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The stuff that comes out of my vagina: pineapple chunks, slice of banana, couple of sponge fingers – I’m a walking trifle. Jenny Eclair, on stage
Acceptable food rots while we are chased from bins behind restaurants, chased from sleeping on the street, chased from relieving ourselves unless we pay for food or gas, until finally we are so hungry, sleepless, smelly, constipated and beaten-down that we simply die of lack of will to live. Jane Siberry
Where you from? England at one point in history you used to own the whole world. What happened? And I don’t think you were an evil imperialistic nation, I think you were simply a country that was in search of a better tasting cuisine. I er I think one day your troops wondered over to India, took a lunch break, and were like wow! This curry is just dandy. Let’s take this recipe back to the Queen. And then your generals stepped in and said, no, this is too good, we should surround this nation with our troops and protect this Chicken Tikka Masala recipe. Judah Friedlander: America is the Greatest Country in the United States, Netflix 2017
One should eat to live, and not live to eat. Moliere aka Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, L’Avare, 1669
It’s good food and not fine words that keeps me alive. Moliere aka Jean-Baptiste Poquelin
Life is just a bowl of cherries. Lew Brown, American songwriter
I definitely cannot eat oysters, not for the usual reason of a similarity to snot … George Carlin, Napalm and Silly Putty audio
Life is too short to stuff a mushroom. Shirley Conran, Superwoman, 1975
You can’t build a peaceful world on empty stomachs and human misery. Norman Borlaug
Guest: Could you make me a Waldorf salad? Waldorf salad.
Basil: I think we’re just out of waldorfs. Fawlty Towers: Waldorf Salad s2e3, BBC 1979
Is your husband all right? ibid. guests
This will explain. A letter. A letter from the Chef. ibid.
Recent studies suggest that [Homo] erectus were infected with tapeworms which you get from eating raw meat. It seems erectus liked his food red and bloody, even though he could have cooked it. Planet of the Apemen: Battle for Earth I, BBC 2011
Nearly 40% of the Earth’s land surface is devoted to producing food for us. Supersized Earth III: Food, Fire and Water, BBC 2012
Man is what he eats. Ludwig Feuerbach, 1804-72, German philosopher
Feed him with apricots, and dewberries and purple grapes, green figs, and mulberries … William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, bird to ass, BBC 2016
What is a man
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Hamlet soliloquy, IV iv 33-35
In the end they will lay their freedom at our feet and say to us, Make us your slaves, but feed us. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Grand Inquisitor
The colon isn’t just a static tube. It contracts like an earthworm to force the food residue along. Painter believes that on a low-fibre diet this residue may be stiff like tar. Horizon: A Spoonful of Roughage, BBC 1975
Dr Walker has found that in rural Africans on traditional diets food passes much more quickly through the bowel than in urban whites. ibid.
As a nation we are slowly but surely getting fatter. We’re all eating well, maybe too well. Gabriel Weston, Horizon: The Truth About Fat, BBC 2012
What is it about this epidemic that operates so randomly? ibid.
It’s the fatty calorie-rich foods we love the most. ibid.
Nearly a quarter of the adult population is clinically obese. ibid.
They discovered two new hormones – Ghrelin and PYY – that together seem to control appetite and weight. ibid.
I’m pretty shocked to discover that my assumption of a lifetime which is that I’m the size I am because of my character is nonsense. ibid.
What was making these twins so different in weight? ibid.
Professor Spector: Stress can create parallel but different strategies. ibid.
The biggest single factor causing a child to be fat was the nine months it spent in its mother’s womb. ibid.
A new set of answers is emerging which could help us to defeat what to me is one of the defining epidemics of our age. ibid.
We all have our favourite food. It’s a feast for the eyes, a temptation for the nose, and pure pleasure for the mouth. But it might be that what we eat has done much more to make us what we are than anyone could possibly imagine. What is on our plate is the most direct link we have to our ancestors. Horizon: Did Cooking Make Us Human? BBC 2009
Could eating meat really have caused us to evolve? ibid
Are super-foods really super? Is organic food healthier? Horizon: Professor Regan’s Supermarket Secrets, BBC 2015
Super-foods are now being touted as so powerful that they can help prevent cancer. Or even cure it. Some of the claims are bold ... As part of a balanced diet foods known as super-foods should be highly nutritious. So they will go into Professor Regan’s trolley. But the idea that any one particular foods provides a miraculous super-health is not backed up by science yet. So the label super-food must be discarded. ibid.
Cholesterol-Lowering Products ... But now there’s competition. Medically proven drugs called Statins have been developed; they also lower cholesterol ... There is enough scientific evidence to include cholesterol-lowering products. ibid.
The Probiotic yogurts and drinks that are colonising our supermarket shelves ... The Probiotic drinks refer to the microscopic life that is growing inside of us – bacteria ... Do healthy people like Prof Regan need Probiotics? ... ‘I don’t think I’d put Probiotics in my supermarket trolley.’ ibid.