Food

Food comes first, then morals.
    (Bertolt Brecht, “Threepenny Opera,” act 2 scene 3)

All sorrows are less with bread.
    (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.
    (Jean Brillat-Savarin)

Food, glorious food!
    (from “Oliver!”)

The first taste is with the eyes.
    (French proverb)

Goodness is a decision for the mouth to make.
    (Lu Yu, “Ch’a Ching”)

Most seafoods… should be simply threatened with heat and then celebrated with joy.
    (Jeff Smith, The Frugal Gourmet)

A man’s palate can, in time, become accustomed to anything.
    (Napoleon Bonaparte)

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
    (J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit”)

Humor keeps us alive. Humor and food. Don’t forget food. You can go a week without laughing.
    (Joss Whedon)

I am not a glutton – I am an explorer of food.
    (Irma Bombeck)

We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.
    (Epicurus)

A small garden, figs, a little cheese, and, along with this, three or four good friends – such was luxury to Epicurus.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche)

To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living.
    (Anthony Bourdain)

Did you ever stop to taste a carrot? Not just eat it, but taste it? You can’t taste the beauty and energy of the earth in a Twinkie.
    (Astrid Alauda)

He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise.
    (Henry David Thoreau)

The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.
    (Julia Child)

In today’s world, when many of yesterday’s fashionable habits are today’s misdemeanors, we should rejoice that a chocolate dessert can bring so much innocent pleasure.
    (Marcel Desaulniers)

Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea.
    (Pythagoras)

…cooking, we know, has a way of cutting through things, and to things, which have nothing to do with the kitchen. This is why it matters.
    (Nigella Lawson)

You could probably get through life without knowing how to roast a chicken, but the question is, would you want to?
    (Nigella Lawson)

There are people who strictly deprive themselves of each and every eatable, drinkable, and smokable which has in any way acquired a shady reputation. They pay this price for health. And health is all they get for it. How strange it is. It is like paying out your whole fortune for a cow that has gone dry.
    (Mark Twain)

Fish, to taste right, must swim three times: in water, in butter, and in wine.
    (Polish proverb)

Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.
    (Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential)

We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.
    (Adelle Davis)

There is not a thing that is more positive than bread.
    (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

…cooking, we know, has a way of cutting through things, and to things, which have nothing to do with the kitchen. This is why it matters.
    (Nigella Lawson, How to Be a Domestic Goddess)

You could probably get through life without knowing how to roast a chicken, but the question is, would you want to?
    (Nigella Lawson, How to Eat)

The passion of the Italian or the Italian-American population is endless for food and lore and everything about it.
    (Mario Batali)

I am not a glutton – I am an explorer of food.
    (Erma Bombeck)

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
    (Hippocrates)

I like a cook who smiles out loud when he tastes his own work.
Let God worry about your modesty; I want to see your enthusiasm.
    (Robert Farrar Capon)

Always serve too much hot fudge sauce on hot fudge sundaes.
It makes people overjoyed, and puts them in your debt.
    (Judith Olney)

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Stranger, here you will do well to tarry; here our highest good is pleasure.