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The All-Time Best Food Quotes And Sayings

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We love to talk about food. We agree that food is the necessity of life. For some people, it’s their need. For some, it’s their passion to make new dishes and excel as a chef, and for some, it’s just something that they have to eat to survive. Nothing brings people together like a generous spread of delicious food. In an effort to help us begin to view food in a different light, I have compiled a list of hand-curated food quotes from popular chefs, writers, and all-around lovers of food.

356 Food Sayings and Food Quotes

“After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives.” – Oscar Wilde

“Whenever I hear people say clean food is expensive, I tell them it’s actually the cheapest food you can buy. That always gets their attention. Then I explain that with our food, all of the costs are figured into the price. Society is not bearing the cost of water pollution, of antibiotic resistance, of food-borne illnesses, of crop subsidies, of subsidized oil and water — of all the hidden costs to the environment and the taxpayer that make cheap food seem cheap. No thinking person will tell you they don’t care about all that. I tell them the choice is simple: You can buy honestly priced food, or you can buy irresponsibly priced food.” – Joel Salatin

“Man should not try to avoid stress any more than he would shun food, love, or exercise.” – Hans Selye

“If I have one addiction in life, it’s probably food.” – Liam Hemsworth

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” – James Beard

“Good food is healthy food. Food is supposed to sustain you so you can live better, not so you can eat more. Some people eat to live, and some people live to eat.” – Yolanda Adams

“Provided it be well and truly made there is really for the confirmed turophile no such thing as a bad cheese. A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull. It may be naive; it may be over sophisticated. Yet it remains cheese, milk’s leap toward immortality.” – Clifton Fadiman

“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” – Alan D. Wolfelt

“The only thing I like better than talking about food is eating.” – John Walters

“Marcie:  How can you pig-out on all that junk food every day, sir?Peppermint Patty:  Life is more than carrot sticks, Marcie.– Charles Schulz

“Apples have other virtues than those that nourish merely. They refresh the spirits by their taste and perfume… A dish of choice kinds standing in one’s study shall perfume his composition and rejoice his temper whensoever he tastes them.” – Amos Bronson Alcott (1799–1888)

“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

“Sauerkraut may be reckoned among the wholesomest foods.” – Sebastian Kneipp

“Popcorn for breakfast! Why not? It’s a grain. It’s like, like, grits, but with high self-esteem.” – James Patterson

“Oh. We were thinking Parmesan meant, not “coming from Parma,” but “coming from a green shaker can..” – Barbara Kingsolver

“Food is art and science. So, you take something out. You have to work with the recipe to make sure that you’re providing delicious food with cleaner labels.” – Denise Morrison

“Chowder breathes reassurance. It steams consolation.” – Clementine Paddleford

“Plant a radish, get a radish, never any doubt. That’s why I love vegetables. You know what they’re about.” – Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt

“The market is full of delights in July: Fresh vegetables, berries, red cherries for pie!– Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron

“Life is an onion, and one cries while peeling it.” – French Proverb

“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” – Adelle Davis

“My best hostess tip is to have good food and really good music.” – Jennifer Aniston

“An apple is an excellent thing — until you have tried a peach.” – George du Maurier

“I was warm inside from the beer and peppers, and felt chipper for the first time in weeks.” – James Street (1903–1954)

“A bagel is a doughnut with the sin removed.” – George Rosenbaum

“Large, naked raw carrots are acceptable as food only to those who lie in hutches eagerly awaiting Easter.” – Fran Lebowitz

“Sea vegetables are the ocean’s mineral and vitamin bank…” – Kristina Turner

“The belly rules the mind.” – Spanish Proverb

“A nickel’s worth of goulash beats a five dollar can of vitamines.” – Martin H. Fischer

“Alas! my child, where is the Pen That can do justice to the Hen?Like Royalty, she goes her way, Laying foundations every day, Though not for Public Buildings, yet For Custard, Cake and Omelette….No wonder, Child, we prize the Hen, Whose Egg is Mightier than the Pen.– Oliver Herford, “The Hen”

“The inventor of soda crackers has a place in hell.” – Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

“If it came from a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, don’t.” – Michael Pollan

“There is no such thing as a little garlic.” – A. Baer

“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

“Sex is good, but not as good as fresh, sweet corn.” – Garrison Keillor

“We don’t get fat because we overeat; we overeat because we’re getting fat.” – Gary Taubes

“Bread and butter, devoid of charm in the drawing-room, is ambrosia eating under a tree.” – Elizabeth Russell

“You can tell how long a couple has been married by whether they are on their first, second, or third bottle of Tabasco.” – Bruce By

“After all the trouble you go to, you get about as much actual “food” out of eating an artichoke as you would from licking 30 or 40 postage stamps.” – Miss Piggy

“I take a vitamin every day. It’s called a steak.” – Leo Benvenuti and Steve Rudnick

“Eating is so intimate. It’s very sensual. When you invite someone to sit at your table, and you want to cook for them, you’re inviting a person into your life.” – Maya Angelou

“A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.” – James Beard

“The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight.” – M.F.K. Fisher

“Good food ain’t cheap, and cheap food ain’t good.”

“Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork.” – English Proverb

“There’s something about getting up at 5 a.m., feeding the stock and chickens, and milking a couple of cows before breakfast that gives you a lifelong respect for the price of butter and eggs.” – Bill Vaughan

“Celery is as fresh and clean as a rainy day after a spell of heat. It crackles pleasantly in the mouth…. it should be eaten alone, for it is the only food which one really wants to hear oneself eat.” – A.A. Milne (1882–1956)

“You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.” – Ronald Reagan

“Part of the secret of success is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” – Mark Twain

“He who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else.” – Samuel Johnson

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” – Doug Larson

“I watch cooking change the cook, just as it transforms the food.” – Laura Esquivel

“Anyone who’s a chef, who loves food, ultimately knows that all that matters is: ‘Is it good? Does it give pleasure?’” – Anthony Bourdain

“Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat.” – Guy Fieri

“I enjoy my food. I like to grill; I do that a lot. I like meat and have big dinners – steak, red meat splurges, prime cuts.” – Taylor Kinney

“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

“Laughter is brightest in the place where the food is.” – Irish Proverb

“So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being.” – Franz Kafka

“It’s important to begin a search on a full stomach.” – Henry Bromel

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking, you’ve to have a what-the-hell attitude.” – Julia Child

“Those who forget the pasta are condemned to reheat it.”

“I’ve long believed that good food, good eating, is all about risk. Whether we’re talking about unpasteurized Stilton, raw oysters or working for organized crime associates, food, for me, has always been an adventure.” – Anthony Bourdain

“Growing up, my mom made dinner every night. Usually, this would be a large salad with kale, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, all organic, of course, and sometimes she’d sprinkle nuts on top for texture. Kale has a metallic taste, like chewing on the hood of a Mercedes. No, something safer, like a Volvo.” – Jarod Kintz

“I think about food literally all day every day. It’s a thing.” – Taylor Swift

“I’m sorry, was this chicken seasoned with molten lava.” – Psych

“Bachelor’s fare: bread and cheese, and kisses.” – Jonathan Swift

“Proust had his madeleines; I am devastated by the scent of yeast bread rising.” – Bert Greene

“The U.S. palate now understands spicy.” – Lynn Dornblaser

“Here is a Southerner, graceful and slim; in flavor, no nut is quite equal to him. Ha, Monsieur Pecan, you know what it means to be served with black coffee in French New Orleans.– Pearl Rivers, “Little Nut People,” in St. Nicholas, January 1892

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates

“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” – Lewis Grizzard

“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” – Julia Child

“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

“People want honest, flavourful food, not some show-off meal that takes days to prepare.” – Ted Allen

“Soup is just a way of screwing you out of a meal.” – Jay Leno

“Animals feed; man eats; only a man of wit knows how to eat.” – Jean Anthelme

“Cakes are healthy too. You just eat a small slice.” – Mary Berry

“I was looking forward to some real Capsicums, fresh from the bush, and oozing their pungent piperine.” – James Street (1903–1954)

“The breakfast slimes, angel food cake, doughnuts and coffee, white bread, and gravy cannot build an enduring nation.” – Martin H. Fischer

“Lettuce is like a conversation; it must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.” – Charles Dudley Warner

“If there were only turnips and potatoes in the world, someone would complain that plants grow the wrong way.” – Georg C. Lichtenberg

“Life is too short for self-hatred and celery sticks.” – Marilyn Wann

“The way you cut your meat reflects the way you live.” – Confucius

“We don’t need a law against McDonald’s or a law against slaughterhouse abuse — we ask for too much salvation by legislation. All we need to do is empower individuals with the right philosophy and the right information to opt out en masse.” – Joel Salatin

“Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

“Practice safe eating — always use condiments.”

