When it comes to food, barbarians are a lot more picky than you might expect. In fact, food might be the one thing barbarians care the most about.
It has to be hot.
It has to have meat in it.
Fish is not a meat; it’s a vegetable.
When in doubt, add extra virgin olive oil, garlic, onions and tomatoes.
Peanut butter is a poison.
Meat is not to be consumed unless it’s dead.
Meat is not dead unless there is no pink in it.
Only one eating utensil is required: your hand. (Optionally, you can use either a spoon or a fork. A knife is out of the question; that’s what teeth are for.)
The four food groups are: beef, potatoes, gravy, and pie.
Barbarians have more than four food groups. Also included are: pasta, brownies, chicken and garlic.
The more a “food” is processed, the more it becomes like garbage. Fresh ingredients are always superior.
“Chewy” is a complement.
Pasta is always al dente.
Mayonnaise is gross.
Eggs are great. Favorite ways to prepare them include: brownies, chocolate eclairs, chocolate cream pies, pound cake, and other egg-rich pastries.
If that store-bought white bread really were made out of sawdust, it would probably be better. Don’t eat it.
Rice is neither vegetable nor starch; it is a non-food.
Cranberry sauce is a vegetable.
Ketchup is a vegetable.
Balsamic vinegar is good.
Alcoholic drinks are horrible.
You cannot have too much garlic.
Orange juice trumps soda, every time.
After dining, you don’t have to wipe your hands off on your clothing. You can always use someone elses.
Quiche is not even worth addressing. Even you know better than that.
Feta cheese is good.
So is mozzerella, extra-sharp cheddar, sharp cheddar, monterary jack, colby, colby jack, ricotta, and pepper-jack.
Cottage cheese is not good.
American cheese is not a cheese.
Potatoes taste good when cooked in duck fat.
Arugula is a weed.
Fresh spinach is good.
Store bought broccoli has almost no comparison to the vastly superior homegrown broccoli.
Cake mixes are kind of vile, and not really worth making.
Good applesauce is neither watery nor sweet.
If it has tentacles or looks like a bug or grub, it’s not food.
Excessive saltiness is gross.
Beans are a risky business; They can be edible, but they count as neither a starch nor a protein, so they are never anything more than accessories.
A soup is a simply a drink. If you’re trying to make a meal, it must be either a stew or a chowder.
Homemade is better.
They have many other such statutes and proverbs; but this is enough to get you started, should you ever have a horde of barbarians to feed.