M K Fisher on who to invite to dinner:

"A good combination would be one married couple, for warm composure; one less firmly established, to add a note of investigation to the talk; and two strangers of either sex, upon whom the better-acquainted diners could sharpen their questioning wits….(two beautiful, one intelligent, three of correlated professions such as architecture, music and photography).”

- M K Fisher, The Art of Eating