Food for Thought

A listing of the quotes I’ve featured from the start of this blog (all praise ‘da Google’ by the way, for providing a seemingly endless variety of pretty pithy quotes suitable for almost any occasion). Go forth and cite!

April 11, 2010:
Life’s a banquet and most poor suckers are
starving to death!
~Auntie Mame

April 16, 2010:
Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying
of all foods; good bread with fresh butter, the
greatest of feasts!
~James Beard

April 24, 2010:
I refuse to believe that trading recipes is silly.
Tuna fish casserole is at least as real as
corporate stock.
~Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

May 2, 2010:
Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and
drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as
well as a necessity.
~Voltaire

May 8, 2010:
Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what
you like and let the food fight it out inside.
~Mark Twain

May 17,2010:
Tell me what you eat, I’ll tell you who you are.
~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

May 23, 2010:
My favorite animal is steak.
~Fran Lebowitz

May 31, 2010:
The only time to eat diet food is while you’re
waiting for the steak to cook.
~Julia Child

June 4, 2010:
Cheese – milk’s leap toward immortality.
~Clifton Paul Fadiman

June 11, 2010:
Red meat is not bad for you.
Now blue-green meat, that’s bad for you!
~Tommy Smothers

June 17, 2010:
A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.
~Author Unknown

June 20, 2010:
I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking,
sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the
day he killed himself.
~Johnny Carson

June 26, 2010:
Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody
forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had
to live on nothing but food and water.
~W. C. Fields

July 3, 2010:
I went to a restaurant that serves ‘Breakfast at
any time’. So I ordered French Toast during the
Renaissance.
~Steven Wright

July 8, 2010:
When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the
light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks
for your food and for the joy of living. If you see
no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
~Tecumseh

July 19, 2010:
When you flip anything, you really… you just have
to have the courage of your convictions.
~Julia Child

August 13, 2010:
The art of dining well is no slight art, the pleasure
not a slight pleasure.
~ Michel de Montaigne

August 25, 2010:
Food is our common ground,
a universal experience.
~James Beard

September 7, 2010:
One cannot think well, love well, sleep well,
if one has not dined well.
~Virginia Woolf

September 15, 2010:
I often take exercise.
Why only yesterday I had my breakfast in bed.
~Oscar Wilde

September 26, 2010:
We should look for someone to eat and drink with
before looking for something to eat and drink.
~Epicurus

October 6, 2010:
If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we
have at least to consider the possibility that we
have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae
on our hands.
~Douglas Adams

October 14, 2010:
A nickel will get you on the subway,
but garlic will get you a seat.
~Old New York Proverb

October 22, 2010:
The food here is terrible,
and the portions are too small.
~Woody Allen

October 29, 2010:
I feel the end approaching.
Quick, bring me my dessert, coffee and liqueur.
~Brillat-Savarin’s great aunt Pierette

November 7, 2010:
To the European, a Yankee is an American.
To an American, a Yankee is a New Englander.
To a New Englander, a Yankee is a Vermonter.
To a Vermonter, a Yankee is someone who eats
apple pie for breakfast.
And to a Vermonter who eats apple pie for
breakfast,
a Yankee is someone who eats it with a knife.
~An old Yankee joke

November 18, 2010:
The greatest dishes are very simple dishes
~Escoffier

December 7, 2010:
You better cut the pizza in four pieces because
I’m not hungry enough to eat six.
~Yogi Berra

December 20, 2010:
Firelight will not let you read fine stories; but it is
warm, and you won’t see the dust on the floor.
~An Irish Proverb

December 25, 2010:
Cast a bright light in the winter gloom.
~ Amy Dickinson

January 1, 2011:
Out of many, we are one
~Barack Obama

New Year’s Day Bonus:
If more of us valued food and cheer and song
above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
~J. R. R. Tolkien

January 8, 2011:
I love deadlines.
I like the whooshing sound they make
as they fly by.
~Douglas Adams

January 14, 2011:
If it’s not edible, it’s not food.
If it’s not wearable, it’s not fashion
~Alber Elbaz

January 20, 2011:
Slicing a warm slab of bacon is a lot like giving a
ferret a shave.
No matter how careful you are, somebody’s
going to get hurt.
~Alton Brown

January 31, 2011:
My doctor told me to stop having
intimate dinners for four;
unless there are three other people.
~Orson Welles

February 10, 2011:
Don’t be a fuddy-duddy with your hollandaise;
be bold, dunk your pretzels in it!
~ Miss Piggy

February 21, 2011:
Research tells us fourteen out of any
ten individuals likes chocolate.
~Sandra Boynton

February 28, 2011:
Aunt Voula:
What do you mean he don’t eat no meat?
[the entire room stops, in shock]
Aunt Voula:
Oh, that’s okay. I make lamb.
~My Big Fat Greek Wedding

