Literary Birthday – 24 April – Clement Freud

Clement Freud was born 24 April 1924, and died 15 April 2009.

Clement Freud Quotes

  1. If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and loving, you don’t actually live longer; it just seems longer.
  2. Everything is held together, I suppose, by communication – cooking is gastronomic communication; being a soldier, you communicate by shooting people; journalism is a literary communication.
  3. In moments of considerable strain, I tend to take to bread-and-butter pudding. There is something about the blandness of soggy bread, the crispness of the golden outer crust and the unadulterated pleasure of a lightly set custard that makes the world seem a better place to live.
  4. Breakfast is a notoriously difficult meal to serve with a flourish.
  5. There are people I hate, I cannot remember why, but I will never forgive them; I walk out of parties to which they come, seat myself at another table if I find them sitting near me on a table plan. We grumps are designed not to suffer people gladly.
  6. Speaking to people who’ve seen you, heard you or read you, is fun – a good means of communication.

Clement Freud was a British broadcaster, writer, politician, and chef. His books include GrimbleThe Gourmet’s Tour of Great Britain and Ireland, and Freud Ego.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 24th April 2015