"A tale without love is like beef without mustard, an insipid dish."
Anatole France, French author
“His wit's as thick as Tewksbury mustard.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) 'King Henry IV'
".....the seede of Mustard pounded with vinegar is an excellent sauce, good to be eaten with any grosse meates, either fish or flesh, because it doth help digestion, warmeth the stomache and provoketh appetite."
John Gerard (1623)
“....try the mustard, -- a man can't know what turnips are in perfection without mustard.”
Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
(1835-1910) ‘The Gilded Age’ (1873)
"the drowsy forgetful evil, to use it both inwardly and outwardly, to rub the nostrils, forehead and temples, to warm and quicken the spirits . . . the decoction of the seeds ... resists the malignity of mushrooms.... Being chewed in the mouth it oftentimes helps the tooth-ache. It is also used to help the falling off the hair. The seed bruised, mixed with honey, and applied, or made up with wax, takes away the marks and black and blue spots of bruises or the like . . . it helps also the crick in the neck...."
Nicholas Culpepper (on black mustard) (1649)
"There was an Old Person of Florence,
Who held mutton chops in abhorrence;
He purchased a Bustard,
and fried him in Mustard,
Which choked that Old Person of Florence."
Edward Lear, English artist, writer; known for his 'literary nonsense' & limericks (1812-1888)
"A touch of these mustards brings out the flavor of Gruyère cheese, seasons a salad, gives a lift to white sauces, and gives style to a ragout. The hors d'oeuvre is the first dish to feel their good effect, which only ceases with the dessert."
Paul Reboux (Henri Amillet) (1877-1963) French writer
"Mustard's no good without roast beef."
Chico Marx, ‘Monkey Business’
"Mustard: Good only in Dijon. Ruins the stomach.”
Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)
“Americans can eat garbage, provided you sprinkle it liberally with ketchup, mustard, chili sauce, tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper, or any other condiment which destroys the original flavor of the dish.”
Henry Miller, American writer (1891-1980)
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