Source: Tuscan contadino proverbs relating to food   Leave a comment

Here follow some Tuscan contadino proverbs from a nineteenth-century collection. All relate to food.

1.      Buon vino fa buon sangue: good wine gives good blood

2.      Chi ha un buon orto ha un buon porco: who has a good kitchen garden has a good pig

3.      Cucina senza sale, credenza senza pane, cantina senza vino, si fa un mal mattino: kitchen without salt, table without bread, cellar without wine: the day begins badly…

4.      I troppi cuochi guastano la cucina: too many cooks ruin the kitchen

5.      Il mangiare insegna il bere: the food decides the drink

6.      Il pane degli altri è salato: the bread of others is always salted

7.      Il riso nasce nell’acqua, e ha da morire nel vino: rice is born in water and must die in wine

8.      Il vino al sapore, il pane al colore: wine by flavour, bread by colour

9.      Il vino è la poppa de’ vecchi: wine is the breast of the old

10.  La pentola è la pace di casa: In the pan is the peace of a house

11.  Pane finché dura, ma il vino a misura: eat bread while there is any, but drink wine in rations

12.  Più lungo d’un dì senza pane: longer than a day without bread

13.  Più pro fa il pane asciutto a casa sua, che l’arrosto a casa d’altri: better eat dry bread at home than roast meat in the house of others

14.  Quel che non ammazza, ingrassa: what doesn’t kill you will make you fat.

15.  Si deve mangiar per vivere, non vivere per mangiare: you should eat to live, not live to eat

16.  Vin battezato non vale un fiato: baptised wine isn’t worth a breath of air

17.  Vin che salti, pan che canti, formaggio che pianga: May the wine jump, the bread sing and the cheese weep…

18.  Zucchero non guastò mai vivanda: sugar never ruins any food.

19.  A peasant only eats a chicken when he or the chicken are ill.

SY

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Posted November 20, 2010 by zachmon in Uncategorized

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