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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Sour Milk


Jean Jacques Rousseau




"Milk derived from vegetable foods may perhaps be more liable to go sour, but I am far from considering sour milk an unwholesome food; whole nations have no other food and are none the worse...People are afraid of the milk separating or curdling; that is absurd, for we know that milk always curdles in the stomach. This is how it becomes sufficiently solid to nourish children and young animals; if it did not curdle it would merely pass away without feeding them." - Emile, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1762

You know, if I went back in time 300 years, that'd take some getting used to. We've so picky now.