The staff of life

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Now, however, return home, and go about among the suitors; begin getting provisions ready for your voyage; see everything well stowed, the wine in jars, and the barley meal, which is the staff of life, in leathern bags, while I go round the town and beat up volunteers at once.
I made a study of the ancient and indispensable art of bread-making, consulting such authorities as offered, going back to the primitive days and first invention of the unleavened kind, when from the wildness of nuts and meats men first reached the mildness and refinement of this diet, and travelling gradually down in my studies through that accidental souring of the dough which, it is supposed, taught the leavening process, and through the various fermentations thereafter, till I came to "good, sweet, wholesome bread," the staff of life.
It doesn't take long for such views to be spread and considered fact in other public places where gossip, true or otherwise, is the staff of life.
The Zona family is forever grateful for the support, kindness and care provided to our mother by all the staff of Life Care Center of Auburn.
The Bible may tell us bread is the staff of life but, for those with food intolerances, the average baker's loaf is a recipe for serious illness.
Water, the staff of life for all living things, is the lifeblood of vegetable processing operations in many ways.
He talked of how the buffalo was once the staff of life to the Indian.
Kalo (taro), the staff of life for Polynesians, has proven to be remarkably versatile and adaptive to modern needs and tastes.
Carbonated beverages are the staff of life in the United States.