Monday, November 06, 2006

The Short, Yet Quite Fulfilling Life Of The Food Taster


THE SHORT, YET QUITE FULFILLING LIFE OF THE FOOD TASTER
by Matthew Sanborn Smith

The food taster tasted the food and not just a taste, but all the food. One never knew when a side of a roasted boar was untainted yet the other poisoned. From soup to pheasant hearts to chocolate-dipped giraffe's head, the food taster ate the most exquisite meal of his low-born life. Then, once the food taster was properly prepared in full view of the court, the king ate the food taster.

Not surprisingly, good food tasters were rare.

But seared on the outside to seal in the juices.

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