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Thursday, March 24, 2011

history tidbits!

During the German siege of Paris in 1870, residents had to eat whatever animals were at hand. Daily News correspondent Henry Labouchère recorded his opinions:

Horse: “eaten in the place of beef … a little sweeter … but in other respects much like it”
Cat: “something between rabbit and squirrel, with a flavor all its own”
Donkey: “delicious — in color like mutton, firm and savory”
Kittens: “either smothered in onions or in a ragout they are excellent”
Rat: “excellent — something between frog and rabbit”
Spaniel: “something like lamb, but I felt like a cannibal”

“This siege will destroy many illusions,” he wrote, “and amongst them the prejudice which has prevented many animals being used as food. I can most solemnly assert that I never wish to taste a better dinner than a joint of a donkey or a ragout of cat — experto crede.”

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