What is the meaning of the phrase "from hunger", as in, "This xyz is from hunger"? From the context I found it in, it appears to mean either very good, or very bad, but it's hard to tell which.
The context in which I read this expression…
"I'm going into the city. On the way back I'll get you the biggest jar of Samoy I can find."
Mal rolled his eyes and shook his head. "Samoy pickles are from hunger."
—Michael Marshall Smith, Spares.
The phrase occurred later in a discussion of firearms but I can't find it just this minute (dead tree books — difficult to do a full text search).