Favorite Food Quotes

Food…can look beautiful, taste exquisite, smell wonderful, make people feel good, bring them together, inspire romantic feelings….At its most basic, it is fuel for a hungry machine. ~ Rosamond Richardson
One of the delights of life is eating with friends, second to that is talking about eating. And, for an unsurpassed double whammy, there is talking about eating while you are eating with friends. ~ Laurie Colwin
Cooking is the great divide between good eating and bad. ~ Barbara Kingsolver
In 400 BC Hippocrates wrote “Dieting that causes excessive loss of weight is beset with difficulties”.

To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art. ~ LaRoche Fourauld

For starters, learn how to cook. ~ (advice from Charles Simic on how to be happy)

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. ~ G. K. Chesterton

It is impossible to have a failure with chutney; there’s nothing to set and no ingredients barred. ~Robert Morley

To know how to order and enjoy good food is part of a civilized eduacation. ~Lady Blanche

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well unless one has dined well. ~Virginia Woolf ‘A Room of One’s Own’

No man is lonely while eating spaghetti – it requires so much attention. ~Christopher Morley

I never see any home cooking. All I get is fancy stuff. ~ Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh

Cottage cheese solves nothing. Chocolate can do it all. ~ Rhoda

Put “eat chocolate” on your list of things to do today – you’ll get at least one thing done.

A little chocolate enhance just about everything – except maybe french fries.

If you’ve got melted chocolate on your hands, you’re eating it too slowly.

Life is a glorious banquet, a limitless and delicious buffet. ~ Maya Angelou

Almost every person has something secret he likes to eat. ~ M.F.K. Fisher

Raspberries are best not washed. After all, one must have faith in something. ~ Anne Batchelder

Nobody can be insulted by raspberries and cream. ~Barbara Kafka

Bread, milk and butter are of venerable antiquity. The taste of the morning of the world. ~ Leigh Hunt

There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne. ~ Bette Davis, in Old Acquaintances

Many’s the long night I’ve dreamed of cheese – toasted, mostly. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Chicken salad has a certain glamour about it. Llike the little black dress, it is chic and adaptable anywhere. ~ Laurie Colwin

The best maxim I know in life, is to drink your coffee when you can, and when you cannot, to be easy without it. ~ Jonathan Swift

The smell of buttered toast simply talked to Toad, and with no uncertain voice; talked of warm kitchens, of breakfasts on bright frosty mornings, of cosy parlour firesides on winter evenings, when one’s ramble was over and slippered feet were propped on the fender; of the purring of contented cats, and the twitter of sleepy canaries. ~ Kenneth Grahame

Oh, the pleasure of eating my dinner alone! ~ Charles Lamb

The more the merrier; the fewer, the better fare. ~ John Palsgrave

Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few ever survive. ~ William Wallace Irwin

He was a very valiant man who first ventured on eating oysters. ~ Thomas Fuller

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. ~ Harriet Van Horne

What I love about cooking is that after a hard day, there is something comforting about the fact that is you melt butter and add flour, it will get thick! It’s a sure thing! It’s a sure thing in a world where nothing is sure; it has a mathematical certainty in a world where those of us who long for some kind of certainty are forced to settle for crossword puzzles. ~ Nora Ephron

In cooking, as in all the arts, simplicity is the sign of perfection. ~ Curnonsky

Cuisine is when things taste like themselves. ~ Curnonsky

Nature will castigate those who don’t masticate. ~ Horace Fletcher

…bread and milk and blackberries for supper. ~ Beatrix Potter

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. ~ Virginia Woolf

The true essentials of a feast are only fun and feed. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

There is no such thing as a little garlic. ~ Arthur Baer

A nickle will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat. ~ Old New York Yiddish saying

There are many miracles in the world to be celebrated and, for me, garlic is the most deserving. ~ Leo Buscaglia

I hate people who are not serious about their meals. ~ Oscar Wilde

Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat. ~ Alex Levine

A good meal ought to begin with hunger. ~ French proverb

The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again. ~ George Miller

Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Wine is sunlight, held together by water. ~ Galileo

You better come in my kitchen, ‘Cause it’s going to be raining outdoors. ~ Robert Johnson

Life is too short to stuff a mushroom. ~ Shirley Conran

First flowers on the table; then food. ~ Danish saying

It’s so beautifully arranged on the plate – you know someone’s fingers have been all over it. ~ Julia Child

Never eat more than you can lift. ~ Miss Piggy

All’s well than ends with a good meal. ~ Arnold Lobel

Don’t go into a restaurant for something you can do better at home. ~ Nicholas Freeling

Of soup and love, the first is best. ~ Spanish proverb

Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. ~ Henry Fielding

No vegetable exists which is not better slightly undercooked. ~ James Beard

Everything you see I owe to spaghetti. ~ Sophia Loren

“An imaginary shelf labeled indulgences is a good idea. It contains the best butter, jumbo-size eggs, heavy cream, marbled steaks, sausages and pates, hollandaise and butter sauces, French butter-cream fillings, gooey chocolate cakes, and all those lovely items that demand disciplined rationing. Thus, with these items high up and almost out of our reach, we are ever conscious that they are not everyday foods. They are for special occasions, and when that occasion comes up we can enjoy every mouthful.” > ~ Julia Child, The Way to Cook, 1989 

And a favorite parody of Julia Child from (I think) Prairie Home Compnaion: > “Are you worried about using too much butter in your mashed potatoes? Never fear – just use heavy cream instead!”

 What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn’t much better than tedious disease. (From George Dennison Prentice)

All things in moderation, including moderation.

 Or … again to quote Julia “All things in moderation, even excess.”

 The main purpose of life is not the avoidance of a heart attack. ~ Joe Eck’s Living Seasonally

Life is short. Eat more pancakes and fewer rice cakes. ~ Unknown

I have the simplest of tastes. I am always satisfied with the best. ~ Oscar Wilde
The serving of good food is one certain way of pleasing everybody. ~ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Happiness is like jam. You can’t spread even a little without getting some on yourself. ~ Anonymous
There are many miracles in the world to be celebrated and, for me, garlic is the most deserving. ~ Leo BuscagliaThe mere smell of cooking can evoke a whole civilization. ~ Fernand Brandel


What was paradise, but a garden full of vegetables and herbs and pleasure? Nothing there but delights. ~ William Lawson

My weaknesses have always been food and men – in that order. ~ Dolly Parton

Eating should be a pleasure, not an intellectual exercise. ~ Joan Gussow

 After a full belly all is poetry. ~ Frank McCourt

The preparation of good food is merely another expression of art, one of the joys of civilized living ~ Dione Lucas

 Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good. ~ Alice May Brock

Nothing great is produced suddenly, since not even the grape or the fig is. If you say to me now that you want a fig, i will answer to you that is requires time: let it flower first, then put for the fruit, and then ripen. ~ Epictetus

Except the vine, there is no plant which bears a fruit of as great importance as the olive. ~ Pliny the Elder

There are very nice ways to cook string beans, but they interfere with the poor vegetable’s leading a life of its own. ~ Alice B Toklas

I think this is what hooks one on gardening: it is the closest on we can come to being present at the creation. ~ Phyllis Theroux

Noodles are not only amusing, but delicious. ~ Julia Child

To lift off the cover of a tomato-y mixture and let it bubble up mushroom and basil under my nose does a lot to counteract the many subtle efforts a part of me makes to punish myself for all those worst of my shortcomings. ~ Mary Virginia Micka


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