Food Quotes

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To eat is human, to digest, divine.


You're thinking I'm one of those wise-ass California vegetarians who is going to tell you that eating a few strips of bacon is bad for your health. I'm not. I say it's a free country and you should be able to kill yourself at any rate you choose, as long as your cold dead body is not blocking my driveway.

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My mouth is a happy place.
Food comes first, then morals.
An army marches on its stomach.
Life itself is the proper binge.


Never eat more than you can lift.
— Miss Piggy’s Guide to Life, as told to Henry Beard
And ye shall eat the fat of the land.
— Genesis 45:18


You should eat to live; not live to eat.
Whatever will satisfy hunger is good food.
— Chinese proverb

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We never repent of having eaten too little.
Food is the most primitive form of comfort.


What you eat today walks and talks tomorrow.
Food is an important part of a balanced diet.
I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead.
The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

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Food, sex, and liquor create their own appetite.

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There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
Food is our common ground, a universal experience.
'Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.
For its merit, I will knight it and make it sir-loin.
In a strange city, I connect through food and fantasy.
Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.


There's someone at every party who eats all the celery.
A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.


All people use food for more reasons than mere nutrition.
What is food to one person may be bitter poison to others.
The first thing I remember liking that liked me back was food.
As for butter versus margarine I trust cows more than chemists.
The worst vice of the solitary [man] is the worship of his food.
No man is lonely eating spaghetti; it requires so much attention.
The Chinese do not draw any distinction between food and medicine.
Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.
If you are surprised at the number of our maladies, count our cooks.


We think fast food is equivalent to pornography, nutritionally speaking.
It's a very odd thing–
As odd as can be–
That whatever Miss T. eats
Turns into Miss T.
The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a star.
To safeguard one's health at the cost of too strict a diet is a tiresome illness indeed.
In Europe, spices were the jewels and furs and brocades of the kitchen and the still-room.


Men are so imprudent that they take up a diet which, though it tastes sweet, is poisonous.
At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
If ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there were enough tarragon around.


The older the problem, the older the solution. How to eat well is one of the oldest problems.
Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.
Preserve and treat food as you would your body, remembering that in time food will be your body.
Food became, for dinner parties in the sixties, what abstract expressionism had been in the fifties.
Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.
The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.
He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise.
Life, within doors, has few pleasanter prospects than a neatly-arranged and well-provisioned breakfast-table.
There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last.


I doubt whether the world holds for any one a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice-cream.
My real guilty pleasure — my really disgusting, shameful pleasure — is the mac and cheese at Popeye's fried chicken.
All food starting with p is comfort food, I thought: pasta, potato chips, pretzels, peanut butter, pastrami, pizza, pastry.
When I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it.
Food is the beginning of wisdom.  The first condition of putting anything into your head and heart is to put something into your stomach.
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.
Food = joy.  Food = guilt.  Food = anger.  Food = pain.  Food = nurturing.  Food = friendship.  Food = hatred.  Food = the way you look and feel.
Avoid food products containing ingredients that are A) Unfamiliar, B) Unpronounceable C) More than five in number, or that include D) high-fructose corn syrup.

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Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food. . . . Don't eat anything with more than five ingredients, or ingredients you can't pronounce.
Clearly, some time ago makers and consumers of American junk food passed jointly through some kind of sensibility barrier in the endless quest for new taste sensations.
It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others.
My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them.

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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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You are what you eat eats too. That is, the diet of the animals we eat has a bearing on the nutritional quality, and healthfulness, of the food itself, whether it is meat or milk or eggs.

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Food has it over sex for variety.  Hedonistically, gustatory possibilities are much broader than copulatory ones. Literarily, reading about food is more interesting than reading about sex.
As somebody who spent 30 years as a chef, of course I'm going to be resistant to the notion that there's any replacement for the texture and musculature and funk of real meat. It doesn't fill me with joy.
Food for all is a necessity.  Food should not be a merchandise, to be bought and sold as jewels are bought and sold by those who have the money to buy.  Food is a human necessity, like water and air, and it should be as available.
There's a rule for proper
in the dinner-eaters lore:
one should stop the filling process
while one still has room for more.
And if someone at the table
had reminded me before -
Hallelujah! I'd be able
to absorb a little more.
Food imaginatively and lovingly prepared, and eaten in good company, warms the being with something more than the mere intake of calories.  I cannot conceive of cooking for friends or family, under reasonable conditions, as being a chore.
Eating with the fullest pleasure—pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance—is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience and celebrate our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living from mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend.
Hunger makes you restless. You dream about food—not just any food, but perfect food, the best food, magical meals, famous and awe-inspiring, the one piece of meat, the exact taste of buttery corn, tomatoes so ripe they split and sweeten the air, beans so crisp they snap between the teeth, gravy like mother's milk singing to your bloodstream.