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"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)
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“If your regrets linger, if you cannot find inspiration in solitude, then
you still have much to learn from the writers and poets and the cooks
on becoming 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
with ceremony."

~ Fernand Point

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

~ Madame Benoit

"Cookery is not chemistry. It is an art. It requires instinct and taste
rather than exact measurements."

~ Marcel Boulestin

"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 deep love of food to bring it to life."

~ Georges Blanc, from 'Ma Cuisine des Saisons'

"Food, like a loving touch or a glimpse of divine power,
has that ability to comfort."

~ Norman Kolpas

"Cuisine is only about making foods taste
the way they are supposed to taste."

~ Chef Charlie Trotter

"No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook
in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice
and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers."

~ Laurie Colwin

"The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness
of 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."

~ Craig Claiborne

"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 pecan pie."

~ Craig Claiborne, in Southern Food

"The preparation of good food is merely another expression of art,
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."

~ Julia Child

"Serve the dinner backward, do anything -
but for goodness sake, do something weird."

~ Elsa Maxwell

"What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes,
he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow."

~ A. A. Milne

"It 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
of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I
am 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 icon


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"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

"Of 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 chili."
~ the dying words of Kit Carson

"The man who has nothing to boast of but his illustrious ancestry
is like the potato. The best part is underground."

~ Thomas Overbury

"Mayonnaise: One of the sauces which serve the French
in place 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."
~ Irish Proverb

"A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness."
~ 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 crisp taste
of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy, and to
make plans.”

~ Ernest Hemingway, in 'A Moveable Feast icon'

"Cooking is an art and patience a virtue... Careful shopping, fresh
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,
the impressionist. Plates or pictures of sunshine taste of
happiness and love."

~ Keith Floyd, in 'A Feast of Floyd icon'

"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 glass.
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 Mystic"

"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 most
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 of champions."

~ Jim Jarmusch, in the film "Blue in the Face"

"I have made a lot of mistakes falling in love, and regretted
most of them, but never the potatoes that went with them."

~ Nora Ephron, in "Heartburn"

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep 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.
From the abundance of it flows a benign benevolence."

~ Frederick W. Hackwood, "Good Cheer"

"Brewing espresso...unlike other methods of brewing coffee...
IS rocket science..."

~ Kevin Knox and Julie Sheldon Huffaker,
Coffee Basics: A Quick and Easy Guide icon

"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 dance from
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 icon

"My kitchen is a mystical place, a kind of temple for me. It is a place where
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

"I know the look of an apple that is roasting and sizzling on the hearth
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 people's
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."

~ Marcel Proust

"Seating themselves on the greensward, they eat while the corks fly
and there is talk, laughter and merriment, and perfect freedom, for the
universe 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 surroundings."

~ Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

"New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin."
~ Mark Twain, 1884
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 relatives."

~ 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 icon'

"You may feel that you have eaten too much...But this pastry is like
feathers - it is like snow. It is in fact good for you, a digestive!"

~ M. F. K. Fisher, 'I Was Really Very Hungry'

"By my faith, yes! Tarte à la crème!...How indebted I am to you,
Madame, to have reminded me of tarte à la crème!"

~ Moliere, La Critique de l'Ecole des Femmes

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Some food quotes are taken from
"Bon Appétit! A Feast of Gourmet & Cooking Quotations"
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