“....his words are a very fantastical banquet, just so many strange dishes.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
'Much Ado About Nothing'
“Banquet: an affair where you eat a lot of food you don’t want before talking about something you don’t understand to a crowd of people who don’t want to hear you.”
“I am a strong partisan of second causes, and I believe firmly that the entire gallinaceous order (fowl) has been merely created to furnish our larders and our banquets.”
Jean-Antheleme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)
“It [soup] is to a dinner what a portico or a peristyle is to a building; that is to say, it is not only the first part of it, but it must be devised in such a manner as to set the tone of the whole banquet, in the same way as the overture of an opera announces the subject of the work.”
Grimod de la Reynière (1758-1838)
“A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.”
“The cabbage surpasses all other vegetables. If, at a banquet, you wish to dine a lot and enjoy your dinner, then eat as much cabbage as you wish, seasoned with vinegar, before dinner, and likewise after dinner eat some half-dozen leaves. It will make you feel as if you had not eaten, and you can drink as much as you like.”
Cato (234-149 B.C.)
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