All this sounds sadly like gluttony

Some Patrick Leigh Fermor found in Felipe Fernandez -Armesto’s Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food (originally from “Gluttony,” Sunday Times, December 31, 1961)

Cannibalism is a problem. In many cases the practice is rooted in ritual and superstition rather than gastronomy, but not always. A French Dominican in the seventeenth century observed that the Caribs had most decided notions of the relative merits of their enemies. As one would expect, the French were delicious, by far the best. This is no surprise, even allowing for nationalism. The English came next, I’m glad to say. The Dutch were dull and stodgy and the Spaniards so stringy, they were hardly a meal at all, even boiled. All this sounds sadly like gluttony.

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