Cruel cuisine

Bee Wilson lauds France's culinary achievements (The Back Half, 19 November). What surprised me from a year or so in Normandy is the utter, casual cruelty of French cuisine, of which the manufacture of foie gras is merely the start. Perhaps Wilson can dissociate herself from the terror and pain the animals endured. I cannot.

Tim Symonds
Lamberhurst, Kent

This article first appeared in the 26 November 2001 issue of the New Statesman, The New Statesman Special Report - The SAS story they want to suppress