Cooking Quotes

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A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness. - Elsa Schiaparelli quote.
A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.

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Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.

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Cantonese will eat anything in the sky but airplanes, anything in the sea but submarines, and anything with four legs but the table.

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Beauty is in the eyes and mind of the eater. Even if the salmon has been dropped on linoleum, it comes up smiling. Let the guests remain in equally smiling ignorance.
Cooking, like unrequited love, is all in the mind. Once a girl has decided her ex boyfriend is a fat slob, she can forget all about him. It is just the same with burned cakes.
Nobody can cook as well as mother.

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When microwave ovens didn't exist . . . did people sit around [in an emotional vacuum] saying, "Heat is so boring. I wish I could bombard a potato with mutant intergalactic energy?"
As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.
Today's restaurant is theater on a grand scale.
Murder is commoner among cooks than among members of any other profession. - Wystan Auden quote.
Murder is commoner among cooks than among members of any other profession.
There has always been a food processor in the kitchen. But once upon a time she was. . . called the missus, or Mom.
Cookery is become an art, a noble science; cooks are gentlemen. - Robert Burton quote.
Cookery is become an art, a noble science; cooks are gentlemen.
The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks. - Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton quote.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
Kissing don't last: cookery do! - George Meredith quote.
Kissing don't last: cookery do!
There are few virtues a man can possess more erotic than culinary skill. - Isabel Allende quote.
There are few virtues a man can possess more erotic than culinary skill.
My definition of man is "a cooking animal." - James Boswell quote.
My definition of man is "a cooking animal."
James Boswell The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson

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The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star.
Cooking should never be frantic or angry or rushed because the most important ingredient is the spirit.
Noncooks think it's silly to invest two hours' work in two minutes' enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, well, so is the ballet. - Julia Child quote.
Noncooks think it's silly to invest two hours' work in two minutes' enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, well, so is the ballet.
In France cooking is a serious art form and a national sport. - Julia Child quote.
In France cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.
Cookbooks bear the same relation to real books that microwave food bears to your grandmother's.
No one who cooks cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.
Laurie Colwin Moving On: Creating Your House of Belonging with Simple Abundance
Pornography and cooking shows have created two new spectator sports.
A cook, when I dine, seems to me a divine being, who from the depths of his kitchen rules the human race. One considers him as a minister of heaven, because his kitchen is a temple, in which his ovens are the altar.
Don't run away with the idea that it is easy to cook simply.  It requires a long apprenticeship.
The true cook...is the perfect blend, the only perfect blend, of artist and philosopher. He knows his worth: he holds in his  palm the happiness of mankind, the welfare of generations yet unborn. - George Norman Douglas quote.
The true cook...is the perfect blend, the only perfect blend, of artist and philosopher. He knows his worth: he holds in his  palm the happiness of mankind, the welfare of generations yet unborn.
To cook, and to do it well, every talent must be used; the strength of a prize-fighter, the imagination of a poet, the brain of an empire builder, the patience of Job, the eye and the touch of an artist, and, to turn your mistakes into edible assets, the cleverness of a politician.
Anne Ellis Plain Anne Ellis: More About the Life of an Ordinary Woman
A clever cook can make ... good meat of a whetstone. - Erasmus quote.
A clever cook can make ... good meat of a whetstone.
Erasmus The Horizon Cookbook: An Illustrated History of Eating and Drinking Through the Ages
Progress in civilization has been accompanied by progress in cookery.
Cooking may be as much a means of self-expression as any of the arts.
We may live without poetry, music and art;
We may live without conscience, and live without heart;
We may live without friends; we may live without books;
But civilized man cannot live without cooks. - Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton quote.
We may live without poetry, music and art;
We may live without conscience, and live without heart;
We may live without friends; we may live without books;
But civilized man cannot live without cooks.
The qualities of an exceptional cook are akin to those of a successful tightrope-walker: an abiding passion for the task, courage to go out on a limb and an impeccable sense of balance.
I cannot conceive of cooking for friends or family, under reasonable conditions, as being a chore. - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings quote.
I cannot conceive of cooking for friends or family, under reasonable conditions, as being a chore.
Cooks are in some ways very much like actors; they must be fit and strong, since acting and cooking are two of the most exacting professions.
Broth is the foundation of Cookery.
Cooking is like love.  It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.
A cook is creative, marrying ingredients in the way a poet marries words.
There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves. - Thomas Wolfe quote.
There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves.
Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the lap of our cooks. - Lin Yutang quote.
Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the lap of our cooks.
Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French.  Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek.  Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good.

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If ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there were enough tarragon around.

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In Europe, spices were the jewels and furs and brocades of the kitchen and the still-room.

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The only really good vegetable is Tabasco sauce.  Put Tabasco sauce in everything.  Tabasco sauce is to bachelor cooking what forgiveness is to sin. - P. J. O'Rourke quote.
The only really good vegetable is Tabasco sauce.  Put Tabasco sauce in everything.  Tabasco sauce is to bachelor cooking what forgiveness is to sin.