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Happy Birthday Shakespeare!


Today is one of my favorite great literary author's birthday: William Shakespeare actually was born and died on the same day, April 23. I've read almost all of his works but it wasn't until today that I surprisingly realized how often his lines reference food! The most famous of course, is when the witches in Macbeth make a bubbling soup but there are tons of quotes about apples, barley, cheese, duck, eggs, leeks, veal, mushrooms, and much more. In most cases, the characters that express themselves in terms of appetite are of lower class such as Falstaff in Henry IV. Wine has an even bigger role in his plays with mentions of it in 26 out of 37 works. My current favorite Shakespeare quote (from Twelfth Night) mentions food but uses it more metaphorically: If music be the food of love, play on.

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