food quotes and other anecdotes ~


One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. ~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright
One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. —-Virginia Woolf
Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. —--Harriet Van Horne
There is no love sincerer than the love of food. —George Bernard Shaw
We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are. —-Adelle Davis
The greatest delight the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable. I am not alone and unacknowledged. They nod to me and I to them. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook. —Julia Child
Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly. —-M. F. K. Fisher
I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food. —W. C. Fields
Nothing is more pleasant than to see a pretty woman, her napkin well placed under her arms, one of her hands on the table, while the other carries to her mouth, the choice piece so elegantly carved. —Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.  —Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being. —Franz Kafka
Nothing helps scenery like bacon and eggs. —Mark Twain

Vegetables are a must on a diet.  I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.  —Jim Davis

Sex is good, but not as good as fresh, sweet corn.  —Garrison Keillor

No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut.  —Channing Pollock

Red meat is not bad for you.  Now blue-green meat, that’s bad for you!  —Tommy Smothers

As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.  —Joan Gussow

Food for thought is no substitute for the real thing.  —Walt Kelly

Cheese – milk’s leap toward immortality.  —Clifton Fadiman

A recipe has no soul.  You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe.  —Thomas Keller

You have to eat to cook. You can’t be a good cook and be a noneater. I think eating is the secret to good cooking. —Julia Child

Dining with one’s friends and beloved family is certainly one of life’s primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal. —Julia Child

In spite of food fads, fitness programs, and health concerns, we must never lose sight of a beautifully conceived meal. —Julia Child

The bagel, an unsweetened doughnut with rigor mortis.  —Beatrice & Ira Freeman

We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.  —Alfred E. Newman

What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child?  —Lin Yutang

I refuse to believe that trading recipes is silly.  Tuna fish casserole is at least as real as corporate stock.  —Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers.  The original meal has never been found.  —Calvin Trillin

We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink… —Epicurus

I’ve been on a diet for two weeks and all I’ve lost is two weeks. – Totie Fields


For  those of you who watch what you eat, here’s the final word on nutrition and health.  It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.
1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

CONCLUSION:  Eat and drink what you like.   Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

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