“Not eating meat is a decision; eating meat is an instinct.” – Denis Leary

“Don’t forget that the flavors of wine and cheese depend upon the types of infecting microörganisms.” – Martin H. Fischer

“Great food is like great sex. The more you have, the more you want.” – Gael Greene

“Whoever needs milk, bows to the animal.” – Yiddish saying

“Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go.” – Anthony Bourdain

“I’d rather have bread and cheese with my darlings than roast turkey, cranberry sauce, and mince-pie all alone.” – Jay Benson Hamilton

“As the days grow short, some faces grow long. But not mine. Every autumn, when the wind turns cold, and darkness comes early, I am suddenly happy. It’s time to start making soup again.” – Leslie Newman

“Custard: A detestable substance produced by a malevolent conspiracy of the hen, the cow, and the cook.” – Ambrose Bierce

“Rice is born in water and must die in wine.” – Italian Proverb

“Cheese is milk’s leap toward immortality.” – Clifton Fadiman

“I’m pretty sure that eating chocolate keeps wrinkles away because I have never seen a ten-year-old with a Hershey bar and crows feet.” – Amy Neftzger

“We think fast food is equivalent to pornography, nutritionally speaking.” – Steve Elbert

“What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.” – A.A. Milne

“I just inhaled kimchi ramen. The nose on fire. The next chapter may be obscured by tears.” – MCM

“He was a very valiant man who first adventured on eating oysters.” – James I

“According to my mother, there pretty much wasn’t anything I wouldn’t eat as a child… I was even inclined to dig into stuff about which she expressed open disgust… cheap Chinese food with pepper so hot it made your gums feel like a medieval dentist had been at them.” – Alice Dreger

“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” – Lewis Grizzard

“Philosophers have often looked for the defining feature of humans — language, rationality, culture, and so on. I’d stick with this: Man is the only animal that likes Tabasco sauce.” – Paul Bloom

“There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect for eating.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” – John Gunther

“Chemicals, n: Noxious substances from which modern foods are made.”

“All sorrows are less with bread.” – Miguel de Cervantes

“It’s like spicy food — sometimes you have to tone it down so more people can enjoy it.” – Kenneth Edmonds

“Beauty isn’t something on the outside. It’s your insides that count! You gotta eat green stuff to make sure you’re pretty on the inside.” – Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo video game) written by Takayuki Ikkaku

“Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.” – Audrey Hepburn

“Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving, and identity.” – Jonathan Safran Foer

“This is the kind of plant that endears itself to a teenage boy. These weren’t vegetables. They were weapons! And it was legal to grow them.” – James Gorman

“When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste.” – Laiko Bahrs

“Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate.” – Jo Brand

“The most dangerous food is wedding cake.” – James Thurber

“Lettuce, greens, and celery, though much eaten, are worse than cabbage, being equally indigestible without the addition of condiments. Besides, the lettuce contains narcotic properties. It is said of Galen, that he used to obtain from ahead of it, eaten on going to bed, all the good effects of a dose of opium.” – William Andrus Alcott

“The sweetest honey Is loathsome in his own deliciousness And in the taste confounds the appetite.” – William Shakespeare

“My doctor told me I had to stop throwing intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people.” – Orson Welles

“Someone has to stand up and say the answer isn’t another pill. The answer is spinach.” – Bill Maher

“He who eats alone chokes alone.” – Arabian Proverb

“A golfer’s diet: live on greens as much as possible.”

“Soup is liquid comfort.”

“Of plants tomatoes seemed the most human, eager and fragile and prone to rot.” – John Updike

“You can’t just eat good food. You’ve got to talk about it too. And you’ve got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“I get way too much happiness from good food.” – Elizabeth Olsen

“I like food. I like eating. And I don’t want to deprive myself of good food.” – Sarah Michelle Gellar

“Mints. Do you want your breath to be acceptable for 15 minutes? Reach for mints. It’s like brushing your teeth — but with sugar.” – Saturday Night Live

“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” – Ernestine Ulmer

“Pollyanna was carrying calf’s-foot jelly to Mrs. Snow to-day… If it’s Monday she’s bound to say she wished ‘Twas Sunday, and if you take her jelly you’re pretty sure ter hear she wanted chicken — but if you did bring her chicken, she’d be jest hankerin’ for lamb broth!… or… tripe, or onions…” – Eleanor H. Porter

“No, I don’t make the soup. You can’t build a meal on a lake.” – Elsie de Wolfe

“Never make eye contact while eating a banana.”

“Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It’s not about nutrients and calories. It’s about sharing. It’s about honesty. It’s about identity.” – Louise Fresco

“In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.” – Julia Child

“A converted cannibal is one who, on Friday, eats only fishermen.” – Emily Looney

“My favorite animal is steak.” – Fran Lebowitz

“The secret of success is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” – Mark Twain

“The best comfort food will always be greens, cornbread, and fried chicken.” – Maya Angelou

“You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars.” – Charles Kuralt

“In ‘The Republic’ he [Plato] states that the enjoyment of food is not a true pleasure because the purpose of eating is to relieve pain — hunger.” – Mark Kurlansky

“If we’re not willing to settle for junk living, we certainly shouldn’t settle for junk food.” – Sally Edwards