March 13, 2011:
I seldom end up where I wanted to go,
but almost always end up where I need to be.
~Douglas Adams

March 21, 2011:
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

March 28, 2011:
It’s so beautifully arranged on the plate – you
know someone’s fingers have been all over it.
~Julia Child on Nouvelle Cuisine

April 6, 2011:
Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know. ~John Keats

April 14, 2011:
Onion rings in the car cushions do not improve with time.
~Erma Bombeck

April 20, 2011:
Eggs Benedict is genius. Its eggs covered in eggs.
I mean, come on, that person should be the president.
~Wylie Dufresne

April 28, 2011:
If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.
~Carl Sagan

May 11, 2011:
Food is not about impressing people. It’s about making them feel comfortable.
~Ina Garten

May 16, 2011:
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

May 25, 2011:
Always start out with a larger pot than what you think you need.
~Julia Child

June 6, 2011:
Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you, and be silent.
~Epictetus

June 20, 2011:
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, ‘The Anatomy of Dessert’

July 1, 2011:
You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.
~Erma Bombeck

July 10, 2011:
Memories are like mulligatawny soup in a cheap restaurant. It is best not to stir them.
~P. G. Wodehouse

July 28, 2011:
One of the delights of life is eating with friends, second to that is talking about eating. And, for an unsurpassed double whammy, there is talking about eating while you are eating with friends. ~Laurie Colwin

August 6, 2011:
If life gives you a lemon, make lemonade.
HOWEVER – if life gives you a pickle, you might as well give up, because pickle-ade is disgusting. ~Clifton J. Gray

August 12, 2011:
Life is half delicious yogurt, half crap,
and your job is to keep the plastic spoon in the yogurt. ~Scott Adams

August 22, 2011:
Vegetarianism is harmless enough,
though it is apt to fill a man with wind and self-righteousness.
~Sir Robert Hutchinson

September 1, 2011:
Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.
~Don Kardong

September 15, 2011:
Nothing helps scenery like bacon and eggs.
~Mark Twain

September 24, 2011:
It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. ~Lewis Grizzard

October 4, 2011:
The impossible often has a kind of integrity which the merely improbable lacks.
~Douglas Adams

October 10, 2011:
It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.
~P. G. Wodehouse

October 14, 2001:
Plain fresh bread, its crust shatteringly crisp.
Sweet cold butter.
There is magic in the way they come together in your mouth to make a single perfect bite.
~Ruth Reichl

October 21, 2011:
I find it harder and harder every day to live up to my blue china.
~Oscar Wilde

October 28, 2011:
Let the stoics say what they please, we do not eat for the good of living,
but because the meat is savory and the appetite is keen.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

November 4, 2011:
Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.
~Oscar Wilde

November 11, 2011:
It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.
~Douglas Adam

November 18, 2011:
It is ludicrous to read the microwave direction on the boxes of food you buy, as each one will have a disclaimer: “THIS WILL VARY WITH YOUR MICROWAVE.” Loosely translated, this means, “You’re on your own, Bernice.” ~Erma Bombeck

November 25, 2011:
Enchant, stay beautiful and graceful, but do this, eat well.
Bring the same consideration to the preparation of your
food as you devote to your appearance.
Let your dinner be a poem, like your dress. ~Charles Pierre Monselet

December 2, 2011:
Desserts are like mistresses. They are bad for you.
So if you are having one, you might as well have two.
~Chef Alain Ducasse

December 9, 2011:
A philosopher is a person who doesn’t care which side his bread is buttered on;
he knows he eats both sides anyway. ~ Dr. Joyce Brother

December 16, 2011:
A messy kitchen is a happy kitchen, and this kitchen is delirious. ~Anonymous

December 23, 2011:
Which Christmas is the most vivid to me?  It’s always the next Christmas.
~Joanne Woodward

December 30, 2011:
A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world.
~Louis Pasteur

January 6, 2012:
A recipe is not meant to be followed exactly,
it is a canvas on which you can embroider.
~Roger Vergé

January 13, 2012:
According to the Spanish proverb, four persons are wanted to make a good salad:
a spendthrift for oil, a miser for vinegar, a counsellor for salt and a madman to stir it all up. ~John Gerard

January 20, 2012:
The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in it’s evocation of innocence and delight. ~MFK Fisher

January 27, 2012:
Food is an important part of a balanced diet. ~Fran Lebowitz

February 3, 2012:
A pâté is nothing more than French meat loaf that’s had a couple of cocktails.
~Carole Cutler

February 10, 2012:
Leave the gun. Take the cannolis. ~Clemenza, in “The Godfather”

February 17, 2012:
A well made sauce will make even an elephant or a grandfather palatable.
~Grimod de la Reynière

February 24, 2012:
Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied
by a good cut of meat.  ~Fran Lebowitz

March 2, 2012:
Remember that a very good sardine is always preferable to a not that good lobster. ~Ferran Adrià

