Marginalia, no.51

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.

~ Francis Bacon, Of Studies

Still others are best put on ice for future enjoyment.  After all, certain foods are more happily digested by the middle aged than the young, or by the old than the middle aged.  Bacon himself ought to know something about the dangers of improper refrigeration since he died – on Easter Sunday 1626 – of an infection contracted while stuffing a dead chicken full of snow.

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