“Most of the food allergies die under garlic and onion.” – Martin H. Fischer

“For me, good food starts with a good product.” – Jean-Georges Vongerichten

“My lips stung, and the lining of my mouth was hot with quick and then prickling stings. I had taken two red frenzies, and without sweat, without the hard blowing of the breath. Then a red torrid. My lips had hardened to the sting, but my mouth was ridging inside. Then the tingle was in my throat and deep down. Now a greenish-yellow fury. I felt the sweat ooze out on the back of my neck, down under my collar. I was hurting, the numbing burn of piperine, a crystalline alkaloid that tightens the tissues like wet rawhide. Each minute got longer. Next, a green buster. The heat seared down to my belly.” – James Street (1903–1954)

“Cole’s Law: Thinly sliced cabbage.”

“Food is an important part of a balanced diet.” – Fran Lebowitz

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” – Federico Fellini

“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.” – David Mamet

“Food is really and truly the most effective medicine.” – Joel Fuhrman

“There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments.” – Chris Rock

“You can say this for ready-mixes — the next generation isn’t going to have any trouble making pies exactly like mother used to make.” – Earl Wilson

“Tyler turned down the candy because it would make him run slower.” – Chris Powell/Ashley Hylton

“I know once people get connected to real food, they never change back.” – Alice Waters

“We don’t need a melting pot in this country, folks. We need a salad bowl. In a salad bowl, you put in different things. You want the vegetables — the lettuce, the cucumbers, the onions, the green peppers — to maintain their identity. You appreciate differences.” – Jane Elliot

“I love you like a fat kid loves cake.” – Scott Adams

“You can’t expect to look like a million bucks if you eat from the dollar menu.”

“They have hot peppers in Louisiana. Little red devils with fire in their skin and hell in their seeds.” – James Street (1903–1954)

“The bread is sweet; mamma’s hands filled it with love when she made it; the cheese is fresh, and the tea is warm.” – Jay Benson Hamilton

“If you don’t recognize an ingredient, your body won’t either.”

“The secret of food lies in memory – of thinking and then knowing what the taste of cinnamon or steak is.” – Jerry Saltz

“The chief pleasure in eating does not consist of costly seasoning, or exquisite flavor, but in yourself.” – Horace

“Everything you see I owe to spaghetti..” – Sophia Loren

“Spaghetti can be eaten most successfully if you inhale it like a vacuum cleaner.” – Sophia Loren

“Stored away in some brain cell is the image of a long-departed aunt, you haven’t thought of in 30 years. Stored away in another cell is the image of a pink pony stitched on your first set of baby pajamas. All it takes to get that aunt mounted on the back of that pony is to eat a hunk of meatloaf immediately before going to bed.” – Robert Brault

“Truly, love is delightful and pleasant food, supplying, as it does, rest to the weary, strength to the weak, and joy to the sorrowful. It, in fact, renders the yoke of truth easy and it’s burden light.” – Saint Bernard

“Bread baking 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

“Yeah, where I come from, we eat our sushi cooked—medium-rare. And it’s made out of a cow.” – John Henson

“According to the latest authorities, spring fever, the cause of so much loss of energy can be prevented by homemakers if they will feed their families in the winter season with plenty of green vegetables.” – Richard Gay Neville

“Fish is the only food that is considered spoiled once it smells like what it is.” – P.J. O’Rourke

“Doctors confuse color and chemistry. The white meat of the chicken is, therefore, the essence of a light diet, and dark meat is poison.” – Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

“First we eat, then we do everything else.” – M.F.K. Fisher

“Every time you use the word ‘healthy,’ you lose. The key is to make yummy, delicious food that happens to be healthy.” – Marcus Samuelsson

“Hence various trees their various fruits produce, Some for delightful taste, and some for use.Hence sprouting plants enrich the plain and wood, For physic, some, and some designed for food.– Richard Blackmore, “Wisdom of God in the Vegetable Creation,” 1712

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” – Ruth Reichl

“Worries go down better with soup.” – Jewish Proverb

“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

“Nobody seems more obsessed by diet than our anti-materialistic, otherworldly, New Age spiritual types. But if the material world is merely an illusion, an honest guru should be as content with Budweiser and bratwurst as with raw carrot juice, tofu, and seaweed slime.” – Edward Abbey

“To me, food is as much about the moment, the occasion, the location, and the company as it is about the taste.” – Heston Blumenthal

“Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments.” – Bethenny Frankel

“A little chocolate a day keeps the doctor at the ba.” – Marcia Carrington

“Food for us comes from our relatives, whether they have wings or fins or roots. That is how we consider food. Food has a culture. It has a history. It has a story. It has relationships.” – Winona LaDuke

