Sur­vival rat-ions

BBC History Magazine - - Letters -

With ref­er­ence to the ar­ti­cle What Was the Best Meal in His­tory? (March), may I point out that Parisian ‘gas­tronomes’ ate rats not be­cause they were a del­i­cacy but be­cause France had just been ig­no­min­iously de­feated in the Fran­coPrus­sian War, and Paris was un­der siege. The in­hab­i­tants were re­duced not only to eat­ing rats but also to de­vour­ing ev­ery an­i­mal in the Paris zoo.

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