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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

How To Carve An Elephant

From a blog post (at the excellent Weird Universe) describing an article in a 1905 issue of Strand Magazine, which in turn was describing a 16th century cookbook (De Arte Coquinaria (On the Subject of Cooking):

I highly recommend reading the entire Strand article, which includes:

Then, again, we are given minute instructions for the carving of beasts whose flesh was esteemed by the ancients. "In partes of Asia and Africa," we are told, "the oliphant is eaten, not as the Romans and Egyptians were wont to do, sparingly and only as pertain'd to his feete, trunk, and tayle all of which were great delicacies, but his entire carcase is carved and consumed." For the benefit of those who might happen to possess an elephant and be tempted to eat him a chart of carving instructions accompanies the text.

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