March 9, 2012:
A host at a table where a guest is obliged to ask, is a host dishonored.
~Baron Brisse

March 16, 2012:
Chef: Any cook who swears in French. ~Henry Beard and Roy McKié

March 23, 2012:
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

March 30, 2012:
*Made you look!
Septem convivium, novem convitium – (Seven’s a banquet, nine a brawl) ~Proverb

April 6, 2012:
How do they taste? They taste like more. ~H.L. Mencken

April 13, 2012:
A new British survey has revealed that 9 out of 10 people like chocolate. The tenth lies. ~Robert Paul

April 20, 2012:
Givers of great dinners know few enemies ~Unattributed

April 27, 2012:
Everything in moderation… including moderation. ~Julia Child

May 4, 2012:
Eat bad soup with a large spoon ~Persian Proverb

May 11, 2012:
A little lemon juice makes everything taste better. ~Virginia Sanborn Burleigh

May 18, 2012:
A porkchop in the kitchen is a porkchop; a porkchop in Proust is Proust. ~William Gaso

May 25, 2012:
The best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the hell out of a chicken. Bon appétit. ~Julia Child

June 1, 2012:
Chowder breathes reassurance. It steams consolation.  ~Clementine Paddleford

June 8, 2012:
As for those grapefruit and buttermilk diets, I’ll take roast chicken and dumplings.
~Hattie McDaniel

June 15, 2012:
Blood may be thicker than water, but it’s certainly not as thick as ketchup.
Nor does it go as well with French fries. ~Jarod Kintz

June 22, 2012:
If you’re afraid of butter, use cream. ~Julia Child

June 29, 2012:
Kill a cow, start a fire, the magic begins. ~Barbeque T Shirt

July 7, 2012:
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

July 12, 2012:
Nothing is too much trouble if it turns out the way it should. ~Julia Child

July 20, 2012:
Life itself is the proper binge. ~Julia Child

July 27, 2012:
How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like kleenex? ~Julia Child

August 3, 2012:
I think every woman should have a blowtorch. ~Julia Child

August 10, 2012:
One of the secrets of cooking is to learn to correct something if you can,
and bear with it if you cannot. ~Julia Child

August 17, 2012:
I hate people who are not serious about meals. It is so shallow of them.
~Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

August 24, 2012:
I am not a glutton – I am an explorer of food. ~Erma Bombeck

August 31, 2012:
A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety. ~Aesop

September 7, 2012:
No man is lonely while eating spaghetti. ~Robert Morley

September 14, 2012:
There is poetry in a pork chop to a hungry man.  ~Philip Gibbs

September 21, 2012:
Life is a shipwreck. But we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. ~Voltaire

September 28, 2012:
Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers. ~William Shakespeare

October 5, 2012:
It ain’t burnt, Rosemary, it’s blackened. ~Bunny Mathews

October 12, 2012:
Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat.  ~Fran Lebowitz

October 19, 2012:
Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself. ~Harvey Fierstein

October 26, 2012:
I like a cook who smiles out loud when he tastes his own work. Let God worry about your modesty; I want to see your enthusiasm. ~Robert Farrar Capon

November 2, 2012:
And do as adversaries do in law, strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.
~William Shakespeare

November 9, 2012:
No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing. ~Julia Child, My Life in France

November 16, 2012:
A dinner invitation, once accepted, is a sacred obligation.
If you die before the dinner takes place, your executor must attend. ~Ward McAllister

November 23, 2012:
The only real stumbling block is fear of failure.
In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude. ~Julia Child

November 30, 2012:
How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?
~Charles de Gaulle

December 7, 2012:
This is the entire quote (about working with yeast), which was just too long to place at the top o’ the blog for the week:

Ye gods! But you’re not standing around holding it by the hand all this time. No. […] [T]he dough takes care of itself. […] While you cannot speed up the process, you can slow it down at any point by setting the dough in a cooler place […] then continue where you left off, when you are ready to do so. In other words, you are the boss of that dough.
~Julia Child

December 14, 2012:
A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe.  ~Thomas Keller

December 21, 2012:
What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.
~Phyllis Diller

December 28, 2012:
Invest in what’s real. Clean as you go. Drink while you cook. Make it fun. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It will be what it will be. ~Gwyneth Paltrow

January 1, 2013:
If you want an interesting party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone. ~Robert Fulghum

January 11, 2013:
If you throw a lamb chop in the oven, what’s to keep it from getting done?
~Joan Crawford, as Crystal Allen, in ‘The Women’

January 18, 2013:
Fat gives things flavor. ~Julia Child

January 25, 2013:
Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he’s buying. ~Fran Lebowitz

February 1, 2013:
All cooking is a matter of time. In general, the more time the better. ~John Erskine

