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Quotations about Breads,
Grains, Potatoes, & Starchy Foods


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


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


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, unverified


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


Cold beer & pizza are spiritual. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, tweet, 2008, betsygarmon.com


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


[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


Bread –
fresh baking
Butter drawn
Yeast and memories
Childhood, fond
~Terri Guillemets


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


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


When I was sick, my mom would make toast. And she would always put a little too much butter, and too much jelly. And I don't like too much jelly. But it always tasted like love. And it was always the best toast I'd ever had. And it always made me feel better. ~Terri Guillemets


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


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


"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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