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(BBC)   Archeologists claim frog's legs were eaten in Britain 8,000 years before France, marking the high point of British cuisine   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 18
    More: Interesting, Wiltshire, Britain, Heston Blumenthal, Amesbury, University of Buckingham, Mesolithic  
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2013-10-15 12:39:22 PM
Why is France consider a high-culture food place?

Frogs legs, horse meat, snails?

Sure their Patisserie stuff is good... but otherwise french eat some pretty disgusting stuff.
 
2013-10-15 12:42:42 PM
Italians have the best food. No contest.
 
2013-10-15 12:44:23 PM
The high point of British cuisine was the day they invaded India.
 
2013-10-15 12:46:21 PM
British cuisine? Is that like jumbo shrimp, alone together, military intelligence, and expert amateur?
 
2013-10-15 12:47:25 PM
FTFA: Frogs 'beat French to frogs legs' Wiltshire dig suggests

I think I'm having a brain fart - can anyone explain the article headline to me please.

I'm totally confused.
 
2013-10-15 12:48:18 PM
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Go ahead and take our precious cuisses de grenouilles! Your Queen was a hamster and your beer tastes of warm piss and gooseberries!
 
2013-10-15 12:50:26 PM
taste like lesbians
 
2013-10-15 12:58:48 PM

CleanAndPure: Why is France consider a high-culture food place?

Frogs legs, horse meat, snails?

Sure their Patisserie stuff is good... but otherwise french eat some pretty disgusting stuff.


Frogs legs and snails are both very tasty.  I can't comment on horse meat as I've never had it, but supposedly it's very good as well.

Just because it's something outside of your normal culinary envelope doesn't mean it can't be very good.

Though, to be fair, the French, just like any other culture, do have a few items in their cuisine that are, umm, acquired tastes:

upload.wikimedia.org

Why yes, those are intestines stuffed with more intestines, in meat jelly.  Why are they in meat jelly?  Because fark you, that's why.
 
2013-10-15 01:08:17 PM
I have a historical French cookbook (Seventeenth Century, IIRC) with an introduction on the history of French cuisine.

Over the centuries, frogs legs and similar delicacies have alternated in popularity among the very rich and the poor, with the poor eating such things during famines or inflationary bouts, while the rich eat them when they are out of fashion with the poor. The same is true of many customs, such as garlic, and greeting each other with air kisses. The same is also true of the relationship between the British and the French, with the British sometimes eating more frog legs and garlic than the French and vice versa.

Of course, you can't really attribute such tastes to any people or period of history. Humans were eating turtles, frogs, lizards, and the like long before historical times, and long before they had the technology to hunt large game or even small fast mammals.

Song birds have (and are) been eaten in enormous numbers because they are easy to catch with nets or lime or traps, especially when they are worn out from migration.

Between the flip-flop of cultural fashions and economic necessity, almost every nation has periodically eaten a lot of less than optimal foods. The custom of eating locusts or rats, for example, was imposed by plagues of the critters. It was the only thing left to eat when the plague had eaten everything else.

The two great driving forces of such odd dietary elements are 1) necessity and 2) snobbery.

The rich hate the luxuries of the poor and the poor sometimes get the short end of the stick, while sometimes they drive the rich to eat humble pie.

And that is why the rich will sometime eat all the bits of the animal that the poorest of the poor wouldn't touch unless they were starving.
 
2013-10-15 01:09:24 PM

Russ1642: Italians have the best food. No contest.


SPAIN.
No one expects the Spanish In Cuisine!
 
2013-10-15 01:12:23 PM
And the height of British cuisine?

Fish n chips
Bangers n mash
Sausage rolls (Even Tesco's are good!)

/YUUUUMMMM
 
2013-10-15 01:26:51 PM

Russ1642: Italians have the best food. No contest.


Asia. Western food is pretty boring.
 
2013-10-15 01:50:11 PM

puddleonfire: And the height of British cuisine?

Fish n chips
Bangers n mash
Sausage rolls (Even Tesco's are good!)

/YUUUUMMMM


Chicken tikka Masala (British origin not Indian)
Pork pies
Steak and potato pies
Bacon and chip butty.
Cornish pasties.
 
2013-10-15 01:56:25 PM
And kebabs...
 
2013-10-15 03:13:28 PM
I really like eel.
 
2013-10-15 03:14:04 PM
"My favorite food is curry, 'cuz it's open late at night."

/name that tune!
 
2013-10-15 05:56:36 PM
...marking the high point of British cuisine

So did they boil them to properly remove all of the taste?
 
2013-10-15 06:33:00 PM
According to Pat Robertson, the world is only 6,542 years old. So, this story is The Lie.

/pass the bong, please
 
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