of food, novelists and philosophers occasionally do just that.
by Honore de Balzac (1846).
The dinner set before the husband, wife, and child...would have revealed
the financial crisis that this family was going through, for the table
is the most reliable thermometer of the fortunes of Parisian households.
A soup made of vegetables and bean stock, a piece of veal with potatoes,
saturated in brownish water, instead of gravy, a dish of beans, and some
cherries of inferior quality..."
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