I know a lot of you have come to rely on the sage advice I have been passing on from my trusty Perpetual Almanack of Folklore. Some of my followers can barely function in a social situation without first consulting this blog, so I’ve heard. Or was that a dream? I can’t remember. Anyway, here’s a bit more help for those in need – something to bear in mind at your next restaurant meal or dinner party. It’s from The Gentlewoman’s Companion, 1675:
Do not venture to eat meat so hot that the tears stand in your eyes, for thereby you betray your intolerable greediness; neither fill your mouth so full that your cheeks shall swell like a pair of Scotch bagpipes. Gnaw no bones with your teeth, nor suck them to come at the marrow.
Or you could follow my lead and become a vegetarian. Just saying.