Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius
adamantius1 at verizon.net
Fri Dec 11 04:36:51 PST 2009
On Dec 11, 2009, at 12:21 AM, H Westerlund-Davis wrote:
> This brings up a previous conversation my husband and I have had regarding foods like this... what would possess a person to not only try eating a lamprey, hagfish, tomatos et al. and then create dishes with these ingredients?
I'm not sure anyone ever ate hagfish with any regularity. As for lampreys, chop off its head and for culinary (and even anatomical) purposes it's an eel.
As for the others, hunger will drive people to eat tree bark, acorns (which taste bad unless properly processed), and bread made with sawdust. And tomatoes are in fact aesthetically beautiful; why would anyone avoid them unless there was some bozo spreading the word that they were poisonous?
In other words, what would possess a person NOT to try them?
"Most men worry about their own bellies, and other people's souls, when we all ought to worry about our own souls, and other people's bellies."
-- Rabbi Israel Salanter
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