What other people say about food and cooking

A lot of poeple have something to say about food and cooking. I am sure you have come across some nugget of wisdom or have developed some culinary philospohy on your own. Here are a few that have inspired, tickled a fancy, started a revolution, and made life a lot more bearable.


There is no love sincerer than the love of food. - George Bernard Shaw

A gourmet is just a glutton with brains - Phillip H. Haberman Jr.

Coffee should be black as Hell, strong as death, and sweet as love. - Turkish Proverb

I found there was only one way to look thin, hang out with fat people. - Rodney Dangerfield

To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living. - Anthony Bourdain

Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better. - Robert Redford 

The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat. - Albert Einstein

I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian. - Anonymous

The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other. - Johnny Carson

God sends meat, and the Devil sends cooks. - John Taylor

Fish, to taste right, must swim three times -- in water, in butter and in wine. - Polish Proverb

There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves. - Thomas Wolfe

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast. - Oscar Wilde

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

When in doubt...... Throw it out - anonymous

What is your host's purpose in having a party? Surely not for you to enjoy yourself; if that were their sole purpose they'd have simply sent champagne and women over to your place by taxi. - PJ O'Rourke

A Bearnaise sauce is simply an egg yolk, a shallot, a little tarragon vinegar, and butter, but it takes years of practice for the result to be perfect - Fernand Point

A converted cannibal is one who, on Friday, eats only fishermen. - Emily Lotney

A vegetarian is a person who won't eat anything that can have children. - David Brenner

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

Cooking is a lot like making love. It just takes a little longer to clean up. - Michael Tucker
Cuisine is only about making foods taste the way they are supposed to taste. - Charlie Trotter

I was a vegetarian until I started leaning toward the sunlight. - Rita Rudner

I'm at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact, I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table. - Rodney Dangerfield

If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? - Anonymous

If you find an Australian indoors, it's a fair bet that he will have a glass in his hand. - Jonathan Aitken

Il n'y a pas de bonne cuisine sans bon bouillon; la cuisine francaise, la premiere de toutes les cuisine doit sa superiorite a l'excellence du bouillon francais. - Alexander Dumas

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

In the strict scientific sense we all feed on death - even vegetarians. - Mr. Spock

Manhattan is a narrow island off the coast of New Jersey devoted to the pursuit of lunch. - Raymond Sokolov

Most of the food allergies die under garlic and onion. - Martin H. Fischer 

My wife is on a diet. Coconuts and bananas. She hasn't lost any weight, but she can sure climb a tree. - Henny Youngman

Nouvelle Cuisine, roughly translated, means: I can't believe I paid ninety-six dollars and I'm still hungry. - Mike Kalin

One of the problems with writing a cookbook is that recipes exist in the moment. - Thomas Keller

People are cooking less but obsessing about it more. - D. Poynter 

Salt is the policeman of taste: It keeps the various flavors of a dish in order and restrains the stronger from tyrannizing over the weaker. - Malcolm De Chezal 

So long as people don't know how to eat they will not have good cooks. - Escoffier  

What you eat and drink is 50 percent of life. - Gerard Depardieu 

Blow in its ear. -Johnny Carson on the best way to thaw out a frozen turkey 

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


What other quotes have you come across to? What nugget of inspiration has got you going? please add to the list!

P.S. These quotes would go on the culinary shirts for sale. Feel free to select one for me to send to you.


Anonymous said...

Care to translate M. Dumas' quotable quote?

Ivan Maminta said...

No good kitchen exists without good stock. French cooking, the finest of all cuisines, owes its superiority to good stock.