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Quotations about Food
Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. ~Jim Davis
Chili represents your three stages of matter: solid, liquid, and eventually gas. ~Roseanne, "Don't Make Me Over," May 1992, spoken by character Dan Conner
A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat. ~Old New York Proverb
Large, naked raw carrots are acceptable as food only to those who lie in hutches eagerly awaiting Easter. ~Fran Lebowitz
It's bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children's health than the pediatrician. ~Meryl Streep
Eat little, sleep sound. ~Iranian Proverb
The greatest delight the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable. I am not alone and unacknowledged. They nod to me and I to them. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
The way you cut your meat reflects the way you live. ~Confucius
Worries go down better with soup. ~Jewish Proverb
Food is an important part of a balanced diet. ~Fran Lebowitz, Metropolitan Life, "Food for Thought and Vice Versa"
I eat merely to put food out of my mind. ~N.F. Simpson
I take a vitamin every day. It's called a steak. ~Leo Benvenuti and Steve Rudnick, Kicking & Screaming, 2005, spoken by the character Buck Weston
Dyspepsia is the remorse of a guilty stomach. ~A. Kerr
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.
Sleep 'til you're hungry, eat 'til you're sleepy. ~Author Unknown
Chowder breathes reassurance. It steams consolation. ~Clementine Paddleford
A nickel's worth of goulash beats a five dollar can of vitamines. ~Martin H. Fischer
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
If God had intended us to follow recipes,
He wouldn't have given us grandmothers.
Preserve and treat food as you would your body, remembering that in time food will be your body. ~B.W. Richardson
An empty belly is the best cook. ~Estonian Proverb
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
If we're not willing to settle for junk living, we certainly shouldn't settle for junk food. ~Sally Edwards
Rice is born in water and must die in wine. ~Italian Proverb
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
You can do a lot for your diet by eliminating foods that have mascots. ~Ted Spiker
Nobody seems more obsessed by diet than our anti-materialistic, otherworldly, New Age spiritual types. But if the material world is merely illusion, an honest guru should be as content with Budweiser and bratwurst as with raw carrot juice, tofu and seaweed slime. ~Edward Abbey
The breakfast slimes, angel food cake, doughnuts and coffee, white bread and gravy cannot build an enduring nation. ~Martin H. Fischer
Keep as near as ever you can to the first sources of supply—fruits and vegetables. ~B.W. Richardson
Hey yogurt, if you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? ~Attributed to Stephen Colbert
What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child? ~Lin Yutang
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
A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch. ~James Beard
We plan, we toil, we suffer — in the hope of what? A camel-load of idol's eyes? The title deeds of Radio City? The empire of Asia? A trip to the moon? No, no, no, no. Simply to wake just in time to smell coffee and bacon and eggs. ~J.B. Priestly
You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars. ~Charles Kuralt
I refuse to believe that trading recipes is silly. Tuna fish casserole is at least as real as corporate stock. ~Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
Hunger is the best sauce in the world. ~Cervantes
There is no love sincerer than the love of food. ~George Bernard Shaw, "The Revolutionist's Handbook," Man and Superman
He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise. ~Henry David Thoreau
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, rbrault.blogspot.com
I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead — not sick, not wounded — dead. ~Woody Allen
We load up on oat bran in the morning so we'll live forever. Then we spend the rest of the day living like there's no tomorrow. ~Lee Iacocca
Recipe: A series of step-by-step instructions for preparing ingredients you forgot to buy, in utensils you don't own, to make a dish the dog wouldn't eat. ~Author Unknown
And I find chopsticks frankly distressing. Am I alone in thinking it odd that a people ingenious enough to invent paper, gunpowder, kites and any number of other useful objects, and who have a noble history extending back 3,000 years haven't yet worked out that a pair of knitting needles is no way to capture food? ~Bill Bryson
Kissing don't last; cookery do! ~George Meredith
Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. ~Mark Twain
Cutting stalks at noontime. Perspiration drips to the earth. Know you that your bowl of rice each grain from hardship comes? ~Chang Chan-Pao
Chronic disease is a foodborne illness. We ate our way into this mess, and we must eat our way out. ~Mark Hyman
Condensed milk is wonderful. I don't see how they can get a cow to sit down on those little cans. ~Fred Allen
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 & pizza are spiritual. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, www.wildthymecreative.com (2008 tweet, @wildthyme)
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
The man with meat seeks fire. ~Nigerian Proverb
Custard: A detestable substance produced by a malevolent conspiracy of the hen, the cow, and the cook. ~Ambrose Bierce
When the belly is full, it says to the head, "Sing, fellow!" ~Arabian Proverb
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. ~Jean 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
As Ichabod jogged slowly on his way, his eye, ever open to every symptom of culinary abundance, ranged with delight over the treasures of jolly autumn. On all sides he beheld vast store of apples.... great fields of Indian corn, with its golden ears peeping from their leafy coverts, and holding out the promise of cakes and hasty-pudding; and the yellow pumpkins lying beneath them, turning up their fair round bellies to the sun, and giving ample prospects of the most luxurious of pies; and anon he passed the fragrant buckwheat fields, breathing the odour of the bee-hive, and as he beheld them, soft anticipations stole over his mind of dainty slapjacks, well buttered, and garnished with honey or treacle.... ~Washington Irving, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
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
Too few people understand a really good sandwich. ~James Beard
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
Mrs. Jakes had sent up stew and apple pie. ¶ "Oh, good," said Miss Marcy. "Stew's so comforting on a rainy day." ~Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle
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 afterwards, and two pots of tea, and then we went to bed. ~Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), 1889
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
I never had a piece of toast
Particularly long and wide,
But fell upon the sanded floor,
And always on the buttered side.
