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  • There was no yearning towards calf's head a la tortue, or sheep's heart; but I could still relish Head a la Brunnen, and the Heart of Mid-Lothian.

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  • Port wine jelly and calf's head broth taken to the sick.

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  • "If the above method is exactly followed, there will be found no necessity for taking the trouble and enduring the disgust and tediousness of cleaning and preparing a calf's head for mock turtle soup—a very unpleasant process, which too much resembles the horrors of a dissecting room. And when all is done a calf's head is a very insipid article."
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985),225

    May 4, 2010