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Confucius (551-479BC)

The Latinised form of Kong Zi (meaning "Kong the master"; a Chinese philosopher who devoted his life to relieving the suffering of the poor. his grave, outside Qufu, is still a centre of pilgrimage.

He had a few words to say about food.

1. He declared that it shouldn"t be eaten without taste, or when improperly-blended.

2. Rice should be polished white (an injunction fortunately not widely followed - those who did observe it, and whose diet was almost exclusively rice, often diet of beriberi).

3. Meat should be finely minced and properly marinated (soaked in brine or sauce). See 'Beriberi'

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