"I remember the dinner well"
Rationing almost over - poster heralding the return of the Mars bar (1945)!
Creative Commons AttributionRationing almost over - poster heralding the return of the Mars bar (1945)! - Credit: Smabs Sputzer, Flickr

In his prologue to Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh notes that he wrote the novel while suffering the privations of wartime ('the period of soya beans and Basic English'), and that as a result he may have gone somewhat overboard in his descriptions of exotic food and luxurious eating experiences.

However, as this passage shows, he did have a particular talent for depicting such scenes, and many readers would have been sorry had he held back on his gourmet descriptions.