A decade before I began writing A Game of Thrones, I recall, I attended the British version of the famous Milford Writers' Workshop and submitted a short story for critique. One of the other writers there called it "food porn." But then again, he was British, from the land of boiled beef and mushy peas. I have always suspected that the British Empire was largely a result of Englishmen spreading across the world looking for something good to eat.
- GEORGE R. R. MARTIN, in Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer's A Feast of Ice and Fire (Canada, USA, Europe)