“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” – W. C. Fields

“They had a good slice of lean ham with a border of fat that shone like a piece of ice from a spring.” – Jean Giono (1895–1970)

“Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” – Michael Pollan

“I love food. I’m a big food person. I’m really passionate about eating good food all the time.” – Dreama Walker

“Dietician Von Eiffel controls the Wuff-Whiffer, our Diet-Devising Computerized Sniffer, on which you just simply lie down in repose and sniff at good food as it goes past your nose…he’ll find out by Sniff-Scan the foods you like most.And when that guy finds out what you like, you can bet it won’t be on your diet.From here on, forget it!– Dr. Seuss

“A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money. Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do.” – P.J. O’Rourke

“Our breakfast consisted of what the Squire denominated true old English fare. He indulged in some bitter lamentations over modern breakfasts of tea and toast, which he censured as among the causes of modern effeminacy and weak nerves, and the decline of old English heartiness; and though he admitted them to his table to suit the palates of his guests, yet there was a brave display of cold meats, wine, and ale, on the sideboard.” – Washington Irving

“They claim red meat is bad for you.  But I never saw a sick-looking tiger..” – Chi Chi Rodriguez

“Welcome to the Church of the Holy Cabbage. Lettuce pray.”

“I have no truck with lettuce, cabbage, and similar chlorophyll. Any dietitian will tell you that a running foot of apple strudel contains four times the vitamins of a bushel of beans.” – S.J. Perelman

“If you maintain a healthy diet, or at least are smart about your food choices, you’ll still see the pounds come off.” – Misty May-Treanor

“Ripe grapes with purpling luster shine Where graceful droop the clinging vine.– Phebe A. Holder

“Soup and fish explain half the emotions of human life.” – Sydney Smith

“This special feeling towards fruit, its glory, and abundance, is I would say universal… We respond to strawberry fields or cherry orchards with a delight that a cabbage patch or even an elegant vegetable garden cannot provoke.” – Jane Grigson

“Keep as near as ever you can to the first sources of supply—fruits and vegetables.” – B.W. Richardson

“There’s no such thing as soy milk. It’s just soy juice.” – Lewis Black

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

“There were green infernos and green terrors, yellow jackets and yellow furies, red toroids, and red frenzies.” – James Street (1903–1954)

“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the ‘Titanic’ who waved off the dessert cart.” – Erma Bombeck

“The good man suffers but to gain, And every virtue springs from pain; As aromatic plants bestow No spicy fragrance while they grow; But crushed or trodden to the ground, Diffuse their balmy sweets around.– Oliver Goldsmith

“We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of an opportunity to eat badly.” – Anna Thomas

“Patience is the secret to good food.” – Gail Simmons

“It would be nice if the Food and Drug Administration stopped issuing warnings about toxic substances and just gave me the names of one or two things still safe to eat.” – Robert Fuoss

“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

“Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.” – G. K. Chesterton

“If you are a human being, it’s in your DNA to want bacon.” – Jan Charles

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

“Well, the food’s always the way to anybody’s heart, I think, guy or girl.” – Josh Hutcherson

“O, the joys of nutting! The clusters hang high, But the crook brings the branches anear…We strip the bold clusters and set the branch free, And deem we have all its nuts shaken; But others pop out ‘neath the leaves, we can see, So we own we are somewhat mistaken.– James Rigg, “Nutting Time,” Wild Flower Lyrics and Other Poems, 1897

“Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but Cabbage with a College Education.” – Mark Twain

“No man is lonely eating spaghetti; it requires so much attention.” – Christopher Morley

“I am a better person when I have less on my plate.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“That a slender wooden tree twig can give birth to luscious pears, apples, peaches remains an extraordinary feat.” – Dr. SunWolf

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf

“Mrs. Jakes had sent up stew and apple pie. “Oh, good,” said Miss Marcy. “Stew’s so comforting on a rainy day..” – Dodie Smith

“Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat.” – Fran Lebowitz

“When a man’s stomach is full, it makes no difference whether he is rich or poor.” – Euripides

“Anyhow, the hole in the doughnut is at least digestible.” – H.L. Mencken

“If you ate pasta and antipasto, would you still be hungry.”