February 8, 2013:
All sorrows are less with bread. ~Miguel de Cervantes

February 15, 2013:
A diet is when you watch what you eat and wish you could eat what you watch.
~Hermione Gingold

February 22, 2013:
Aioli epitomizes the heat, the power, and the joy of the Provençal sun, but it has another virtue – it drives away flies. ~Frederic Mistral

March 1, 2013:
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. ~Nelson Mandela

March 8, 2013:
Too few people understand a really good sandwich. ~James Beard

March 15, 2013:
Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious. ~Ruth Reichl

March 22, 2013:
Cookery means…English thoroughness, French art, and Arabian hospitality; it means the knowledge of all fruits and herbs and balms and spices; it means carefulness, inventiveness, and watchfulness. ~John Ruskin

March 29, 2013:
It is good to dress in fair clothes to dine with friends. It honors your host, if you are a guest; and your guest if you are a host. And both adorn the feast, and so celebrate the gifts of the world. ~Alison Croggon

April 5, 2013:
After a full belly all is poetry. ~Frank McCourt

April 12, 2013:
The preparation of good food is merely another expression of art,
one of the joys of civilized living. ~Dione Lucas

April 21, 2013:
Cake baking has to be, however innocently, one of the great culinary scams: it implies effort, it implies domestic prowess; but believe me, it’s easy. ~ Nigella Lawson, ‘How to Be a Domestic Goddess’

April 29, 2013:
For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen. ~Douglas Adams

May 6, 2013:
Eating is really one of your indoor sports. You play three times a day, and it’s well worth while to make the game as pleasant as possible. ~Dorothy Draper

May 13, 2013:
In spite of food fads, fitness programs, and health concerns, we must never lose sight of a beautifully conceived meal. ~Julia Child

May 20, 2013:
Cooking is not about being the best or most perfect cook, but rather it is about sharing the table with family and friends. ~ Skye Gyngell, My Favorite Ingredients

May 27, 2013:
Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love. ~Craig Claiborne

June 3, 2013:
I hate people who are not serious about meals. It is so shallow of them. ~Oscar Wilde

June 10, 2013:
You don’t order an egg-salad sandwich at a Chinese restaurant.
And you don’t order the chicken piccata at Jerry’s Deli. ~Jon Cryer

June 24, 2013:
I like to have friends in the kitchen and make a big mess and use every pot in the kitchen. ~Ted Allen

July 1, 2013:
Sacred cows make the best hamburger ~Mark Twain (disputed)

July 7, 2013:…he is a heavy eater of beef. Me thinks it doth harm to his wit. ~Shakespeare

July 14, 2013:
Everything in life that’s any fun, as somebody wisely observed, is either immoral, illegal or fattening. ~P.G. Wodehouse

July 21, 2013:
Dinner at the Huntercombes possessed only two dramatic features: the wine was a farce and the food a tragedy ~Anthony Powell

July 28, 2013:
Beware of people who don’t eat; in general they are envious, foolish, or nasty. Abstinence is an anti-social virtue.  ~Grimod de la Reynière

August 4, 2013 (repeat of the first):
Life’s a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death! ~Auntie Mame

August 11, 2013:
Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea. ~ Pythagoras

August 18, 2013:
Serenely full, the epicure would say, Fate cannot harm me, I have dined today.
~
Sydney Smith

August 25, 2013:
There is a difference between dining and eating. Dining is an art. When you eat to get the most out of your meal, to please the palate, just as well as to satiate the appetite, that, my friend, is dining. ~Yuan Mei

September 1, 2013:
Yeah, where I come from, we eat our sushi cooked—medium rare.
And it’s made out of a cow. ~John Henson

September 8, 2013:
Those that say you can’t take it with you never saw our car packed for vacation.
~Author Unknown

September 15, 2013:
Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don’t deserve to eat garlic. ~ Anthony Bourdain

September 22, 2013:
Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French.
Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek.
Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good. ~Alice May Brock

September 29, 2013:
If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.
~Emile Zola

October 6, 2013:
Anyone who thinks they’re too grown up or too sophisticated to eat caramel corn, is not invited to my house for dinner ~Ruth Reichl

October 13, 2013:
Sharing our meals should be a joyful and a trustful act, rather than the cursory fulfillment of our social obligations. ~MFK Fisher

October 20, 2013:
Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off
the dessert cart. ~Erma Bombeck

October 27, 2013:
Bread, milk, and butter are of venerable antiquity.
They taste of the morning of the world ~Leigh Hunt

November 3, 2013:
I hadn’t the heart to touch my breakfast. I told Jeeves to drink it himself.
~P.G. Wodehouse

November 10, 2013:
In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.
~Yogi Berra

November 17, 2013:
There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

November 24, 2013:
It has been an unchallengeable American doctrine that cranberry sauce, a pink goo with overtones of sugared tomatoes, is a delectable necessity of the Thanksgiving board and that turkey is uneatable without it.  ~Alistair Cooke

