Simon Says: Daily Food Quote, August 20, 2012

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by Simón de Swaan

A number of rare or newly experienced foods have been claimed to be aphrodisiacs. At one time this quality was even ascribed to the tomato. Reflect on that when you are next preparing the family salad.–Jane Grigson








Jane Grigson was an English food writer. Grigson’s growing interest in food and cooking led to the writing of her first book, Charcuterie and French Pork Cookery (1967), which was translated into French, unusual for an English food writer. Elizabeth David read the book and was impressed by it, and recommended Grigson as a food columnist for The Observer, for which she wrote a column from 1968 until her death in 1990.


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  • Elatia Harris
    August 20, 2012

    Simon, I wonder if anyone reads “Venus in the Kitchen, or Love’s Cookery Book” by Norman Douglas of “South Wind” fame. A compendium of foods considered to bring about great results!

    Cannot remember where I learned this, but I believe it’s the prize-taking love food I ever read about. Pompadour would have her staff cobble up a little supper for her king, which the two of them would enjoy in her boudoir — truffled ram’s testicles.

    • Jonell Galloway
      August 20, 2012

      That would be a change from the food writing to which we’re accustomed.