“The adulteration of food and drinks has become almost as general as the use of the article itself. Scarcely an article used by men in civilized countries has escaped this process, where it was possible to unite some cheaper substance with it. Flour, coffee, tea, sugar, butter, and a hundred other articles that undergo this adulteration process. The methods have been so often exposed, that the public is tolerably acquainted with the manipulations these substances undergo at the hands of experts.” – “What We Eat

“Fish, to taste right, must swim three times — in water, in butter, and in wine.” – Polish Proverb

“Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal.” – Voltaire

“Most fast food is fried. Fried food tastes great, and people don’t seem to care about the fat aspect.” – Eric Schlosser

“Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables. They probably get jet-lagged, just like people.” – Elizabeth Berry

“I realized very early the power of food to evoke memory, to bring people together, to transport you to other places, and I wanted to be a part of that.” – Jose Andres Puerta

“Food is a huge passion of mine, and because I want to eat whatever I want, I run every morning, and then I do weights a few times a week. It’s just how I can balance eating pancakes in the morning, a big burger for lunch, and then a fat steak and cheesecake at night.” – Matt Barr

“The onion is the truffle of the poor.” – Robert J. Courtine

“Food, to me, is always about cooking and eating with those you love and care for.” – David Chang

“This country is just beginning to feel that it is at war. The sugar shortage is one of the greatest blessings that ever happened to the people of this country, and if it has done nothing better than to teach us that we can do without sugar, the war will have paid for itself… The Lord never intended the child to develop a sweet tooth. He knew it would be a bad tooth… Sugar is the curse of this country.” – Harvey W. Wiley

“You can do a lot for your diet by eliminating foods that have mascots.” – Ted Spiker

“Oh, you may have the wild rose As gentle as a maiden’s dream; I’ll take a fairer bloom that blows—The wild strawberry (with cream)!…– Gerald Raftery

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

“Bread deals with living things, with giving life, with growth, with the seed, the grain that nurtures. It is not coincidence that we say bread is the staff of life.” – Lionel Poilane

“Wine is bottled poetry.” – Robert Luis Stevenson

“When you don’t have food in your life, just for a day, it makes you realize you’re lucky to have it the next day. So the day after fasting, the music that comes out will be very joyous.” – Chris Martin

“I hate people who are not serious about meals. It is so shallow of them.” – Oscar Wilde

“It’s bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children’s health than the pediatrician.” – Meryl Streep

“I would think wolves would prefer spicy things. It’s born that crave sweets.” – Isuna Hasekura

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him – the people who give you their food give you their heart.” – Cesar Chavez

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw

“The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again.” – George Miller

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child

“In Mexico, we have a word for sushi: bait.” – José Simons

“People will travel anywhere for good food – it’s crazy.” – Rene Redzepi

“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Food feeds both the body and soul – there are clear reasons to eat a balanced diet, but there are also reasons you cling to your mom’s secret chicken noodle soup recipe when you’re sick.” – Michael Mina

“Food is for eating, and good food is to be enjoyed… I think food is, actually, very beautiful in itself.” – Delia Smith

“Tall hollyhocks may have no peers In beauty, dew-empearled at morn,But I like stalks that bear the ears Of luscious Golden Bantam corn!…– Gerald Raftery

“’Twas a good lady, ’twas a good lady: we may pick a thousand salads ere we light on such another herb..” – William Shakespeare

“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.” – Orson Welles

“An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a vegetable invented to make them laugh.” – Will Rogers

“Condensed milk is wonderful. I don’t see how they can get a cow to sit down on those little cans.” – Fred Allen

“I went to a restaurant that serves “breakfast anytime.” So I ordered French toast during the Renaissance.” – Steven Wright

“Clean water and access to food are some of the simplest things that we can take for granted each and every day. In places like Africa, these can be some of the hardest resources to attain if you live in a rural area.” – Marcus Samuelsson

“Cold beer & pizza are spiritual.” – Betsy Cañas Garmon

“It’s okay to eat fish because they don’t have any feelings.” – Kurt Cobain

“There is something in the flavor and aroma of the fresh strawberry that no amount of skill has been able to preserve.” – E.F. White

“Always eat grapes downward — that is eating the best grapes first; in this way, there will be none better left on the bench, and each grape will seem good down to the last. If you eat the other way, you will not have a good grape in the lot.” – Samuel Butler

“Just bought lean chicken breasts instead of hot wings for supper because I’m a stupid [f@%’ing] mature adult.” – Jason Sweeney

“When I add a spoon of honey to my tea, I give thanks to a dozen bees for the work of their whole lives. When my finger sweeps the final drop of sweetness from the jar, I know we’ve enjoyed the nectar from over a million flowers. This is what honey is: the souls of flowers, a food to please the gods. Honeyeaters know that to have a joyful heart, one must live life like the bees, sipping the sweet nectar from each moment as it blooms. And Life, like the world of honey, has its enchantments and stings….” – Ingrid Goff-Madoff

“The colors of a fresh garden salad are so extraordinary, no painter’s pallet can duplicate nature’s artistry.” – Dr. SunWolf

“Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.” – Dorothy Day

“For as nutrition is the best friend a human body ever has, so its worst enemy is stimulation.” – Dr. James C. Jackson