December 1, 2013:
Nothing says The Holidays like a cheese log. ~Ellen DeGeneres

December 8, 2013:
Slicing a warm slab of bacon is a lot like giving a ferret a shave.
No matter how careful you are, somebody’s going to get hurt. ~Alton Brown

December 15, 2013:
It is ludicrous to read the microwave direction on the boxes of food you buy, as each one will have a disclaimer: THIS WILL VARY WITH YOUR MICROWAVE. Loosely translated, this means, You’re on your own, Bernice. ~Erma Bombeck

December 22, 2013:
I celebrate everyone’s religious holidays. If it’s good enough for the righteous, it’s good enough for the self-righteous, I always say. ~Bette Midler

December 29, 2013:
Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better
~Robert Redford

January 5, 2014:
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.  ~Winston Churchill

January 12, 2014:
Whoever receives friends and does not participate in the preparation of their meal does not deserve to have friends. ~ Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

January 19, 2014:
Dining is and always was a great artistic opportunity. ~Frank Lloyd Wright

January 26, 2014:
You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients. ~Julia Child

February 2, 2014:
You could probably get through life without knowing how to roast a chicken, but the question is, would you want to? ~Nigella Lawson

February 9, 2014:
Age and glasses of wine should never be counted. ~Italian Saying

February 16, 2014:
It is difficult to argue with the belly since it has no ears. ~Cato the Elder

February 23, 2014:
I look at my crammed shelves and feast with artful reflection, for no meal is good that cannot be reflected upon with pleasure. ~ MFK Fisher

March 2, 2014:
All cooks, like all great artists, must have an audience worth cooking for. ~Andre Simon

March 9, 2014:
Life is too short for self-hatred and celery sticks. ~Marilyn Wann

March 16, 2014:
I can direct breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I take pride in my kitchen,
but I’m not going to direct a movie. ~Julia Roberts

March 23, 2014:
Promises and pie crusts are made to be broken. ~Jonathan Swift

March 30, 2014:
Asparagus inspires gentle thoughts. ~Charles Lamb

April 6, 2014:
Food – taken to support life. Wine – taken to enrichen life.
Food and Wine – taken to fulfill life. ~John Kenneth Galbraith

April 13, 2014:
If variety is the spice of life, then my life must be one of the spiciest you ever heard of.
A curry of a life. ~Paul Child

April 20, 2014:
Fish, to taste right, must swim three times: in water, in butter, and in wine
~Polish Proverb

April 27, 2014:
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

May 4, 2014:
Have you heard about this great new diet? No third helpings. ~Stanley Kubrick

May 11, 2014:
First we eat, then we do everything else. ~M.F.K. Fisher

May 18, 2014:
An apple is an excellent thing — until you have tried a peach. ~George du Maurier

May 25, 2014:
All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. ~John Gunther

June 1, 2014:
If it has four legs and it’s not a table, eat it. ~Cantonese saying

June 8, 2014:
[it was] as thin as the homeopathic soup that was made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had starved to death… ~Abraham Lincoln

June 15, 2014:
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ~Albert Einstein (disputed)

June 22, 2014:
Blood may be thicker than water, but it’s certainly not as thick as ketchup.
Nor does it go as well with French fries. ~Jarod Kintz

June 29, 2014:
Humor keeps us alive. Humor and food. Don’t forget food.
You can go a week without laughing. ~Joss Whedon

July 6, 2014:
Love is like breakfast with Mildred. Who’s Mildred?
How the heck should I know? I don’t eat breakfast. ~Jarod Kintz

July 13, 2014:
I am at the moment writing a lengthy indictment against our century. When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip.
~John Kennedy Toole

July 20, 2014:
Practice noticing when life is good. ~Emi Morimoto (quoting a friend)

July 27, 2014:
A Cornish hen in the hand is only enough for one person. ~Unknown

August 3, 2014:
A good breakfast is no substitute for a large dinner. ~Chinese Proverb

August 10, 2014:
To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art. ~François de la Rochefoucauld

August 17, 2014:
What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes,
he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow. ~A.A. Milne

August 24, 2014:
This salad would taste a lot better if it were a cupcake.  ~Unknown

August 31, 2014:
I love French stuff. Mmmm, french fries. ~Denis Leary

September 7, 2014:
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

September 14, 2014:
In Seed Comes Fruit. ~Poi Dog Pondering
So… YEH, a shameless shoutout to my very favorite band. Friday’s concert at Ravinia was COLD, but magical, and I look forward to their new, next album come the spring.

