possible, the second as pleasant as possible, to the participants.”
Plutarch (46 - 120) Greek biographer and philosopher,
quoting Aemilius Paulus, conqueror of Persia
“I idolized my mother. I didn't realize she was a lousy cook until I went into the army.”
Jackie Gayle, American comedian.
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