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Quotations about Breads,
Grains, Potatoes, & Starchy Foods

I do like a little bit of butter to my bread! ~A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young, 1924

The bread is sweet; mamma's hands filled it with love when she made it; the cheese is fresh, and the tea is warm. ~Jay Benson Hamilton, "How Santa Claus Made One Dollar Hold Out," 1891

I'd rather have bread and cheese with my darlings than roast turkey, cranberry sauce, and mince-pie all alone. ~Jay Benson Hamilton, "How Santa Claus Made One Dollar Hold Out," 1891

Rice is born in water and must die in wine. ~Italian proverb

Those who forget the pasta are condemned to reheat it. ~Author unknown

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

The bagel, an unsweetened doughnut with rigor mortis... ~Beatrice and Ira Freeman, 1960

A bagel is a doughnut with the sin removed. ~George Rosenbaum, as quoted by Molly O'Neill, "Bagels Are Now Fast Food, And Purists Do a Slow Boil," in The New York Times, 1993

In they drop with a click, clack, click,
Kernels so hard and yellow;
Round they whirl with a hop, skip, hop,
Each little dancing fellow.
Up they leap with a snap! crack! snap!
Tossing so light and airy;
Out they pour with a soft, swift rush,
Snowballs fit for a fairy!
~Sophia T. Newman, "Popcorn Song," in Good Housekeeping, February 1905

Corn is a necessary, silver is only a superfluity. ~Adam Smith

Bread is the warmest, kindest of words. Write it always with a capital letter, like your own name. ~Author unknown

Now, why is diagonal cutting better than cutting straight across? Because the corner of a triangularly cut slice gives you an ideal first bite. With rectangularly cut toast, you have to angle the shape into your mouth, as if you were angling a big dresser through a hall doorway: you have to catch one corner of your mouth with one corner of the toast and then slightly and carefully turn the toast, drawing the mouth open with it so that the far corner of the toast can clear; only then do you chomp down. Also, with the diagonal slice, most of the tapered bite is situated right up near the front of your mouth, where you want it to be as you begin to chew. With the rectangular slice, a cumbersome fraction is riding out of control, high on the dome of the tongue. ~Nicholson Baker, "Pants on Fire," 1986

All sorrows are less with bread. ~Miguel de Cervantes

In pizza we crust. ~Internet meme

What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow. ~A.A. Milne (1882–1956), "Lunch," Not That It Matters

Half a loaf is better than vegetables. ~Student at Brookside School, Long Island, 1966, completing the first part of the proverb as given by Candid Camera, CBS

With good bread and good coffee, a square inch of choice butter makes a breakfast. ~Maud C. Cooke, Breakfast, Dinner and Supper, 1897

In blissful oblivion the soldier lay dreaming
Of cookies and doughnuts and mother-made bread.
~Nicholas Lester (b.1842)

SPAGHETTI  From Lat. spadix, branch, or fork, and gestamen, burden. A burden for the fork. ~Charles Wayland Towne, The Foolish Dictionary, Executed by Gideon Wurdz, Master of Pholly, Doctor of Loquacious Lunacy, etc., 1904

Uncle Roger is the Shakespeare of rice:
      Shall I compare thee to an egg fry rice?
      Thou art more lovely and more nice.
~Nigel Ng ("Uncle Roger"), 2020, @mrnigelng,

Let the sky rain potatoes... ~William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor, c.1600  [V, 5, Falstaff]

They're clearly cutting back on salt. Isn't that the point of the pretzel — to have it be both salty and crunchy? Otherwise it's toast. ~The Middle, "The Wind Chimes," 2014, written by Jana Hunter and Mitch Hunter  [S5, E19, Brick]

No more turkey, but I'd like some more of the bread it ate. ~"Dennis the Menace" (Hank Ketcham)

The Sun is Low, to Say the Least,
      Although it is Well-Red;
Yet, Since it Rises in the Yeast,
      It Should be Better Bred!
~Gelett Burgess

Pizza is not just a perfect blend of ingredients but of nostalgia, which can be the richest flavor of all. ~Mike Birbiglia, The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad, 2020

Beyond the perfection of the food item itself, pizza is a Band-Aid for so many problems:
      I forgot to make dinner! Order a pizza.
      I'm lonely. Order a pizza.
      I have no utensils. Order a pizza.
~Mike Birbiglia, The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad, 2020

hot buttery toast
crisp sourdough nooks & crannies
jam receptacle
~Terri Guillemets

"While I've no gold," he whispered,
      "Love's riches shall be thine,
Though we, in a modest cottage,
      On bread and water dine."
"With love's warm flame to serve us,
      At slight expense," said she,
"We can make of bread and water
      Sweet feasts of toast and tea."
~The Tattler in Town Topics, reprinted in The Philadelphia Inquirer, 1903 April 20th

Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea. ~Maela Moore, Celestial Seasonings mug, 1990s

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