“I got food poisoning today. But I don't know when I'm going to use it.”
Steven Wright, Comedian, actor, writer. (1955- )
“Everything I eat has been proved by some doctor or other to be a deadly poison, and everything I don't eat has been proved to be indispensable to life.....But I go marching on.”
George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright (1856-1950)
“One man's poison ivy is another man's spinach.”
George Ade (1866-1944) American humorist
“Belladonna: In Italian, a beautiful lady; in English, a deadly poison.”
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) ‘The Devil's Dictionary’
“Food, one assumes, provides nourishment; but Americans eat it fully aware that small amounts of poison have been added to improve its appearance and delay its putrefaction.”
“The dessert, properly prepared, contributes equally to health and comfort; but 'got up' as confectionary too often is, it is not only distasteful to a correct palate, but is deleterious and often actually poisonous.”
‘The Complete Confectioner, Pastry-Cook, and Baker’
“Of the tomato or love apple, I know very little. It is chiefly employed as a sauce or condiment. No one, it is believed, regards it as very nutritious; and it belongs, like the mushroom and the potatoe, to a family of plants, some of the individuals of which are extremely poisonous. Some persons are even injured, more or less, by the acid of the tomato.”
‘The Young House-keeper‘ by William Andrus Alcott (1846)
“What is food to one man may be fierce poison to others.”
Lucretius (c. 99 B.C.–c. 55 B.C.)
“It is odd how all men develop the notion, as they grow older, that their mothers were wonderful cooks. I have yet to meet a man who will admit that his mother was a kitchen assassin and nearly poisoned him.”
Robertson Davies, Canadian author (1913-1995)
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