13 June 2014

Friday's Literary Feast

Quotes from The Virago Book of Food:  The Joy of Eating

ISABELLA BIRD
1831 - 1904

Though supplies in their cabin were already running low, Bird's companions found it hard to turn away a deserter.  His insatiable hunger led them to regret their hospitality.

November 29

Before the boy came I had mistaken some faded cayenne pepper for ginger, and had made a cake with it.  Last evening I put half of it into the cupboard and left the door open.  During the night we heard a commotion in the kitchen and much choking, coughing, and groaning, and at breakfast the boy was unable to swallow food with his usual ravenousness.  After breakfast he came to me whimpering, and asking for something soothing for his throat, admitting that he had seen the 'gingerbread', and 'felt so starved' in the night that he got up to eat it.  I tried to make him feel that it was 'real mean' to eat so much and be so useless, and he said he would do anything to help me, but the men were 'so down on him'.  I never saw men so patient with a lad before.  He is a most vexing addition to our party, yet one cannot help laughing at him.

A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

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