“There is nothing better on a cold wintry day than a properly made pot pie.” – Craig Claiborne

“To eat is to appropriate by destruction.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

“The reason it’s called “Grape Nuts” is that it contains “dextrose,” which is also sometimes called “grape sugar,” and also because “Grape Nuts” is catchier, in terms of marketing, than “A Cross Between Gerbil Food and Gravel,” which is what it tastes like.” – Dave Barry

“I never had a piece of toast Particularly long and wide, But fell upon the sanded floor, And always on the buttered side.– James Payn

“Never eat more than you can lift.” – Miss Piggy

“Divine Providence has spread her table everywhere, not with a juiceless green carpet, but with succulent herbage and nourishing grass, upon which most beasts feed.” – Thomas More

“It was a little four-roomed cottage where the boy lived, and his mother—good soul!—gave us hot bacon for supper, and we ate it all—five pounds—and a jam tart afterward, and two pots of tea, and then we went to bed.” – Jerome K. Jerome

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

“My weaknesses have always been food and men – in that order.” – Dolly Parton

“Now, why is diagonal cutting better than cutting straight across? Because the corner of a triangularly cut slice gives you an ideal first bite. With rectangularly cut toast, you have to angle the shape into your mouth, as if you were angling a big dresser through a hall doorway: you have to catch one corner of your mouth with one corner of the toast and then slightly and carefully turn the toast, drawing the mouth open with it so that the far corner of the toast can clear; only then do you chomp down. Also, with the diagonal slice, most of the tapered bite is situated right up near the front of your mouth, where you want it to be as you begin to chew. With the rectangular slice, a cumbersome fraction is riding out of control, high on the dome of the tongue.” – Nicholson Baker

“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” – James Beard

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Shulz

“Hot? Those things? They are for children. For nursing children. And furious are for growing boys. They’ll wake you up all right, and put fire in your blood. But listen, my friend, I’m a hot-pepper man. And when I say hot-pepper man, I mean hot-pepper man.” – James Street (1903–1954)

“You are what you eat. For example, if you eat garlic, you’re apt to be a hermit.” – Franklin P. Jones

“Amomum melegueta! I had never seen a whole one before. The spice trade calls them Guinea peppers. Such little nuggets launched armadas in the old days, sails from Spain and Portugal. Men died for those peppers for gold and glory. They are the hottest things that grow, and their seeds are praised as the grains of paradise.” – James Street (1903–1954)

“Hilario Villareal is the best pepper man in Feliz. He eats fruits for breakfast. With beer. He grows his own peppers and has a secret. He wet-rots leaves for his plants and grows them on a south slope that is sheltered on three sides. And in the dry season, he waters them from a bucket. I tell you to have respect for his peppers. His soil is very sour, and his peppers are very hot.” – James Street (1903–1954)

“One simply does not drive home from McDonald’s without eating any fries.” – Internet meme

“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” – Harriet Van Horne

“Food is the most primitive form of comfort.” – Sheila Graham

“Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.” – Oscar Wilde

“We got married in a fever hotter than a pepper sprout.” – June Carter Cash

“Avoid fruit and nuts. You are what you eat.” – Jim Davis

“A waffle is like a pancake with a syrup trap.” – Mitch Hedberg

“If wishes and buts were clusters of nuts, we’d all have a bowl of granola.” – From Strangers with Candy

“What is stronger than a mother’s love? The smell of spring onions on your girl’s breath.” – Four Hundred Laughs

“Eating is always a decision; nobody forces your hand to pick up food and put it into your mouth.” – Albert Ellis

“Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands — and then eat just one of the pieces.” – Judith Viorst

“This is every cook’s opinion -no savory dish without an onion, but lest your kissing should be spoiled your onions must be fully boiled.– Jonathan Swift

“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” – Paul Prudhomme

“There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won’t, and that’s a wife who can’t cook and will.” – Robert Frost

“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I’m not sure what makes pepperoni so good — if it’s the pepper or the one.” – S.A. Sachs

“High-tech tomatoes. Mysterious milk. Super squash. Are we supposed to eat this stuff? Or is it going to eat us.” – Annita Manning

“Humor keeps us alive. Humor and food. Don’t forget the food. You can go for a week without laughing.” – Joss Whedon

“There is a lot more juice in grapefruit than meets the eye.”

