Dead meat

Dalrymple on Meals to Die For by the Texas death-row cook Brian D. Price: 'A few years ago...in the bookshop in the airport nearest my English home, I found a volume devoted to the last meals requested by men about to be executed in Texas....To my lasting regret I did not buy the book and have not found it since. It was both horrifying and fascinating....what really horrified me were not the crimes of the condemned men but their choices of a last meal...they all wanted to go out on a full stomach of junk food and industrially produced sweet drinks. Whether the Texas Department of Corrections would have stood for more sophisticated tastes I don’t know: Bélon oysters, for example, and a glass of fine Chablis....My horror at their choices was not quite as frivolous as might at first appear, for junk food is criminogenic.'

Dalrymple on death-row cook Brian D. Price’s Meals to Die For: ‘A few years ago…in the bookshop in the airport nearest my English home [Birmingham Airport], I found a volume devoted to the last meals requested by men about to be executed in Texas….To my lasting regret I did not buy the book and have not found it since. It was both horrifying and fascinating….what really horrified me were not the crimes of the condemned men but their choices of a last meal…they all wanted to go out on a full stomach of junk food and industrially produced sweet drinks. Whether the Texas Department of Corrections would have stood for more sophisticated tastes I don’t know: Bélon oysters, for example, and a glass of fine Chablis.’

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