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The best General Rule for Diet that I can write, is to Eat and Drink only of such Foods—at such times,—and in such quantities—as Experience has convinced you, agree with your Constitution—and absolutely to avoid all other. ~William Kitchiner (1775–1827), "Art of Invigorating Life," The Art of Invigorating and Prolonging Life, by Food, Clothes, Air, Exercise, Wine, Sleep, &c. and Peptic Precepts, Pointing Out Agreeable and Effectual Methods to Prevent and Relieve Indigestion, and to Regulate and Strengthen the Action of the Stomach and Bowels, c.1821

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

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

Take time enough for your meals, and eat them in company whenever you can. There is no need for hurry in life—least of all when we are eating. ~Edward Everett Hale, "How to Get the Best of It," c.1892

We think fast food is equivalent to pornography, nutritionally speaking. ~Steve Elbert

High-tech tomatoes. Mysterious milk. Supersquash. Are we supposed to eat this stuff? Or is it going to eat us? ~Annita Manning

There is a lot more juice in grapefruit than meets the eye. ~Author Unknown

Sex is good, but not as good as fresh, sweet corn. ~Garrison Keillor

I would like to find a stew that will give me heartburn immediately, instead of at three o'clock in the morning. ~John Barrymore

Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables. They probably get jet-lagged, just like people. ~Elizabeth Berry

No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut. ~Channing Pollock

Do vegetarians eat animal crackers? ~Author Unknown

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

Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that's bad for you! ~Tommy Smothers

Chemicals, n: Noxious substances from which modern foods are made. ~Author Unknown

It would be nice if the Food and Drug Administration stopped issuing warnings about toxic substances and just gave me the names of one or two things still safe to eat. ~Robert Fuoss

As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it. ~Buddy Hackett

Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm. ~Ambrose Bierce

One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. ~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story

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

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

You can say this for ready-mixes — the next generation isn't going to have any trouble making pies exactly like mother used to make. ~Earl Wilson

The belly rules the mind. ~Spanish Proverb

My favorite animal is steak. ~Fran Lebowitz

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

We are all dietetic sinners; only a small percent of what we eat nourishes us; the balance goes to waste and loss of energy. ~William Osler

If only it was as easy to banish hunger by rubbing the belly as it is to masturbate. ~Diogenes the Cynic

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. ~John Gunther

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

Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat. ~Fran Lebowitz

A bagel is a doughnut with the sin removed. ~George Rosenbaum

Great eaters and great sleepers are incapable of anything else that is great. ~Henry IV of France

Anybody who believes that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach flunked geography. ~Robert Byrne

It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. ~Lewis Grizzard

In Mexico we have a word for sushi: bait. ~José Simons

I don't think America will have really made it until we have our own salad dressing. Until then we're stuck behind the French, Italians, Russians and Caesarians. ~Pat McNelis

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.
~Jonathan Swift

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.
~Linda Henley

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

Among those subjects which immediately relate to health, there is no one more important, or less regarded by individuals, than their aliment.... Nature intended that man should subsist upon the variety of bounties with which she has so liberally replenished the earth, and constituted his system in a manner suitable to partake, almost indiscriminately, of whatever is agreeable to his palate; and the injurious effects of many articles of diet are to be attributed, not so much to their peculiar nature, as to the refinements of cookery.... The gout was once a stranger in New England, but the luxury of modern days is preparing the way for a train of constitutional irregularities, which future generations can only regret, while they suffer its inflictions. To live long, live simply.... If plain animal food were taken but once a day, and men would substitute for the various ragouts, with which modern tables are so abundantly furnished, wholesome vegetables and pure water, or a weak fermented beverage... we should see health walking in the paths that are now crowded with the bloated victims of voluptuous appetite. ~"Food," The Medical Adviser, and Guide to Health and Long Life, edited by Alex. Burnett, M.D., 1824 July 24th

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

When the stomach is full the heart is glad. ~Dutch 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

Apple-tree, apple-tree, crowned with delight,
Give me your fruit for a pie if you will;—
Crusty I'll make it, and juicy and light!—
Give me your treasure to mate with my skill!
~Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron, "September," A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband with Bettina's Best Recipes, 1917

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.
~James Payn

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

Sauerkraut may be reckoned among the wholesomest foods. ~Sebastian Kneipp, Thus Shalt Thou Live: Hints and Advice for the Healthy and the Sick on a Simple and Rational Mode of Life and a Natural Method of Cure, 1889, translated from the 19th German edition  #fermented  #probiotics

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. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

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

Ripe grapes with purpling lustre shine
Where graceful droops the clinging vine.
~Phebe A. Holder, "A Song of October," in The Queries Magazine, October 1890

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

Make lunch, not war. ~Author unknown

The market is full of delights in July:
Fresh vegetables, berries, red cherries for pie!
~Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron, "July," A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband with Bettina's Best Recipes, 1917

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

Salt looks like sugar. ~Proverb  [Be careful who you trust. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Life goes faster on protein. ~Martin H. Fischer

Life is an onion and one cries while peeling it. ~French Proverb

O, the joys of nutting! The clusters hang high,
But the crook brings the branches anear...
We strip the bold clusters and set the branch free,
And deem we have all its nuts shaken;
But others pop out 'neath the leaves, we can see,
So we own we are somewhat mistaken.
~James Rigg, "Nutting Time," Wild Flower Lyrics and Other Poems, 1897

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.
~Terri Guillemets

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

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

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

Hence various trees their various fruits produce,
Some for delightful taste, and some for use.
Hence sprouting plants enrich the plain and wood,
For physic some, and some design'd for food.
~Richard Blackmore, "Wisdom of God in the Vegetable Creation," 1712

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.
~Samuel Hoffenstein

The temperature of our food is an exceedingly important consideration. We are accustomed to take it too warm, forgetful of the fact, that artificial heat destroys the muscular tone of the stomach, vitiates its secretions and its physical powers, and induces painful and dangerous diseases of the liver. Let us take, then, another hint from the children of nature, who subsist on aliment of a temperature no higher than that of their own bodies, and who are generally hardy and long-lived... ~"Food," The Medical Adviser, and Guide to Health and Long Life, edited by Alex. Burnett, M.D., 1824 July 24th  #rawfood

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

We don't like spicy food. Once we found red fang-shaped fruit among the cargo of a shipwreck. We ate it and regretted it loud and long! ~Isuna Hasekura

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

I would think wolves would prefer spicy things. It's bears that crave sweets. ~Isuna Hasekura

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.
~Oliver Goldsmith

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
~Terri Guillemets

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. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

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