For Jim A. in North Carolina, with thanks
"It was a very interesting book
and it was a lot like a Dickens novel,"
he wrote in his monthly newsletter
to family and friends, and then added,
"I have been burping and passing a lot of gas
ever since I had my abdominal surgery
over two years ago," followed by advice
on how to solve the issue with fennel tea.
Dickens would have loved such juxtapositions
as would Martin Luther, the one who,
in desperation, and late at night, once
threw a full ink pot at the devil on the wall.
Quote attributed to Martin Luther (1483–1546): "Warum furzet und rülpset ihr nicht? Hat es euch nicht geschmecket?" ("Why don't you fart nor burp? Wasn't the food to your liking?"). For more information, this article in De Zeit discusses some of the many quotes attributed to Martin Luther.
Painting of Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach the Elder
More information about "The I Love to Fart Cookbook."