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“The secret of good cooking is, first, having a love of it… If you’re
convinced that cooking is drudgery, you’re never going to be good
at it, and you might as well warm up something frozen.”

~ James Beard

“Cookery means…English thoroughness, French art, and Arabian
hospitality; it means the knowledge of all fruits and herbs and balms
and spices; it means carefulness, inventiveness, and watchfulness.”

~ John Ruskin

"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 

"Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches,
or June and moon, or good people and noble ventures."

~ M. F. K. Fisher

"Don't let love interfere with your appetite.
It never does with mine."

~ Anthony Trollope

 “It was in France that I first learned about food. And that even the
selection of a perfect pear, a ripe piece of Brie, the freshest butter,
the highest quality cream were as important as how the dish you
were going to be served was actually cooked.”

~ Robert Carrier

 “Watch a French housewife as she makes her way slowly along the
loaded stalls… searching for the peak of ripeness and flavor…
What you are seeing is a true artist at work, patiently assembling
all the materials of her craft, just as the painter squeezes oil colors
onto his palette ready to create a masterpiece.”

~ Keith Floyd

“The onion is the truffle of the poor.”
~ Robert J. Courtine

“In cooking, as in the arts, simplicity is a sign of perfection.”
~ Curnonsky

“No man is lonely while eating spaghetti:
it requires so much attention.”

~ Christopher Morley

 “What you eat and drink is 50 percent of life.”
~ Gérard Depardieu

Bread is the warmest, kindest of words. Write it always with
a capital letter, like your own name.”

~ Russian café sign

“He lay back for a little in his bed thinking about the smells of food…
of the intoxicating breath of bakeries and dullness of buns… He planned
dinners, of enchanting aromatic foods… endless dinners, in which one
could alternate flavor with flavor from sunset to dawn without satiety,
while one breathed great draughts of the bouquet of brandy.”

~ Evelyn Waugh

"Gleaming skin; a plump elongated shape: the eggplant is a
vegetable you'd want to caress with your eyes and fingers,
even if you didn't know its luscious flavor."

~ Roger Vergé

 “If God had not made brown honey, men would think
figs much sweeter than they do.”

~ Xenophanes

 “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

 “If man be sensible and one fine morning, while he is lying in bed,
counts at the tips of his fingers how many things in this life truly will
give him enjoyment, invariably he will find food is the first one.”

~ Lin Yutang

 “Happy and successful cooking doesn’t rely only on know-how;
it comes from the heart, makes great demands on the palate, and
needs enthusiasm and a great love of food to bring it to life.”

~ Georges Blanc

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


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"A mighty porterhouse steak an inch and a half thick, hot and sputtering
from the griddle; dusted with fragrant pepper; enriched with little melting
bits of butter of the most unimpeachable freshness and genuineness; the
precious juices of the meat trickling out and joining the gravy, archipelagoed
with mushrooms; a township or two of tender, yellowish fat gracing an out-
lying district of this ample county of beefsteak; the long white bone which
divides the sirloin from the tenderloin still in its place."

~ from the writings of Mark Twain,
while touring Europe in 1878

"A recipe is only a theme, which an intelligent cook can play
each time with a variation."

~ Madame Benoit

"Aioli intoxicates gently, fills the body with warmth, and the soul with
enthusiasm. In its essence it concentrates the strength, the gaiety of
Provence: sunshine."

~ Frederic Mistral

"Anyone who eats three meals a day should understand why
cookbooks outsell sex books three to one."

~ L. M. Boyd

"Don't be a fuddy-duddy with your hollandaise;
be bold, dunk your pretzels in it!"

~ Miss Piggy

"If the soup had been as warm as the wine;
if the wine had been as old as the turkey;
and if the turkey had had a breast like the maid,
it would have been a swell dinner."

~ Duncan Hines

"No mean woman can cook well. It calls for a generous spirit,
a light hand, and a large heart."

~ Paul Gauguin

"Don't wreck a sublime chocolate experience by feeling guilty.
Chocolate isn't like premarital sex. It will not make you pregnant.
And it always feels good."

