While flipping the pages of a very old copy of The Boston Cooking School Cook Book which my mother gave me not only did I stumble upon her handwritten recipe for Portuguese Sweet Bread but I also came across the below which was written by RUSKIN. Perhaps John Ruskin?
Simplistically and beautifully, the words of Ruskin sum up the heart of Fine Food Panetrie.
“Cookery means the knowledge of Medea and of Circe and of Helen and of the Queen of Sheba. It means the knowledge of all herbs and fruits and balms and spices, and all that is healing and sweet in the fields and groves and savory in meats. It means carefulness and inventiveness and willingness and readiness of appliances. It means the economy of your grandmothers and the science of the modern chemist; it means much testing and no wasting; it means English thoroughness and French art and Arabian hospitality; and, in fine, it means that you are to be perfectly and always, ladies – loaf givers.” RUSKIN.