Food Quotations

This is my personal collection of food quotations I have assembled, from books I read and people I meet.

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Some Food Quotations I like:

We pay extra for good quality strawberries. The price we pay affects the taste of the strawberries, the nutritional content of the strawberries and the ethical conditions in which they were grown. With food, you get what you pay for. Food isn't incidental. It becomes part of what you are. It is the single most important factor determining how long you will live. So buy one less cardigan a year! Good quality food is worth investing those few extra cents in.---Richard Reed, co-founder Innocent Smoothies. (I couldn't agree more Richard!)

It is essential that the public, both in the industrial and the developing countries, appreciate the full measure of the dangers of diabetes. It is the por and the marginalised in our societies who are maimed and killed by this eminently treatable disease.---Ismail Serageldin

But gradually the earth grew warmer and the ice retreated to the high mountains, and people ----who by now were much like us ---- learnt, with the warmth, to plant grasses and then grind the seeds to make a paste which they could bake in the fire, and this was bread. ----E. H. Gombrich, art historian.

The class of citizens who provide at once their own food and their own raiment, may be viewed as the most truly independent and happy. ---James Madison, U.S. President. (Growing your own has always been equated with contentment and is fast becoming de riguer once more!)

It's linked to the new poverty....England is one of the richest countries in the world. The people I'm talking about have enormous televisions - a lot bigger than my own - the latest in mobile phones, cars and they go and get drunk in pubs at the weekend....Their poverty shows in the way they feed themselves.--- Jamie Oliver, criticising the disappearance of a good food culture in Britain.

I found the cooking of the inhabitants of the slum in Soweto in South Africa a lot more diverse than ours.---Jamie Oliver

Cooking is the ultimate giving! ---Jamie Oliver

Mother Nature is the true artist and we are just the cooks. ---Marco Pierre White

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. So it happens that 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 ... and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied ... and it is all one. ----M.F.K. Fisher, writer and food expert.

Cook from your heart so that you may eat the food of love.---Deb Davies, holistic chef.

New York is full of abandoned churches. A Godless city, but full of superstitions on every subject—art, money, sex, food, health. ----Mason Cooley, aphorist. (Cooley describes very well the way health food fads are followed, almost like religious beliefs in the affluent world.)

My mother made me eat broccoli. I hate broccoli. I am the President of the United States. I will not eat any more broccoli. ---George Bush, U.S. President (A bad case of 'the terrible twos'!)

Upscale people are fixated with food simply because they are now able to eat so much of it without getting fat, and the reason they don't get fat is that they maintain a profligate level of calorie expenditure. The very same people whose evenings begin with melted goat's cheese ... get up at dawn to run, break for a mid-morning aerobics class, and watch the evening news while racing on a stationary bicycle. ---Barbara Ehrenreich, author.

To safeguard one's health at the cost of too strict a diet is a tiresome illness indeed.

----Francois de la Rochefoucald, French aphorist.

I have the simplest of tastes----I want only the best! ----- Oscar Wilde, writer.

And, indeed, is there not something holy about a great kitchen?... The scoured gleam of row upon row of metal vessels dangling from hooks or reposing on their shelves till needed with the air of so many chalices waiting for the celebration of the sacrament of food. And the range like an altar, yes, before which my mother bowed in perpetual homage, a fringe of sweat upon her upper lip and the fire glowing in her cheeks.---Angela Carter,novelist.

You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands. You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.--The Bible

What we need is a revolution in values, making us more willing to pay a just price, a proper price for food and to relish it more. If we valued it more highly, we would use it more wisely and we would be willing to pay peasants in the third world, the prices they are entitled to be paid for what they produce.----Oxford historian and author Felipe Fernandez-Armesto (I agree with Armesto's general thesis about the damage that has been done to food quality and to the world economy, by the enforcement of falsely cheap food prices by governments, in the First World, since the end of World War II.)

But at the very instant when the mouthful of tea mixed with cake-crumbs touched my palate, I quivered, attentive to the extraordinary thing that was happening in me. A delicious pleasure had invaded me, isolated me, without my having any notion as to its cause. It had immediately made the vicissitudes of life unimportant to me, its disasters innocuous, its brevity illusory, acting in the same way that love acts,* by filling me with a precious essence: or rather this essence was not in me, it was me. I had ceased to feel I was mediocre, contingent, mortal.---Marcel Proust. (This is the famous madeleine moment, describing how food is like a magical time-machine!)

Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.--historical theorist, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

In America we eat, collectively, with a glum urge for food to fill us. We are ignorant of flavour. We are as a nation taste-blind.---M.F.K. Fisher, U.S. food writer

Your bodies are amazing! They can feed babies!---Jack Nicholson to Cher in the film, The Witches of Eastwick. (And amazing it is too, and why we should wish to abandon nature's wizardry in this regard is a mystery to me!)

Feed sparingly and defy the physician.---James Howell

Food is better medicine than drugs ---Patrick Holford

Kids are without a doubt the most suspicious diners in the world. They will eat mud (raw or baked) rocks, paste, crayons, ball-point pens, moving goldfish, cigarette butts, and cat food. Try to coax a little beef stew into their mouths and they look at you like a puppy when you stand over him with the Sunday paper rolled up.--Ermma Bombeck, author.

A headache is a message from the stomach to the brain saying, "Don't send down any more garbage!"---Philip Yourdan

In a strange city, I connect through food and fantasy.---Mason Cooley, U.S. aphorist

There's a certain hollowness and monoculture in everything, from how we produce our food to the way we get our information.----Jeff Foucalt, U.S. singer-songwriter

Technological innovation has done great damage ... to eating habits. Food is now available in such unpleasant forms that one frequently finds smoking between courses to be an aid to digestion.---Fran Lebowitz, U.S. humorist.

Regard thy table as the table before the Lord. Chew well, and hurry not.---Zohar (Like many spiritual customs, this one proves to be based on practical common sense, and Zohar's words are oft repeated by modern-day nutritionists, our new priests and priestesses!)

If you can organise your kitchen, you can organise your life! ----Louis Parrish

Food probably has a very great influence on the condition of men. Wine exercises a more visible influence, food does it more slowly but perhaps just as surely. Who knows if a well-prepared soup was not responsible for the pneumatic pump or a poor one for a war?---G.C. Lichtenberg, German philosopher.

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

Food has always held communities together, whether in the preparation and eating, or in the careful sourcing that guarantees a livelihood to local producers, good food to the consumer and a balanced economy. ---Dennis Cotter, Irish restaurateur and vegetarian chef supreme.

The longer it takes you to select a cantaloupe, the worse it is!---Kin Hubbard (I agree with Hubbard. And how often I see shoppers pondering fruit and vegetables deeply as they vacillate on whether to buy. I think this is generally an indication of how bad the quality of the produce is. In fact, fresh fruit as nature intended it, is irresistable and doesn't take thinking about. If the cantaloupe is good, you don't have to look twice at it.)

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon, or not at all! Harriet van Horne

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.---Dorothy Allison, author.

If you wish to grow thinner, diminish your dinner.---Henry Sambrooke Leigh

Food first, then morality.----Bertolt Brecht, playwright.

Fizzle Sticks----I can still taste them in my mind's tongue.----texter to a Dublin radio show, recalling the tastes of his childhood.

Early on, we equate being a good parent with how we feed our children. You're a "good mother" if you feed your kid food that is healthy.--Goldie Alfasi, U.S. psychologist

Virtue, like wholesome food, is better than poisons, however corrected. David Hume,Scottish philosopher. (Hume's observation could be applied to the myriad of so-called functional foods' that are now big profit-makers for the food industry----for example yogurt with bacteria added in, that should never have been removed, or butter-spreads with plant extracts when we should just be eating the plants, and bread with folic acid added in when if we ate wholesome, organic wholemeal bread it would contain natural folic acid. If we the food industry stopped destroying our food in its production process, all these artificial add-ins would not be necessary and I am not ocnvinced of their worth.)

Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.---Samuel Pepys, British diarist. (From the cave-people's campfires to our life today, plus ca change....!)

I am surprised that very intelligent, sensitive, artistic people that I know, eat foie gras, lobster and veal. -----Michael Mortell, Irish fashion designer

We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine gun.---George Orwell, British author

Arguably the only goods people need these days are food and nappies.---Terence Conran, British designer

The body never lies. ---legendary dancer Martha Graham (Listen to your body's wisdom and you will always know what to eat to stay healthy.)

A man may esteem himself happy when that which is his food is also his medicine.---- Henry David Thoreau, U.S. writer. (Looks like Thoreau and Martha Graham are in agreement!)

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Blessings on your table!

The Good Food Angel.


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