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date: 21 January 2021

Food and Drink 

  1. Drinka Pinta Milka Day.
    Advertising slogan: National Dairy Council, 1958; coined by Bertrand Whitehead
  2. Go to work on an egg.
    Advertising slogan: British Egg Marketing Board, from 1957; perhaps written by Fay Weldon or Mary Gowing
  3. If all be true that I do think,
    There are five reasons we should drink;
    Good wine—a friend—or being dry—
    Or lest we should be by and by—
    Or any other reason why.
    Henry Aldrich 1647–1710 English scholar: ‘Reasons for Drinking’ (1689)
  4. Shake and shake
    The catsup bottle.
    None will come,
    And then a lot'll.
    Richard Armour 1906–89: ‘Going to Extremes’ (1949)
  5. Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
    Great chieftain o' the puddin'-race!
    Robert Burns 1759–96 Scottish poet: ‘To a Haggis’ (1787)
  6. I'm President of the United States, and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli!
    George Bush 1924–  American Republican statesman, 41st President 1989–93: in New York Times 23 March 1990
  7. Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did.
    of the strawberry
    William Butler 1535–1618 English physician: Izaak Walton The Compleat Angler (3rd ed., 1661) pt. 1, ch. 5
  8. Tea, although an Oriental,
    Is a gentleman at least;
    Cocoa is a cad and coward,
    Cocoa is a vulgar beast.
    G. K. Chesterton 1874–1936 English essayist, novelist, and poet: ‘Song of Right and Wrong’ (1914)
  9. Take away that pudding—it has no theme.
    Winston Churchill 1874–1965 British Conservative statesman, Prime Minister 1940–5, 1951–5: Lord Home The Way the Wind Blows (1976) ch. 16
  10. The cups,
    That cheer but not inebriate.
    William Cowper 1731–1800 English poet: The Task (1785) bk. 4 ‘The Winter Evening’ l. 37; see Berkeley
  11. Poverty and oysters always seem to go together.
    Sam Weller
    Charles Dickens 1812–70 English novelist: Pickwick Papers (1837) ch. 22
  12. Milk's leap toward immortality.
    of cheese
    Clifton Fadiman 1904–99 American critic: Any Number Can Play (1957)
  13. Roast Beef, Medium, is not only a food. It is a philosophy.
    Edna Ferber 1887–1968 American writer: foreword to Roast Beef, Medium (1911)
  14. Der Mensch ist, was er isst.
    Man is what he eats.
    Ludwig Feuerbach 1804–72 German philosopher: Jacob Moleschott Lehre der Nahrungsmittel: Für das Volk (1850) ‘Advertisement’; see Brillat-Savarin
  15. A cucumber should be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out, as good for nothing.
    Samuel Johnson 1709–84 English poet, critic, and lexicographer: James Boswell Tour to the Hebrides (1785) 5 October 1773
  16. What is the matter with Mary Jane?
    She's perfectly well and she hasn't a pain,
    And it's lovely rice pudding for dinner again!
    What is the matter with Mary Jane?
    A. A. Milne 1882–1956 English writer for children: When We Were Very Young (1924) ‘Rice Pudding’
  17. Parsley
    Is gharsley.
    Ogden Nash 1902–71 American humorist: ‘Further Reflections on Parsley’ (1942)
  18. 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 1947–  American humorous writer: The Bachelor Home Companion (1987)
  19. The ordinary human being would sooner starve than live on brown bread and raw carrots. And the peculiar evil is this, that the less money you have, the less inclined you feel to spend it on wholesome food. A millionaire may enjoy breakfasting off orange juice and ryvita biscuits; [but]…When you are underfed, harassed, bored and miserable, you don't want to eat dull wholesome food. You want something a little bit ‘tasty.’
    George Orwell 1903–50 English novelist: The Road to Wigan Pier (1937) ch. 6
  20. Coffee, (which makes the politician wise,
    And see thro' all things with his half-shut eyes).
    Alexander Pope 1688–1744 English poet: The Rape of the Lock (1714) canto 3, l. 117
  21. It is said that the effect of eating too much lettuce is ‘soporific’.
    Beatrix Potter 1866–1943 English writer for children: The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (1909)
  22. Look here, Steward, if this is coffee, I want tea; but if this is tea, then I wish for coffee.
    Punch 1841–1992 English humorous weekly periodical: 23 July 1902
  23. Methinks sometimes I have no more wit than a Christian or an ordinary man has; but I am a great eater of beef, and I believe that does harm to my wit.
    William Shakespeare 1564–1616 English dramatist: Twelfth Night (1601) act 1, sc. 3, l. [92] (Oxford Standard Authors ed.)
  24. There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
    George Bernard Shaw 1856–1950 Irish dramatist: Man and Superman (1903) act 1
  25. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.
    The Silence of the Lambs 1991 film: spoken by Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter; written by Thomas Harris (1940–)  and Ted Tally (1952–)
  26. Let onion atoms lurk within the bowl,
    And, scarce-suspected, animate the whole.
    Sydney Smith 1771–1845 English clergyman and essayist: Lady Holland Memoir (1855) vol. 1, ch. 11 ‘Receipt for a Salad’
  27. Many's the long night I've dreamed of cheese—toasted, mostly.
    Robert Louis Stevenson 1850–94 Scottish novelist: Treasure Island (1883) ch. 15
  28. Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.
    Mark Twain 1835–1910 American writer: Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894) ch. 5
  29. mother: It's broccoli, dear.
    child: I say it's spinach, and I say the hell with it.
    E. B. White 1899–1985 American humorist: cartoon caption in New Yorker 8 December 1928