Wednesday, November 01, 2006

A.J. Liebling Quote of the Day

“Larousse defines [a madeleine] as ‘a light cake made with sugar, flour, lemon juice, brandy, and eggs.’ (The quantity of brandy in a madeleine would not furnish a gnat with an alcohol rub.) In the light of what Proust wrote with so mild a stimulus, it is the world’s loss that he did not have a heartier appetite. On a dozen Gardiners Island oysters, a bowl of clam chowder, a peck of steamers, some bay scallops, three sautéed soft-shelled crabs, a few ears of fresh-picked corn, a thin swordfish steak of generous area, a pair of lobsters, and a Long Island duck, he might have written a masterpiece.”

--Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris

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