January 27, 2012 1:24 PM Subscribe
Where did I read/hear about this in the last few months: Charles de Gaulle's last meal, which included a tiny bird eaten whole.
posted by HeroZero to media & arts (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Details I can remember are as follows:
- Charles de Gaulle had a sumptuous, multicourse feast for his last meal, of which the tiny bird is only one part.
- The tiny bird (barely bigger than a hummingbird) is captured, kept in a cage, and its eyes poked out with pins.
- It is fed a diet of delicious, sweet things: figs and such.
- It is cooked whole, and eaten in one mouthful.
- First you taste the sweetness of the bird's preparation. Then a bitter taste comes out, representing all the pain the bird was put through. Then the bones of the bird cut the insides of your cheeks, representing...redemption? Not sure.
- The "three part tasting" was in some way related to the Holy Trinity.
- This was supposedly a traditional delicacy.
- The process of eating this one mouthful of bird took approximately an hour.
I may have heard this in an NPR story. I may have read it in a book or article. Google is failing me. Please help me remember where I found it -- not because I want to torture and eat tiny birds, but because my girlfriend is doing an art project regarding people's last meals.