Breads (from Sir Francis Bacon’s “New Atlantis”)


New Atlantis, by Sir Francis Bacon

Breads we have of several grains, roots, and kernels; yea and some of flesh, and fish, dried; with diverse kinds of leavenings, and seasonings; so that some do extremely move appetites; some do nourish so, as diverse do live of them, without any other meat; who live very long. So for meats, we have some of them so beaten, and made tender, and mortified, yet without all corrupting, as a weak heat of the stomach will turn them into good chylus; as well as a strong heat would meat otherwise prepared. We have some meats also, and breads, and drinks, which taken by men, enable them to fast long after; and some other, that used make the very flesh of men’s bodies, sensibly, more hard and tough; and their strength far greater, than otherwise it would be.

Sir Francis Bacon: The New Atlantis, 1626