The response recalls an aphorism sometimes attributed to the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein: “I don’t care what I eat so long as it is always the same.”
The librarians here at Diner’s Journal can’t prove that Wittgenstein ever actually said that. But one of the blog’s irregulars (this correspondent’s father, as it happens) did manage to dig up part of a letter the economist John Maynard Keynes wrote after meeting him in Cambridge in 1929:
My wife gave him some Swiss cheese and rye bread for lunch, which he greatly liked. Thereafter he more or less insisted on eating bread and cheese at all meals, largely ignoring the various dishes that my wife prepared. Wittgenstein declared that it did not much matter to him what he ate, so long as it always remained the same. When a dish that looked especially appetizing was brought to the table, I sometimes exclaimed “Hot Ziggety!” — a slang phrase that I learned as a boy in Kansas. Wittgenstein picked up this expression from me. It was inconceivably droll to hear him exclaim “Hot Ziggety!” when my wife put the bread and cheese before him.