July 2nd, 2008

Hat

I'm it

I've been tagged to the recurrent "Page 123 game."

It's pretty simple really:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences here.
5. Put this list, and the answer, in your journal, tag five people and the madness continues.

I don't tag people, so if you feel like playing along, power to you; answer here, or in your journal (I'm more likely to see it here, the world in your journal).

Nearest book:
Food The History of Taste. University of Calif. Press 2007 Ed. Paul Freedman.

Page 123: Illus.

Page 124.

"The emperor's devotion to Buddhism evidently did not prevent his enjoyment of animal food, but on religious festival days and some other special occaisions he ate only vegetarian dishes. Buddhist influence, in combination with the exigencies of of sheer poverty had created a very strong vegetarian tradition in Chinese cuisine. At the imperial level, it is very likely that many of the dishes served to the emperor were vegetarian imitations of meat, and other non-vegetarian fare."