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La Belle Cuisine
"What does cookery mean?
It means the knowledge of Medea and of Circe,
and of Calypso, and Sheba. It
means knowledge of all herbs, and fruits, and
balms and spices... It means the
economy of your great-grandmother and the
science of modern chemistry, and
French art, and Arabian hospitality. It
means, in fine, that you are to see
imperatively that everyone has something
nice to eat."
~ John Ruskin (1819-1900)
“Do you have a kinder, more adaptable friend in the food world than soup?
Who soothes you when you are ill? Who refuses to leave you when you are
impoverished and stretches its resources to give a hearty sustenance and
cheer? Who warms you
in the winter and cools you in the summer? Yet who also
is capable of doing honor
to your richest table and impressing your most
demanding guests? Soup does its
loyal best, no matter what undignified
conditions are imposed upon it. You don’t
catch steak hanging around when
you’re poor and sick, do you?”
~ Judith Martin (Miss Manners)
Soulful Soothing Soup
“If your regrets linger, if you cannot find inspiration in solitude, then
still have much to learn from the writers and poets and the cooks
the artist of your own life… you can never re-create the
past. But you can
shape your own future. And you can make a cake.”
~ Jacqueline Duval, in
'Reckless Appetite a Culinary Romance'
"If the divine creator has taken pains to give us
delicious and exquisite
things to eat, the least we can do is prepare them well
and serve them
~ Fernand Point
"I feel a recipe is only a theme,
which an intelligent cook can play
with a variation."
~ Madame Benoit
"Cookery is not
chemistry. It is an art. It requires instinct and taste
rather than exact
~ Marcel Boulestin
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 deep love of
food to bring it to life."
~ Georges Blanc, from 'Ma Cuisine
"Food, like a loving touch or a
glimpse of divine power,
has that ability to comfort."
"Cuisine is only about making foods taste
they are supposed to taste."
Chef Charlie Trotter
"No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a
in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice
and menus of
cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers."
"The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness
the human race than the discovery of a star."
~ Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
"Cooking is at once one of the simplest and most gratifying of
the arts, but to cook well one must love and respect food."
"Nothing rekindles my spirits, gives
comfort to my heart and mind,
more than a visit to Mississippi... and to be
regaled as I often have
been, with a platter of
fried chicken, field peas,
collard greens, fresh
corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes with French
dressing... and to top
it all off with a wedge of freshly baked
Craig Claiborne, in Southern Food
"The preparation of good food is merely another expression of
one of the joys of civilized living
~ Dione Lucas
"Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon
or not at all."
~ Harriet Van Horne
"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking
you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."
"Serve the dinner backward, do
but for goodness sake,
do something weird."
"What I say is that, if a man really likes
he must be a pretty decent
sort of fellow."
~ A. A. Milne
seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love,
are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think
one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I
really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the
love of it and the hunger for it… and then the warmth and richness
and fine reality of hunger satisfied… and it is all one."
~ M.F.K. Fisher, from The Art of Eating
"I like a cook who smiles out loud when he tastes his own work.
Let God worry
about your modesty; I want to see your enthusiasm."
~ Robert Farrar Capon
soup and love, the first is best."
- Spanish Proverb
"Sex is good, but not as good as
fresh sweet corn."
~ Garrison Keillor
"Wish I had time for just one more bowl of
~ the dying words of Kit Carson
"The man who has nothing to boast of but his illustrious ancestry
like the potato. The best part is underground."
~ Thomas Overbury
"Mayonnaise: One of the sauces which serve the French
of a state religion."
~ Ambrose Bierce
"Garlic is as good as ten mothers."
~ Les Blank
"I feel the end approaching. Quick, bring me my dessert,
coffee and liqueur."
~ Brillat-Savarin's great aunt Pierette
"My tongue is smiling."
~ Abigail Trillin
"Laughter is brightest where food is best."
"A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses
~ Elsa Schiaparelli
“As I ate the oysters with their
strong taste of the sea and their
faint metallic taste that the cold white
wine washed away, leaving
only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and
as I drank their
cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the
of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy, and
~ Ernest Hemingway, in 'A Moveable Feast
"Cooking is an art and patience a virtue... Careful shopping,
ingredients and an unhurried approach are nearly all you need.