September 21, 2014:
When engaged in eating, the brain should be the servant of the stomach. ~Agatha Christie

September 28, 2014:
Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.
~Julia Child

October 5, 2014:
I’m hoping to be astonished tomorrow by I don’t know what. ~Jim Harrison

October 12, 2014:
A little lemon juice makes everything taste better. ~Virginia Sanborn Burleigh

October 19, 2014:
If a messy kitchen is a happy kitchen, then this kitchen is delirious. ~Anonymous

October 26, 2014:
I’ve got to get back to the kitchen. I’m making rabbit pâté, and you won’t believe how long it takes to debone the bunnies. ~Chef Bobby, A Place at the Table: A Novel

November 2, 2014:
Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride. ~Anthony Bourdain

November 9, 2014:
My greatest strength is common sense. I’m really a standard brand – like Campbell’s tomato soup or Baker’s chocolate. ~Katharine Hepburn

November 16, 2014:
In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is strength, in water there is bacteria.
~David Auerbach

November 23, 2014:
A pâté is nothing more than French meat loaf that’s had a couple of cocktails.
~Carole Cutler

November 30, 2014:
A host at a table where a guest is obliged to ask, is a host dishonored. ~Baron Brisse

December 7, 2014:
Chef: Any cook who swears in French. ~Henry Beard and Roy McKie

December 14, 2014:
Food should be enjoyed rather than endured. ~Steve Hamilton

December 21, 2014:
You will never get out of pot or pan anything fundamentally better than what went into it. Cooking is not alchemy; there is no magic in the pot. ~Martha McCulloch-Williams

December 29, 2014:
Note: this is a repeat of a quote I first posted in 2010, but I think it more than bears repeating in these time and in this season. I hope we can all learn to live by it…

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself. ~Tecumseh

January 4, 2015:
Finn sneered at the sugar packet he’d been playing with, and put it aside. Probably because it wasn’t certified and notarized as pure organic raw cane sugar harvested from sustainable fair trade fields and presented in a thrice-recycled packet after a virgin sacrifice. ~L.A. Witt, Starstruck (Editor: yes, the man was a jerk).

January 11, 2015:
Cooking is not about being the best or most perfect cook, but rather it is about sharing the table with family and friends. ~ Skye Gyngell

January 18, 2015:
Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded. ~Yogi Berra

January 25, 2015:
I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression. ~Maya Angelou

February 1, 2015:
All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!
~Charles M. Schulz

February 8, 2015:
The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with
only a loaf of bread are three billion to one. ~Erma Bombeck

February 15, 2015:
I like a cook who smiles out loud when he tastes his own work.
Let God worry about your modesty; I want to see your enthusiasm.
~Robert Farrar Capon

February 22, 2015:
Bacon is the candy of meat. ~Kevin Taggart

March 1, 2015:
Maria Portokalos: Nicko! Don’t play with the food! When I was your age,
we didn’t have food!  ~My Big Fat Greek Wedding

March 8, 2015:
Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups:
alcohol, caffiene, sugar and fat. ~Alex Levine

March 15, 2015:
Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious. ~Ruth Reichl

March 22, 2015:
Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

March 29, 2015:
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

April 5, 2015:
The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day.
~Robert Frost

April 12, 2015:
A poet’s hope: to be, like some valley cheese, local, but prized elsewhere.
~W.H. Auden

April 19, 2015:
What I need… is a strong drink and a peer group. ~Douglas Adams

April 26, 2015:
The perils of duck hunting are great – especially for the duck. ~Walter Cronkite

May 3, 2015:
A good cook is not necessarily a good person with an even temper.
Some allowance should be made for artistic temperament.
~X. Marcel Boulestin

May 10, 2015:
I’m up to here with cool, okay? I am so amazingly cool you could keep a side of meat in me for a month. I am so hip I have difficulty seeing over my pelvis. ~Douglas Adams

May 17, 2015:
After a full belly all is poetry. ~Frank McCourt

May 24, 2015:
Proust had his madeleines; I am devastated by the scent of yeast bread rising.
~Bert Greene

May 31, 2015:
Never eat anything you can’t lift. ~Miss Piggy

June 7, 2015:
Cakes are like books: there are new ones you want to read and
old favorites you want to reread. ~Ellen Rose

June 14, 2015:
Food is a great garnish for a glass of wine ~unknown

June 21, 2015:
No chaos, no creation. Evidence: the kitchen at mealtime.
~Mason Cooley

June 28, 2015:
Ice-cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal. ~Voltaire

July 5, 2015:
We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.
~Anna Thomas

July 12, 2015:
I’d take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.
~Douglas Adams

July 19, 2015:
People who love to eat are always the best people.
~Julia Child

July 26, 2015:
Preserving was almost a mania with Mrs. Bergson….When there was nothing to preserve, she began to pickle. ~Willa Cather, ‘Death Comes for the Archbishop’

August 2, 2015:
Ethically, she couldn’t cause the suffering of any living thing. Logically, bacon cheeseburgers were delicious. ~Thomm Quackenbush

August 9, 2015:
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people,
you might better stay home. ~James A Michener

