The following quotes are taken from "A Food Lover's Treasury", compiled by Julie Rugg and Lynda Murphy, Frances Lincoln Limited; London, 2008.
"A cucumber should be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out, as good for nothing."
Oooh, like the first part, can't agree with the last idea!
"A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money. Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do."
--P.J. O'Rourke, Bachelor Home Companion (1987)
"There's no question but her tetchiness and most vulturous eating of the apricots are apparent signs of good breeding."
--John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi (1623)
Oooh, a bit of sarcasm accompanied this meal.....
"For three centimes I can eat, drink, and wash my face, all by the means of one of those slices of water-melon you display there on a little table."
--Anatole France, The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard (1881)
I knew there had to be SOME use for watermelon...surely they are not meant to be eaten....ugh!
"Oranges should be eaten in solitude and as a treat when one is feeling hungry. They are too messy and overwhelming to form part of an ordinary meal."
--Iris Murdoch, The Sea, The Sea (1987)
Wish my mom had agreed with this when she was making my school lunches!
"At first he had amorously deceived himself into liking her experiments with food-- the one medium in which she could express imagination--but now he wanted only his round of favourite dishes: steak, roast beef, boiled pig's-feet, oatmeal, baked apples. Because at some more flexible period he had advanced from oranges to grape-fruit he considered himself an epicure."
--Sinclair Lewis, Main Street (1920)
And don't we all know a delusionally uppity someone just like the man in the quote??? Sigh....