“I would like to find a stew that will give me heartburn immediately, instead of at three o’clock in the morning.” – John Barrymore

“A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat.” – Old New York Proverb

“Food brings people together on many different levels. It’s the nourishment of the soul and body; it truly loves.” – Giada De Laurentiis

“As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.” – Joan Gussow

“Food can be very transformational, and it can be more than just about a dish. That’s what happened to me when I first went to France. I fell in love with it. And if you fall in love, well, then everything is easy.” – Alice Waters

“But they do not eat hot peppers in the United States. Here and there, yes. But hot peppers, there are weak peppers here.” – James Street (1903–1954)

“Everything I eat has been proved by some doctor or other to be a deadly poison, and everything I don’t eat has been proved to be indispensable for life. But I go marching on.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Hunger is a good cook.” – Proverb

“Everyone would be healthier if they didn’t eat junk food.” – Robert Atkins

“A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.” – Barbara Johnson

“Good food ends with good talk.” – Geoffrey Neighbor

“Hey yogurt, if you’re so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera.” – Attributed to Stephen Colbert

“Age and glasses of wine should never be counted.” – Unknown

“The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love, and death.” – E.M. Forster

“I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression.” – Maya Angelou

“I am not a glutton – I am an explorer of food.” – Erma Bombeck

“We come now to our own land, with which from the cheese-lover’s viewpoint we may merge our good neighbor Canada. A Rembrandtesque picture presents itself, a dramatic mingling of light and shade. The blackest shadow, of course, is cast by processed “cheese.” The word should always, like Soviet “democracy,” be framed in quotes, for no matter what the law may say, I refuse to call this cheese… It represents the triumph of technology over conscience…Bernard Shaw once warned us (he was speaking of mass entertainment) to be sure to get what we liked; otherwise, we might begin to like what we got. There is the point—not that processed “cheese” is so bad in itself (though it is) but that its convenience, neatness, and cheapness give it so many advantages that it may elbow real cheese aside and in the end compass the death of our cheese-palates. Let us not be fooled. My guinea-pig son, aged one year and seven months, was not: fed a “cheese spread,” he spat it out; fed a tiny bit of Stilton he took to it like an angel. Give our American children the processed corpse of milk, and they will grow (I dare not say mature) into processed men, all package and no character.” – Clifton Fadiman

“If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on their feet, what happens if you strap toast on the back of a cat and drop it.” – Steven Wright

“And, of course, the funniest food of all, kumquats.” – George Carlin

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

“The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” – Mark Twain

“She is fond of greens who kisses the gardener.”

“Apelles gave us supper as if he had butchered a garden, thinking he was feeding sheep and not friends. There were radishes, chicory, fenugreek, lettuces, leeks, onions, basil, mint, rue, and asparagus. I was afraid that after all these things, he would serve me with hay, so when I had eaten some half-soaked lupins, I went off.” – Ammianus (2nd century A.D.)

“By eating many fruits and vegetables in place of fast food and junk food, people could avoid obesity.” – David H. Murdock

“I have so mushroomed in my heart for you.” – Popular internet meme

“The bagel, an unsweetened doughnut with rigor mortis.” – Beatrice & Ira Freeman

“In they drop with a click, clack, click, Kernels so hard and yellow; Round they whirl with a hop, skip, hop, Each little dancing fellow. Up they leap with a snap! Crack! Snap! Tossing so light and airy; Out they pour with a soft, swift rush, Snowballs fit for a fairy!– Sophia T. Newman

“If you don’t know what’s meant by God, watch a forsythia branch or a lettuce leaf sprout.” – Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

“Greens to have a complex history in the South. They were something that people could go and gather after working a long shift at the factory. So although greens were one of the earlier items to be canned and sold, people didn’t choose to spend their grocery money on them when they first had money to do so. “Greens can be seen as a protest against the time clock that industrialization introduced,” Engelhardt says. “Gathering greens served as a means for both men and women to resist new factory and mine-driven gender roles, as a walk in the woods did not involve company scrip or time clock..” – Vivé Griffith

“Butter is the most delicate of foods among barbarous nations, and one which distinguishes the wealthy from the multitude at large.” – Pliny

“I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead — not sick, not wounded — dead.” – Woody Allen

“Chili represents your three stages of matter: solid, liquid, and eventually gas.” – Roseanne

“You know how I feel about tacos. It’s the only food shaped like a smile. A beef smile.” – Danielle Sanchez-Witzel and Michael Pennie

“Food is like sex: When you abstain, even the worst stuff begins to look good.” – Beth McCollister

“Food is not just about eating energy. It’s an experience.” – Guy Fieri

“Mac and cheese, that’s God’s best handiwork.” – Bones

“One should eat to live, not live to eat.” – Moliere

“Salt looks like sugar.” – Proverb

“We don’t like spicy food. Once, we found red fang-shaped fruit among the cargo of a shipwreck. We ate it and regretted it loud and long.” – Isuna Hasekura

“Eating good food is my favorite thing in the world. Nothing is more blissful.” – Justine Larbalestier

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