Quotations about Food 2

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

Great food is like great sex.  The more you have the more you want.  ~Gael Greene

No, I don't take soup.  You can't build a meal on a lake.  ~Elsie de Wolfe (Lady Mendl)

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

Anyhow, the hole in the doughnut is at least digestible.  ~H.L. Mencken

You are what you eat.  For example, if you eat garlic you're apt to be a hermit.  ~Franklin P. Jones

The inventor of soda crackers has a place in hell.  ~Martin H. Fischer

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

Cold beer and pizza are spiritual.  ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, www.wildthymecreative.com

We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink... ~Epicurus

He who eats alone chokes alone.  ~Proverb

After dinner sit a while, and after supper walk a mile.  ~English Saying

Always eat grapes downward - that is eat the best grapes first; in this way there will be none better left on the bunch, 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

Good food is wise medicine.  ~Alison Levitt M.D., Doctor in the Kitchen®, www.drinthekitchen.com

The story of barbecue is the story of America:  Settlers arrive on great unspoiled continent, discover wondrous riches, set them on fire and eat them.  ~Vince Staten

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

The colors of a fresh garden salad are so extraordinary, no painter's pallet can duplicate nature's artistry.  ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com

If you ate pasta and antipasto, would you still be hungry?  ~Author Unknown

Cole's Law:  Thinly sliced cabbage.  ~Author Unknown

He was a very valiant man who first adventured on eating oysters.  ~James I

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

Tell me what you eat, I'll tell you who you are.  ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

The more you eat, the less flavor; the less you eat, the more flavor.  ~Chinese Proverb

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

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

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

Hunger:  One of the few cravings that cannot be appeased with another solution.  ~Irwin Van Grove

Training is everything.  The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.  ~Mark Twain

The woman just ahead of you at the supermarket checkout has all the delectable groceries you didn't even know they carried.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Life is a combination of magic and pasta.  ~Federico Fellini

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

Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food."  ~Michael Pollan

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, My Name is Earl, "South of the Border Part Uno/Dos," original airdate 7 December 2006, spoken by the character Earl Hickey

The whole of nature, as has been said, is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and in the passive.  ~William Ralph Inge

And, of course, the funniest food of all, kumquats.  ~George Carlin

I love sandwiches.  Let's face it, life is better between two pieces of bread.  ~Jeff Mauro, a.k.a. The Sandwich King

You can make any meal into a sandwich, and any sandwich into a meal.  ~Jeff Mauro, a.k.a. The Sandwich King

Pre-heat the oven?  Really?  If I was the sort of person who planned ahead, I wouldn't be eating this Totino's Party Pizza in the first place.  ~Adam Peterson

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

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

Avoid fruit and nuts.  You are what you eat.  ~Jim Davis

If wishes and buts were clusters of nuts, we'd all have a bowl of granola.  ~From Strangers with Candy

In general, mankind, since the improvement in cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.  ~Benjamin Franklin

I'm not sure what makes pepperoni so good - if it's the pepper or the oni.  ~S.A. Sachs

Yeah, where I come from, we eat our sushi cooked—medium rare. And it's made out of a cow. ~John Henson, Wipeout, "Totally, Totally Inappropriate" (season 3, episode 13), original airdate August 17, 2010

Soup is just a way of screwing you out of a meal.  ~Jay Leno

All sorrows are less with bread.  ~Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

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-Maidoff  "The Honey Sutras"

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

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

Courage, cheerfulness, and a desire to work depends mostly on good nutrition. ~Jacob Moleschott

No man is lonely eating spaghetti; it requires so much attention.  ~Christopher Morley

The body becomes what the foods are, as the spirit becomes what the thoughts are. ~Kemetic Saying

[A]s hungry as the Sea,
And can digest as much...
~William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night  (Note: Out of context, this is actually referring to heart/capacity for love)

When I'm at a Chinese restaurant having a hard time with chopsticks, I always hope that there's a Chinese kid at an American restaurant somewhere who's struggling mightily with a fork.  ~Rick Budinich

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

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

We got married in a fever hotter than a pepper sprout.  ~June Carter Cash

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

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, How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like

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, about hot peppers (habaneros), "A Perk of Our Evolution: Pleasure in Pain of Chilies," New York Times, September 20, 2010

I'm sorry, was this chicken seasoned with molten lava?  ~Psych, "Bollywood Homicide," 2009, written by Steve Franks and Anupam Nigam, spoken by the character Shawn Spencer

It's like spicy food - sometimes you have to tone it down so more people can enjoy it.  ~Kenneth Edmonds

The U.S. palate now understands spicy.  ~Lynn Dornblaser

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

Greens too 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, "You Are What You Eat: Dr. Elizabeth Engelhardt studies how your food choices can carry stories of race, class and culture," 2005

