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What is food to one, is to others bitter poison.
--Lucretius (96 BC - 55 BC), De Rerum Natura

I hate television. I hate it as much as I hate peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts.
--Orson Welles (1915 - 1985)

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
--Ray Kroc, Founder, McDonald's

Miserable mortals who, like leaves, at one moment flame with life, eating the produce of the land, and at another moment weakly perish.
--Homer (800 BC - 700 BC), The Iliad

Food is an important part of a balanced diet.
--Fran Lebowitz (1950 - )

Health food makes me sick.
--Calvin Trillin (1935 - )

Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water.
--W. C. Fields (1880 - 1946)

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.
--Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Food is the most primitive form of comfort.
--Sheila Graham

Jewish Eating in the Bible
The ancient Hebrews would not eat with the Egyptians (Genesis 43:32). In the time of Jesus they would not eat with Samaritans (John 4:9), and were astonished that Jesus ate with sinners (Matthew 9:11).

The Hebrews originally sat at table, but afterwards adopted the Persian and Chaldean practice of reclining (Luke 7:36-50). Their principal meal was at noon (Genesis 43:16; 1 Kings 20:16; Ruth 2:14; Luke 14:12).

The word “eat” is used metaphorically in Jeremiah 15:16; Ezekiel 3:1; Rev. 10:9. In John 6:53-58, “eating and drinking” means believing in Christ.

In Ecclesiastes 8:15, Solomon used this phrase in advising his readers to seek out and enjoy the good things in life as they carry out their daily responsibilities. Jesus also used the phrase in his Parable of the rich farmer. The self-sufficient farmer built large barns and said, “I'll sit back and say to myself, My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!'
"But God said to him, 'You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get it all?' (Luke 12:19-20).

Originally God granted the use of the vegetable world for food to humanity (Genesis 1:29), with the exception mentioned (Genesis 2:17). The use of animal food was probably not unknown before the flood. There is, however, a distinct law on the subject given to Noah after the Deluge (Genesis 9:2-5). Various articles of food used in the patriarchal age are mentioned in Genesis 18:6-8; Genesis 25:34; Genesis 27:3-4; Genesis 43:11. Regarding the food of the Israelites in Egypt, see Exodus 16:3; Numbers 11:5. In the wilderness their ordinary food was miraculously supplied in the manna. They had also quails (Exodus 16:11-13; Numbers 11:31).

In the law of Moses there are special regulations as to the animals to be used for food (Leviticus 11; Deut. 14:3-21). The Jews were also forbidden to use as food anything that had been consecrated to idols (Exodus 34:15), or animals that had died of disease or had been torn by wild beasts (Exodus 22:31; Leviticus 22:8). (See also for other restrictions Exodus 23:19; Exodus 29:13-22; Leviticus 3:4-9; Leviticus 9:18-19; Leviticus 22:8; Deut. 14:21.) But beyond these restrictions they had a large grant from God (Deut. 14:26; Deut. 32:13-14).

Food was prepared for use in various ways. The cereals were sometimes eaten without any preparation (Leviticus 23:14; Deut. 23:25; 2 Kings 4:42). Vegetables were cooked by boiling (Genesis 25:30, 34; 2 Kings 4:38-39), and thus also other articles of food were prepared for use (Genesis 27:4; Proverbs 23:3; Ezekiel 24:10; Luke 24:42; John 21:9). Food was also prepared by roasting (Exodus 12:8; Leviticus 2:14).


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