August 16, 2015:
You have to be a romantic to invest yourself, your money, and your time in cheese.
~Anthony Bourdain

August 23, 2015:
A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will’s freedom after it. ~Aldous Huxley

August 30, 2015:
A hot dog at the ball park is better than steak at the Ritz. ~Humphrey Bogart

September 6, 2015:
She felt about her zester the way some women do about a pair of spiky red shoes–a frivolous splurge, good only for parties, but oh so lovely. ~Erica Bauermeister

September 13, 2015:
Remember that a very good sardine is always preferable to a not that good lobster. ~Ferran Adria

September 20, 2015:
If you obey all the rules, you will miss all the fun. ~Katherine Hepburn

September 27, 2015:
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

October 4, 2015:
You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food. ~Paul Prudhomme

October 11, 2015:
Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon,
or good people and noble ventures. ~M.F.K. Fisher

October 18, 2015:
While the dough is rising, life goes on. ~Peter Reinhart, Brother Juniper’s Bread Book

October 25, 2015:
I’m a little more reserved in person than people expect. But I warm up quickly, like leftovers. Meatloaf, anyone? ~Jarod Kintz

November 1, 2015:
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

November 8, 2015:
Usually, one’s cooking is better than one thinks it is. ~Julia Child

November 15, 2015:
Custard:  A detestable substance produced by a malevolent conspiracy of the hen,
the cow, and the cook.  ~Ambrose Bierce

November 22, 2015:
I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.
~Henry David Thoreau

November 29, 2015:
Studies find the top 3 most stressful moments in people’s lives: death, divorce, and properly pronouncing “Worcestershire sauce.” ~Tony Hsieh

December 6, 2015:
Hell, it is well known, has no fury like a woman who wants her tea and can’t get it.
~P.G. Wodehouse

December 13, 2015:
And every day when I’ve been good, I get an orange after food.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

December 20, 2015:
If food is poetry, is not poetry also food? ~Joyce Carol Oates

January 3, 2016:
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. ~Mark Twain

January 10, 2016:
Age is not important unless you’re a cheese. ~Helen Hayes

January 17, 2016:
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

January 24, 2016:
A learning experience is one of those things that says, “You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.” ~Douglas Adams

January 31, 2016:
When you come to a fork in the road, take it. ~Yogi Berra

February 7, 2016:
Love, like a chicken salad or restaurant hash, must be taken with blind faith or it loses its flavor. ~Helen Rowland

February 14, 2016:
Waffles are just awesome bread. ~John Green

February 21, 2016:
A pork chop in the kitchen is a pork chop; a pork chop in Proust is Proust. ~William Gaso

February 28, 2016:
I did not say that this meat was tough. I just said I didn’t see the horse that usually stands outside. ~W.C. Fields

March 6, 2016:
I never eat at a restaurant that’s over a hundred feet off the ground and won’t stand still. ~Calvin Trillin

March 13, 2016:
It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens

March 20, 2016:
I don’t eat Sloppy Joes. I eat Tidy Josephs. ~Jarod Kintz

March 27, 2016:
I don’t eat between meals. I don’t snack. Well, I do eat those little fish crackers. They’re fattening, but irresistible. ~Julia Child

April 3, 2016:
There’s no better feeling in the world than a warm pizza box on your lap. ~Kevin James

April 10, 2016:
Cats are like mushrooms, only you’ll rarely ever hear me scream, “Get off my pizza!” to a pack of mushrooms. ~Jarod Kintz

April 17, 2016:
Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry
a small snake. ~W. C. Fields

April 24, 2106:
Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by
a good cut of meat. ~Fran Lebowitz

May 1, 2016:
The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
~Lucille Ball

May 8, 2016:
Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road. ~Jack Kerouac

May 15, 2016:
I drink Champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it — unless I’m thirsty. ~Lily Bollinger

May 22, 2016:
Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me. ~Audrey Hepburn

May 29, 2016:
‘Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers
~William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

June 5, 2016:
He had the look of one who had drunk the cup of life and found a dead beetle at the bottom. ~P.G. Wodehouse

June 12, 2016:
If you have a complete set of salad bowls and they all say Kool Whip on the side, you might be a redneck. ~Jeff Foxworthy

June 19, 2016:
A writing cook and a cooking writer must be bold at the desk as well as the stove.
~M.F.K. Fisher

June 26, 2016:
Never work before breakfast; if you have to work before breakfast, eat your breakfast first. ~Josh Billings

July 3, 2016:
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

July 10, 2016:
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it. ~W. C. Fields

July 17, 2016:
Well, a peach has a lovely taste and so does a mushroom, but you can’t put the two together.  ~Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

July 24, 2016:
Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad. ~Brian O’Driscoll

July 31, 2016:
New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin. ~Mark Twain