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

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 a head of it, eaten on going to bed, all the good effects of a dose of opium.  ~William Andrus Alcott, The Young House-keeper: or, Thoughts on Food and Cookery, 1838

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

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

Welcome to the Church of the Holy Cabbage.  Lettuce pray.  ~Author Unknown

If you don't know what's meant by God, watch a forsythia branch or a lettuce leaf sprout.  ~Martin H. Fischer

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

A golfer's diet:  live on greens as much as possible.  ~Author Unknown

She is fond of greens who kisses the gardener.  ~Author Unknown

Verses of veggies
poems of fruit
dotted with seeds
raw green rhymes
in melodious bodies
~Terri Guillemets

Our bodies run on the fresh green fuel of the land. ~Terri Guillemets

Green leafy happiness and cherry-red life, bursting with seeds.  ~Terri Guillemets

Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. ~Hippocrates

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

Plain food is quite good enough for me. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well.  ~English Proverb

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"

Studies find top 3 most stressful moments in people's lives: death, divorce, and properly pronouncing "Worcestershire sauce."  ~Tony Hsieh

The spirit cannot endure the body when overfed, but, if underfed, the body cannot endure the spirit.  ~St Frances de Sales

The time indeed is at hand when systematic lectures on food will be part of medical education, when the value of feeding in disease is admitted to be as important as the administration of medicines. ~John Milner Fothergill

Whatsoever was the father of a disease, an ill diet was the mother.  ~George Herbert

Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what's for lunch. ~Orson Welles

Shedding late-summer tears for the end of cherry season.  Patiently and hopefully waiting for pumpkin pie season.  ~Terri Guillemets

My mom said the two most important kitchen utensils are attached to your arms... you cannot mix up meatballs with a wooden spoon, get in there, get your fingers dirty!  ~Rachael Ray, Rachel Ray Show, original airdate 25 October 2007

Just listen to your body, eat in silence and see what feels good and you will spontaneously choose the foods that are beneficial to you. ~Deepak Chopra

[Breadbaking 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, The Art of Eating

I'll bet what motivated the British to colonize so much of the world is that they were just looking for a decent meal.  ~Martha Harrison

Cooking is like love.  It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.  ~Harriet Van Horne, "Not for Jiffy Cooks," Vogue magazine, 1956

A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it.  ~Aldous Huxley

Cheese - milk's leap toward immortality.  ~Clifton Fadiman

If soup isn't hot enough to make a grown man wince, it's undrinkable.  ~Terri Guillemets

Life goes faster on protein.  ~Martin H. Fischer

Life is an onion and one cries while peeling it.  ~French Proverb

Did you ever stop to taste a carrot?  Not just eat it, but taste it?  You can't taste the beauty and energy of the earth in a Twinkie.  ~Terri Guillemets

But when the time comes that a man has had his dinner, then the true man comes to the surface.  ~Mark Twain

There is no sight on earth more appealing than the sight of a woman making dinner for someone she loves.  ~Thomas Wolfe

Soup and fish explain half the emotions of human life.  ~Sydney Smith

Don't forget that the flavors of wine and cheese depend upon the types of infecting microörganisms.  ~Martin H. Fischer

If junk food is the devil, then a sweet orange is as scripture. ~Terri Guillemets

There is no such thing as a little garlic.  ~A. Baer

Soup is liquid comfort.  ~Author Unknown

To the old saying that man built the house but woman made of it a "home" might be added the modern supplement that woman accepted cooking as a chore but man has made of it a recreation.  ~Emily Post

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

If organic farming is the natural way, shouldn't organic produce just be called "produce" and make the pesticide-laden stuff take the burden of an adjective? ~Terri Guillemets

There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is stronger than a mother's love?  The smell of spring onions on your girl's breath.  ~Four Hundred Laughs: Or, Fun Without Vulgarity, compiled and edited by John R. Kemble, 1902

I eat so poorly during the stressful part of my day I need to have a vegetable orgy for dinner just to make up for it.  ~Carrie Latet

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

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

If you plant Twinkies in your body garden, how do you expect to harvest health? ~Terri Guillemets

Great restaurants are, of course, nothing but mouth-brothels.  There is no point in going to them if one intends to keep one's belt buckled.  ~Frederic Raphael

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

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

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

My soul is dark with stormy riot,
Directly traceable to diet.
~Samuel Hoffenstein

I'm trying to eat better.  And, I do feel wise after drinking tea.  After eating vegetables, I just feel hungry.  ~Carrie Latet

A three-year-old gave this reaction to her Christmas dinner:  "I don't like the turkey, but I like the bread he ate."  ~Author Unknown

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


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