How to Make Snail Bread, 1685

engraving of tenacious snail struck through with arrow Joachim Camerarius, Symbolorum et Emblematum 4(1604)

A sort of Bread, of which a Mouthful can maintain a Man eight daies, without eating any thing else. Take a quantity of Snails, and make them void their sliminess; then dry and reduce them to fine Powder, of which make a Loaf, with a Mouthful of which a Man may be eight days without eating.

Nicolas Lémery, Modern Curiosities of Art & Nature

One bite of this special bread and the idea of eating anything at all will nauseate you for eight days! The only problem: to learn how to make snails void their sliminess, you’ll have to consult a different manual.