Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Macaroni

The tubes of pasta known as macaroni were probably introduced into English cuisine by a group of young, rich, well-travelled dandies who slavishly aped continental style and custom -- in Horace Walpole’s words “travelled young men who wear long curls and spying-glasses”. They formed the Macaroni Club, which dined in ostentatious style at Almack’s club. In 1770 the Oxford Magazine described these insolent fops thus: "There is indeed a kind of animal, neither male nor female, a thing of the neuter gender, lately started up amongst us. It is called a Macaroni. It talks without meaning, it smiles without pleasantry, it eats without appetite, it rides without exercise, it wenches without passion."
Schott’s Food & Drink Miscellany by Ben Schott
But does it like cheese?


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