There is one more
thing - love. Love for food and love for those you
invite to your table. With a
combination of these things you can
be an artist - not perhaps in the representational
style of a Dutch
master, but rather more like Gauguin, the naïve, or Van Gogh,
impressionist. Plates or pictures of sunshine taste of
happiness and love."
~ Keith Floyd, in 'A Feast of Floyd
"The gentle art of gastronomy is a
friendly one. It hurdles the language
barrier, makes friends among civilized people, and warms the heart."
~ Samuel Chamberlain
"Red onions are especially divine. I hold a slice up to the
sunlight pouring in
through the kitchen window, and it glows like a fine piece of antique
Cool watery-white with layers delicately edged with imperial purple...strong,
humble, peaceful...with that fiery nub of spring green in the center..."
~ Mary Hayes Grieco, from "The Kitchen
"We may live without friends;
We may live without books;
But civilized man cannot
live without cooks."
~ Meredith Owen
"If the melting pot exists, the cheeseburger may well be its
palpable product; to take a bite of it is to take a bite of history..."
~ Elizabeth Rozin, "Primal Cheeseburger"
"Coffee and cigarettes, you know?
That's, like, the breakfast
~ Jim Jarmusch, in the film "Blue in the
"I have made a lot of mistakes
falling in love, and regretted
most of them, but never the potatoes that went with
~ Nora Ephron, in "Heartburn"
"One cannot think well, love well,
if one has not dined well."
~ Virginia Woolf, "A Room of One's Own"
"A good meal soothes the soul as it regenerates the body.
the abundance of it flows a benign benevolence."
~ Frederick W. Hackwood, "Good Cheer"
"Brewing espresso...unlike other methods of brewing
IS rocket science..."
~ Kevin Knox and Julie Sheldon Huffaker,
Coffee Basics: A Quick and Easy Guide
"The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly
flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight...
[Breadmaking is] one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a
some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world's sweetest
smells... there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of
meditation in a music-throbbing chapel. that will leave you emptier of bad
thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread."
~ M.F.K. Fisher, from The Art of Eating
"My kitchen is a mystical place, a kind of temple for me. It
is a place where
"I know the look of an
apple that is roasting and sizzling on the hearth
the surfaces seem to have significance, where the sounds and odors carry
meaning that transfers from the past and bridges to the future."
~ Pearl Bailey
on a winter's evening, and I know the
comfort that comes of eating it hot,
along with some sugar and a drench of cream... I know
how the nuts taken
in conjunction with winter apples, cider, and doughnuts, make old
tales and old jokes sound fresh and crisp and enchanting."
~ Mark Twain
"When from a long distant past nothing subsists after the things are
broken and scattered, the smell and taste of things remain."
"Seating themselves on the greensward, they eat while the
and there is talk, laughter and merriment, and perfect freedom, for the
is their drawing room and the sun their lamp. Besides, they
have appetite, Nature's
special gift, which lends to such a meal a
vivacity unknown indoors, however beautiful the
~ Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
"New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms
~ Mark Twain,
Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?
"My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four.
Unless there are three other people."
~ Orson Welles
"Always serve too much
hot fudge sauce on hot fudge sundaes.
It makes people overjoyed, and puts them in your debt."
~ Judith Olney
"After a good dinner one can forgive anybody,
even one's own
~ Oscar Wilde
"Soul food is our personal passport to the past.
It is much
more about heritage than it is about hominy."
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach.
in 'Simple Abundance
"You may feel that you have eaten too much...But this pastry
feathers - it is like snow. It is in fact good for you, a digestive!"
~ M. F. K. Fisher, 'I Was Really Very
"By my faith, yes! Tarte à la crème!...How indebted I am to
Madame, to have reminded me of tarte à la crème!"
Moliere, La Critique de l'Ecole des Femmes
Julia Child in her Own Words
Santorini, Oia, Cyclades Islands, Greece
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Some food quotes are taken from
"Bon Appétit! A Feast
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edited by Helen Exley, Exley Publications,