English Home Life by Robert Laird CollierEnglish Home Life by Robert Laird Collier

English Home Life

byRobert Laird Collier

Paperback | February 9, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1886 Excerpt: ... FOOD AND COOKING. The French people rejoice and are made glad when discussing the delights, and when enjoying the comforts, of the table. They are the only people who never suspect that it is a sin so to do. "The earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof," and they take it for granted that the Lord means that all the good things of the earth are for the delectation of his children. They know of no good reason whatever why, upon the subject of eating and drinking, they should be hypocrites. They like good eating and drinking, and they say so, and they, moreover, look upon it as a credential of refinement of mind and of good taste. France is the only country in which there are not to be found certain classes who affect to despise the comforts and enjoyments of the table. Sometimes this affectation is from the standpoint of religion, and sometimes from the standpoint of greater concerns of thought and interest than these would seem to imply. In this country it is thought to be self-pampering and self-indulgent to care considerably for what one eats and drinks. There are certainly among us individuals in all ranks of society who strive to make the impression that they care very little about what enters their stomachs. In Germany, university professors, men of science, and literary men, and the circles in which they move, for the most part are coarse eaters, and frankly say that they despise the French daintiness and the care with which they regard their food. In France alone the preparing and serving of food is universally deemed a fine art, and no individual is either so pious or otherwise so absorbed as not to be concerned about his diet. And if the truth must be known, all affectations and pretence aside, the dinner, the world over, is the symbol of a peop...
Title:English Home LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:18 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217206921

ISBN - 13:9780217206921