August 7, 2016:
A party without cake is just a meeting. ~Julia Child

August 14, 2016:
Nothing is too much trouble if it turns out the way it should. ~Julia Child

August 21, 2016:
Americans have more food to eat than any other people and more diets to keep them from eating it ~Yogi Berra

August 28, 2016:
You are the butter to my bread, and the breath to my life. ~Julia Child

September 4, 2016:
In the end you are the only one who can make yourself happy.
More important, it is never too late to find out how to do it. ~Ruth Reichl

September 11, 2016:
I want you to look through my collection of haute cuisine cookery books –  without, of course, creasing the pages – and find little things that we can do quickly on sticks. You know the sort of thing: tasty little morsels of the highest social calibre. ~Hyacinth Bucket

September 18, 2016:
Time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted time. ~T.S. Elliot

September 25, 2016:
Onion rings in the car cushions do not improve with time. ~Erma Bombeck

October 2, 2016:
A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe. ~Thomas Keller

October 9, 2016:
All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. ~John Gunther

October 16, 2016:
When eating fruit, remember who planted the tree; when drinking water,
remember who dug the well. ~Vietnamese proverb

October 23, 2016:
Amor, Lux, Vertitas. Sic Itur ad Astra.
“Love, Light, Truth. Such is the path to the stars.”
~Pithy Latin quote found on the back of a rather nice Oregon red wine bottle.

October 30, 2016:
…the usual should be made unusual; extraordinariness should cloak the ordinary.
~MFK Fisher

November 6, 2016:
Next to eating good dinners, a healthy man with a benevolent turn of mind,
must like, I think, to read about them. ~William Makepeace Thackeray

November 13, 2016:
Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have. ~Anthony Bourdain

November 20, 2016:
I lurched away from the table after a few hours feeling like Elvis in Vegas – fat, drugged, and completely out of it. ~Anthony Bourdain

November 27, 2016:
What you eat is like how you pray:  Your Own Business. Not to be forced on others. Worship at Burger King or Chez Panisse, depending on your tastes, wallet and personal needs… Just don’t make me go there. ~Sheila Himmel

December 4, 2016:
Be simple. Be honest. Don’t overcook and don’t undercook, but it’s better to undercook than overcook. ~James Beard

December 11, 2016:
Food for thought is no substitute for the real thing. ~Walt Kelly

December 18, 2016:
I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once. ~Anthony Bourdain

December 26, 2016:
For each new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, for everything Thy goodness sends. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

January 1, 2017:
An ounce of sauce covers a multitude of sins. ~Anthony Bourdain

January 8, 2017:
…no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.  ~Julia Child, My Life in France

January 15, 2017:
You don’t have to do everything from scratch. Nobody wants to make puff pastry!
~Ina Garten

January 22, 2017:
Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have. ~Anthony Bourdain

January 29, 2017:
Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter.
It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of,  babies – God damn it, you’ve got to be kind. ~Kurt Vonnegut

February 4, 2017:
Don’t lie about it. You made a mistake. Admit it and move on. Just don’t do it again. Ever. ~Anthony Bourdain

February 12, 2017:
Ms. Child is never bashful with butter.
~Phil Donahue

February 19, 2017:
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 Bunyar

February 26, 2017:
A man should not so much respect what he eats, as with whom he eats.
~Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

March 5, 2017:
Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe.  ~Douglas Adams

March 12, 2017:
We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly. ~Anna Thomas

March 19, 2017:
Love, like a chicken salad or restaurant hash, must be taken with blind faith or it loses its flavor. ~Helen Rowland

March 26, 2017:
Cooking is not about being the best or most perfect cook, but rather it is about sharing the table with family and friends. ~Skye Gyngell

April 2, 2017:
Best way to get rid of kitchen odors? Eat out. ~Phyllis Diller

April 9, 2017:
Sometimes the greatest meals on vacations are the ones you find when Plan A falls through. ~Anthony Bourdain

April 16, 2017:
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

April 23, 2017:
Delight in the ordinary is what makes life extraordinary. ~Asher to Jess in “Let’s Pretend We’re Married” by Edith Scott

April 30, 2017:
Vegetables are a must on a diet.  I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.  ~Jim Davis

May 21, 2017:
A recipe is a story that ends with a good meal. ~Pat Conroy

May 30, 2017:
A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs.
~Mark Twain

July 2, 2017:
Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers from which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry. ~Winston Churchill, 1937

July 15, 2017:
Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate. ~Alan D. Wolfelt

September 10, 2017:
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this. ~Henry David Thoreau

September 24, 2017:
Guys, there’s only one thing I hate more than bloggers who start sentences with ‘guys’ – and it’s those mealy-mouth hipsters who crochet codpieces and their ye-olde-sideburned friends who pickle stuff and slaughter their own gluten-free goats. ~Jill Soloway

October 8, 2017:
I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression. ~Maya Angelou

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