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Quotations about Cooking, Baking,
Recipes, Chefs, and Preparing Food

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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

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

If God had intended us to follow recipes,
He wouldn't have given us grandmothers.
~Linda Henley

[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]

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

A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch. ~James Beard

I refuse to believe that trading recipes is silly. Tuna fish casserole is at least as real as corporate stock. ~Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

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

Kissing don't last; cookery do! ~George Meredith

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

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  #bbq

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, @ravenrhapsodies, 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

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

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

Life is too short to stuff a mushroom. ~Storm Jackson

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

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

They say you're not supposed to put metal in a microwave oven. They're right. ~Steven Wright

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

I don't think a really good pie can be made without a dozen or so children peeking over your shoulder as you stoop to look in at it every little while. ~John Gould

You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces — just good from fresh ingredients. ~Julia Child

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

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

[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

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

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

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

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

A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe. ~Thomas Keller

It's so beautifully arranged on the plate — you know someone's fingers have been all over it. ~Julia Child

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