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To Know Good cheese

This is an excerpt from Le Menagier de Paris
(France, 1393 - Janet Hinson, trans.)
The original source can be found at David Friedman's website

TO KNOW Good Cheese. Good cheese has six conditions. Non Argus, nec Helena, nec Maria Magdalena, sec Lazarus et Martinus, respondens pontifici. Not white like Helen, Not weeping like Magdalene, Not Argus, but completely blind, And as heavy as an ox: It is firm against the thumb, And its coat is fine. Without eyes, without weeping, not white, Handsome, firm, well-weighted.


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