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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


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, nigelngcomedy.com


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


I love you with every pizza my heart. ~Internet meme


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


"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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