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Great Quotes About Food And Cooking

Updated on October 20, 2013

Great Quotes - About Food, Cooking and Cooks

Great quotes about food and cooking in general can always be heard if you work long enough in the business. I worked as a cook for about 7 years and I can honestly say that I have never worked in another industry that focuses your mind so much as this one. With cooking it's all about speed, perfection, taste and looks - a combination that I've seen to cause some people to break down. Although I haven't worked in the industry for over 16 years, I still can relate to almost every quote listed below. I hope you find some of them as enjoyable as I do, and for you cooks out there, I hope some of them give you a chuckle.

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Cooking Quotes Can Run The Gamut Between Funny to Frightening

1-Strawberries are the angels of the earth, innocent and sweet with green leafy wings reaching heavenward. ~Terri Guillemets

2-A lot of people like lollipops. I don’t like lollipops. To me, a lollipop is hard candy plus garbage. I don’t need a handle. Just give me the candy. ~Demetri Martin

3-The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook. ~Julia Child

4-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

5-Sacred cows make the best hamburger. ~Mark Twain

6-It is, in my view, the duty of an apple to be crisp and crunchable, but a pear should have such a texture as leads to silent consumption. ~Edward Bunyard

7-Cooking is actually quite aggressive and controlling and sometimes, yes, there is an element of force-feeding going on. ~Nigella Lawson

8-All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. ~John Gunther

9-The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. ~G.K. Chesterton

10-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

11-I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick. Not wounded. Dead. ~Woody Allen

12-Wine is a living liquid containing no preservatives. Its life cycle comprises youth, maturity, old age and death. When not treated with reasonable respect it will sicken and die. ~Julia Child

13-In Mexico we have a word for sushi: bait. ~Jose Simons

14-Rice is born in water and must die in wine. ~Italian Proverb

15-What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow. ~A.A. Milne

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Food Sayings That Will Cause Cooks To Shake Their Heads In Agreement

1-What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art. ~Augustus Saint-Gaudens

2-I don't think America will have really made it until we have our own salad dressing. Until then we're stuck behind the French, Italians, Russians and Caesarians. ~Pat McNelis

3-And I find chopsticks frankly distressing. Am I alone in thinking it odd that a people ingenious enough to invent paper, gunpowder, kites and any number of other useful objects, and who have a noble history extending back 3,000 years haven't yet worked out that a pair of knitting needles is no way to capture food? ~Bill Bryson

4-An empty belly is the best cook. ~Estonian Proverb


Food Quotes and Sayings To Share With Your Fellow Cooks

1-Always serve too much hot fudge sauce on hot fudge sundaes. It makes people overjoyed and puts them in your debt. ~Judith Olney

2-If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. ~J.R.R. Tolkien

3-He who eats alone chokes alone. ~Unknown

4-Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts! ~James Beard

5-My tongue is smiling. ~Abigail Trillin

6-How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like Kleenex? ~Julia Child

7-You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six. ~Yogi Berra

8-Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. ~Voltaire

9-When one has tasted watermelon he knows what the angels eat. ~Mark Twain

10-Cheese – milk’s leap toward immortality. ~Clifton Fadiman

11-Cookery is not chemistry. It is an art. It requires instinct and taste rather than exact measurements. ~Marcel Boulestin

12-The belly rules the mind. ~Spanish Proverb

13-Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~Doug Larson

14-The way you cut your meat reflects the way you live. ~Confucius

15-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


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More Great Quotes About Food

1-Until I discovered cooking, I was never really interested in anything. ~Julia Child

2-Sex is good, but not as good as fresh, sweet corn. ~Garrison Keillor

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

4-I like vending machines, because snacks are better when they fall. If I buy a candy bar at the store, oftentimes I will drop it so that it achieves its maximum flavor potential. ~Mitch Hedberg

5-One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. ~Virginia Woolf

6-Good olive oil, good butter, milk - they give food taste and depth and a richness that you can't reproduce with low-fat ingredients. ~Nigella Lawson

7-The Italians were eating with forks when the French were still eating each other. ~Mario Batali

8-I am not a glutton - I am an explorer of food. ~Erma Bombeck

9-Always remember: If you're alone in the kitchen and you drop the lamb, you can always just pick it up. Who's going to know? ~Julia Child

10-Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea. ~Pythagoras

11-The lion is most handsome when looking for food. ~Jalal ad-Din Rumi

12-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

13-I believe that if ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there wer enough tarragon around. ~James Beard

14-Food without wine is a corpse; wine without food is a ghost; united and well matched they are as body and soul, living partners. ~Andre Simon

15-I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate. ~Julia Child

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      6 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading your lens.

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      7 years ago

      this is really cool . I really enjoyed reading this!

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      pinkrenegade lm 

      7 years ago

      I love the quotes. They're all humorous.

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      7 years ago

      Before we ate my daddy would always say " Good Food, Good Meat, Good God,Let's Eat."


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