Monday, February 08, 2016


The Anxious Pedant

Julian Barnes, Something to Declare: Essays on France (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002), pp. 51-52:
Simple? Listen: nothing is simple to the Anxious Pedant. The restaurateur Prue Leith once watched a wretched cookery-school pupil (male, of course) deconstruct the following first line of a recipe: "Separate the eggs." For a thoughtful while he pondered the two eggs placed in front of him, before carefully moving one a few inches to his left and the other a few inches to his right. Satisfied, he went on to the second line of instruction. I feel for this bonehead.

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