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
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
Instead of deadlines and dread, my home now smells like strawberry-apple bread and joy. I should bake more often. ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com
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
Mac and cheese, that's God's best handiwork. ~Bones, "The Glowing Bones in the Old Stone House," original airdate 2007 May 9th, spoken by the character Seeley Booth, writing credits S.Nathan, H.Hanson, K.Reichs, N.Hawley, and K.Rosenthal
[A]s hungry as the Sea,
And can digest as much...
~William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night [Context note: this is actually referring to heart/capacity for love.
Fish is the only food that is considered spoiled once it smells like what it is. ~P.J. O'Rourke
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
Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. ~Hippocrates
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
[W]henever 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
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"
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.), in The Greek Anthology, Volume IV, "Book XI: The Convivial and Satirical Epigrams," epigram 413, translated by W.R. Paton, 1918
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
Tyler turned down the candy because it would make him run slower. ~Chris Powell/Ashley Hylton, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition
We tackled the cold beef for lunch, and then we found that we had forgotten to bring any mustard. I don't think I ever in my life, before or since, felt I wanted mustard as badly as I felt I wanted it then. I don't care for mustard as a rule, and it is very seldom that I take it at all, but I would have given worlds for it then.
I don't know how many worlds there may be in the universe, but anyone who had brought me a spoonful of mustard at the precise moment could have had them all. I grow reckless like that when I want a thing and can't get it....
It cast a gloom over the boat, there being no mustard. We ate our beef in silence. ~Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), 1889
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 October 25th 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
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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
An apple is an excellent thing — until you have tried a peach. ~George du Maurier
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
Practice safe eating — always use condiments. ~Author Unknown
A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it. ~Aldous Huxley
How good one feels when one is full—how satisfied with ourselves and with the world! People who have tried it, tell me that a clear conscience makes you very happy and contended; but a full stomach does the business quite as well, and is cheaper, and more easily obtained. One feels so forgiving and generous after a substantial and well-digested meal—so noble-minded, so kindly-hearted.
It is very strange, this domination of our intellect by our digestive organs. We cannot work, we cannot think, unless our stomach wills so. It dictates to us our emotions, our passions. After eggs and bacon, it says, "Work!" After beefsteak and porter, it says, "Sleep!"....
After hot muffins, it says, "Be dull and soulless, like a beast of the field—a brainless animal, with listless eye, unlit by any ray of fancy, or of hope, or fear, or love, or life." And after brandy, taken in sufficient quantity, it says, "Now, come, fool, grin and tumble, that your fellow-men may laugh—drivel in folly, and splutter in senseless sounds, and show what a helpless ninny is poor man whose wit and will are drowned..."
We are but the veriest, sorriest slaves of our stomach. ~Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), 1889
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
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
Life goes faster on protein. ~Martin H. Fischer
Life is an onion and one cries while peeling it. ~French Proverb
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
To me pecans taste like childhood,
They fell from the family tree.
Sticky leaves, crackling branch wood
Hulling and cracking, we three—
Siblings, nuts in varied degree.
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 are tolerably acquainted with the manipulations these substances undergo at the hands of experts. ~"What We Eat," Gleason's Monthly Companion, April 1879, Vol. VIII, No. 4
I went to a restaurant that serves "breakfast anytime." So I ordered French toast during the Renaissance. ~Steven Wright
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
Homemade meals—especially mommy meals—are life's most pleasant fuel. ~Terri Guillemets
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.
If you are a human being, it's in your DNA to want bacon. ~Jan Charles, Restaurant Express, "Battle by the Beach," original airdate 2013 November 24th
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
Quotes about Spicy Foods!
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.
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
Eat Your Greens!
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
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, Arisa Hosaka, and Toshihiro Kawabata
Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~Doug Larson
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, Gosh, I probably shouldn't publish this
Verses of veggies
poems of fruit
dotted with seeds
raw green rhymes
in melodious bodies
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
Greens feed our souls, refresh our minds, and nourish our grateful bodies. ~Terri Guillemets
For happy health, fuel yourself with dreams and greens. ~Terri Guillemets
Green tastes like life, feels like energy, looks like peacefulness, smells like earth's love, sounds like vibrant health (your body listens well). Eat your greens, go wild for greens, play in green, weave green into your colorful daily existence! ~Terri Guillemets
The Poetry of Cheese
Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. ~G.K. Chesterton
Dear Lady, I beg you
To cook as you please,
But don't overlook the
Importance of cheese!
~Ruth McCrea, The ABC of Cheese Cookery, 1961
Shall I compare thee to a blue veined cheese
thou art more moldy and more curdly blue
~Barry Hopkins, "Sonnet 18⅔" (allpoetry.com/Black_Narcissus)
Don't take a chance on chili
With cheap, chunky cheese,
I tell you true,
Once you chew,
You'll get a champion wheeze...
~David L. Harrison, "Choosy"
Cheese is one food that I really adore,
Every day, I seem to eat more and more.
Why, there is Red Leicester, Gouda, Gruyere and Brie,
And mild Gorgonzola on rye is for me.
Mozzarella is simply nice on its own,
While Edam on toast, I can surely condone...
~Janna Tiearney, "Cheese Please"
The auld wife sat at her ivied door,
(Butter and eggs and a pound of cheese)
A thing she had frequently done before;
And her spectacles lay on her apron'd knees...
~Charles Stuart Calverley, "Ballad," c.1881
A furniture maker by trade, James McIntyre turned his hand to poetry in order to help others appreciate the many wonders of Canada as he viewed them. Key among them: cheese. Few could argue with his rationale; to wit, "it is no insignificant theme." ~Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras, Very Bad Poetry, 1997 [McIntyre (1827–1906) is known as The Cheese Poet.
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