The Gourmand’s Guide to Gluttony: Literary meals

  Books. Books, books, books. Here at Oxford we spend far too long staring into the occasionally overwhelming abyss of black on white, especially those of us whose arts degrees rely upon it. But every so often they surprise you, breaking the uniformity for just long enough to deliver a sumptuous morsel of wisdom from […]

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The Gourmand’s Guide to Gluttony: Drunken banqueting

“Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.” So said old Magdalenite Oscar Wilde and so trundles the Gourmand through his life of luxurious overindulgence. Nowhere is this maxim more valuable, however, than regarding the use of that ever-evolving, multi-flavoured libation – we speak, of course, of alcohol – in the primary pleasure of […]

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The Gourmand’s Guide to Gluttony: All-you-can-eat buffet tactics

Many a time has The Gourmand entered an all you can eat establishment to be greeted by the ubiquitous roar of: “Look on my buffet, ye Mighty, and despair!” The place is – despite such grave admonitions – inevitably left, in Shelley’s words, a ‘colossal wreck’, as the lone and level plates stretch far away. […]

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