~ Lora Brody

"I'm a man. Men cook outside. That outdoor grilling is a manly pursuit
has long been beyond question. If this wasn't understood, you'd never
get grown men to put on those aprons with pictures of dancing weenies
on the front, and messages like 'Come 'n' Get It!' "

~ William Geist

"Americans are just beginning to regard food the way the French
always have. Dinner is not what you do in the evening before
something else. Dinner is the evening."

~ Art Buchwald

“Eat your curry, and be brilliant!
Why should I make the effort to try something new when I already
like the food I eat? Part of the answer lies in the Indian belief that
eating more complex and subtly flavored foods exercises the brain,
making it better at understanding and appreciating and surviving
the subtle complexities of life.”

~ The Spice House Catalog, on curry powders

"We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking
for something to eat and drink, for dining alone is leading the life
of a lion or wolf."

~ Epicurus

There is no sight on Earth more appealing than the sight
of a woman making dinner for someone she loves.”

~ Thomas Wolfe

"Dining is and always was a great artistic opportunity."
~ Frank Lloyd Wright

"It takes some skill to spoil a breakfast -
even the English can't do it."

~ John Kenneth Galbraith

“I pray that death may strike me in the middle of a large meal.
I wish to be buried under the tablecloth between four large dishes.”

~ Marc Desuagiers

"I've long said that if I were about to be executed and were given
a choice of my last meal, it would be bacon and eggs."

~  James Beard

"We plan, we toil, we suffer - in the hope of what? A camel-load
of idol's eyes? The title deeds of Radio City? The empire of Asia?
A trip to the moon? No, no, no, no. Simply to wake just in time to
smell coffee and bacon and eggs."

~ J. B. Priestly

“I doubt the world holds for anyone a more soul-stirring
surprise than the first adventure with ice cream.”

~ Heywood Broun

“The art of cooking is among the most intimate
 things that we can do for another.”

~ Chef Charlie Trotter

"What a flavor oysters have--mellow, coppery, with almost a
creaminess when you chew and analyze. I drank some good beer
with them and floated on a gastronomically sensual cloud."

~ James Beard


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“Food is, delightfully, an area of licensed sensuality,
of physical delight which will, with luck and enduring
taste buds, last our life long.”

~ Antonia Till

"Seize the moment. Remember all those women
on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart."

~ Erma Bombeck

"In the end, your creativity - perhaps even your
outrageousness - will determine the final result."

~ Bobby Flay

“I used to love the way everyone talked about food as if it were
one of the most important things in life. And, of course, it is.
Without it we would die. Each of us eats about one thousand
meals a year. It is my belief that we should try and make as
many of these meals as we can truly memorable.”

~ Robert Carrier

"There is no technique, there is just the way to do it.
Now, are we going to measure or are we going to cook?"

~ Frances Mayes, in
'Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy icon'

"When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece."
~ John Ruskin

"There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook
and won't, and that's a wife who can't cook and will."

~ Robert Frost

"You are eating the sea, that's it, only the sensation of a gulp of sea water
has been wafted out of it by some sorcery, and you are on the verge of
remembering you don't know what, mermaids or the sudden smell of
kelp on the ebb tide or a poem you read once, something connected
with the flavor of life itself..."

~ Eleanor Clark, in 'The Oysters of Locmariaquer icon',
on tasting Brittany's Armoricaines oysters

"You needn't tell me that a man who doesn't love oysters and asparagus
and good wines has got a soul, or a stomach either. He's simply got the
instinct for being unhappy highly developed."

~ Saki

"The whole Mediterranean, the sculpture, the palms, the gold beads,
the bearded heroes, the wine, the ideas, the ships. the moonlight, the
winged gorgons, the bronze men, the philosophers - all of it seems to
rise in the sour, pungent taste of these black olives between the teeth.
A taste older than meat, older than wine. A taste as old as cold water."

~ Lawrence Durrell

"Everything you see I owe to spaghetti."
~ Sophia Loren

"I come from a home where gravy is a beverage."
~ Erma Bombeck

"If I had a son who was ready to marry, I would tell him,
'Beware of girls who don't like wine, truffles, cheese, or music.' "

~ Colette

“Let the progress of the meal be slow, for dinner is the last
business of the day; and let the guests conduct themselves
like travelers due to reach their destination together.”

~ Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

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