the worst thing that the Russians did in Europe
was to introduce (to the aristocrats of France,
mid-18th century) the Chinese tradition
of serving meals in courses,
where, before, élites in Europe followed
the Middle Eastern tradition of mezze,
all dishes served together, to be sampled as one chooses
– the most rational, sympathetic
and accommodating way to eat.
Thanks to Anthony Weir. A Voice in the Wilderness.
Wet tropics but we don’t seem to care.