Cooking Quotes

Most popular cooking quotes

Kissing don't last: cookery do!
Nobody can cook as well as mother.


Broth is the foundation of Cookery.
My definition of man is "a cooking animal."

mankind man the animal

Today's restaurant is theater on a grand scale.
A clever cook can make ... good meat of a whetstone.
A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.


In France cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.
Cookery is become an art, a noble science; cooks are gentlemen.
As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.
Pornography and cooking shows have created two new spectator sports.
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.
Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the lap of our cooks.
There are few virtues a man can possess more erotic than culinary skill.
A cook is creative, marrying ingredients in the way a poet marries words.
Murder is commoner among cooks than among members of any other profession.
Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.


Cooking is like love.  It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.
In Europe, spices were the jewels and furs and brocades of the kitchen and the still-room.


The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star.
If ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there were enough tarragon around.


Cookbooks bear the same relation to real books that microwave food bears to your grandmother's.
The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star.
Don't run away with the idea that it is easy to cook simply.  It requires a long apprenticeship.
I cannot conceive of cooking for friends or family, under reasonable conditions, as being a chore.
We may live without friends; we may live without books. But civilized men cannot live without cooks.
Cooking should never be frantic or angry or rushed because the most important ingredient is the spirit.
There has always been a food processor in the kitchen. But once upon a time she was. . . called the missus, or Mom.
There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves.
Cantonese will eat anything in the sky but airplanes, anything in the sea but submarines, and anything with four legs but the table.


Noncooks think it's silly to invest two hours' work in two minutes' enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, well, so is the ballet.
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.
The only really good vegetable is Tabasco sauce.  Put Tabasco sauce in everything.  Tabasco sauce is to bachelor cooking what forgiveness is to sin.
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.
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?"
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.
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.


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.
The true 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.
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.
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.
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.