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Quotations about Cooking, Baking,
Grilling, Recipes, Chefs, Cooks, etc.



The universe would be nothing were it not for life, and all that lives must be fed. ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste; or, Transcendental Gastronomy, 1825, translated by Fayette Robinson, 1854


When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste. ~Laiko Bahrs, unverified


[G]astronomy was the only science which he revered as a dogma. ~Edith Wharton, "The Eyes," Tales of Men and Ghosts, 1910


Cooking... It's something you do every day. You might as well have a good time. ~Mary Solaro, 1969


A good cook sees the Big Picture of how symptoms develop, then seasons liberally with prevention. An even better cook serves up whole foods with a healthy sense of humor. The best of cooks knows that we're all in this mess together. We need to help each other find what's most nourishing and healing, not only for our personal ails, but for the planet, too — planetary chefs! ~Kristina Turner, The Self-Healing Cookbook, 2002, originally published 1987  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


It's on the edge of your knife. It's at rest, in the core of your wooden spoon. Waiting for you to stir. It dances on the curly edges of the kale. Then, bubbles in the pot. And, it's in you. The elusive spark that heals. ~Kristina Turner, creative resilience coach and author of The Self-Healing Cookbook, kristinaturner.com


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"


If they like it, it serves four; otherwise, six. ~Elsie Zussman, 1974


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, @AdamWPeterson, tweet, 2011


Why make trouble when you can make pizza? ~Keith Wynn, tweet, 2020


The discovery of a new dish confers more happiness on humanity, than the discovery of a new star. ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste; or, Transcendental Gastronomy, 1825, translated by Fayette Robinson, 1854


The fact that raising any oil to a temperature high enough to brown it, decomposes it and produces a poisonous acid — a powerful irritant — is one of the best known to science. ~Evora Bucknum Perkins, The Laurel Health Cookery, 1911


Broasted free-range fennel shootlets with modules of prawn... ~Dave Barry, Dave Barry Turns 50, 1998, davebarry.com


Janet... is one of those delightful, old-fashioned cooks who don't care a bit if they ruin your digestion as long as they can give you feasts of fat things. ~L. M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island, 1915


Instead of deadlines and dread, my home now smells like strawberry-apple bread and joy. I should bake more often. ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com


Make lunch, not war. ~Author unknown


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


Any one can give a taste to food by adding condiments and flavorings, but to develop the flavors of the foods themselves is an art. ~Anonymous


Plain Sewing and Cooking are so old-fashioned that they are fast becoming new Fads. ~Minna Thomas Antrim (1861–1950), Don'ts for Bachelors and Old Maids, 1908


The day is past when women want to spend hours and hours in the kitchen. They like to get out and do things. ~Mary Solaro, 1969


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


Serve... shaken (not stirred)... ~Evora Bucknum Perkins, The Laurel Health Cookery, 1911  [No, it's not about martinis but cream in green beans. —tg]


Shake the vessels instead of stirring. ~Evora Bucknum Perkins, The Laurel Health Cookery, 1911  [when cooking fruits, legumes, etc. so that they don't stick and scorch —tg]


It is in an old kitchen that the best food is made. ~French proverb


If you are single, get married on Thanksgiving Day so you can insist upon eating out on your anniversary. ~Phyllis Diller, "How To Reconcile the Bank Statement and Your Husband And Other Ugly Problems: What Dr. Brothers Doesn't Tell You," Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints, 1966


And as for woman, did God not clearly make her a cook, with art in her brains, to create delicious foods? ~Edward Payson Powell (1833–1915), "An Old-Time Thanksgiving," 1904


Sometimes the only successful apology will have to involve baking. ~Dr. SunWolf, 2017 January 9th tweet, professorsunwolf.com


Food should be prepared with simplicity, yet with a nicety which will invite the appetite. ~Ellen Gould White (1827–1915)


Homemade meals — especially mommy meals — are life's most pleasant fuel. ~Terri Guillemets


Lemon cups, having a slice cut off from the ends so that they will stand, may be used for mayonnaise or small servings of salad. ~Evora Bucknum Perkins, The Laurel Health Cookery, 1911  [great environmental tip for avoiding plastic! —tg]


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


A chef's two best friends are salt and praise. ~Terri Guillemets





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