Foodish Thinking

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“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”
~ James Beard (1903-1985)

“Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture.”
~ Mark Kurlansky (2002)

“Food is the most primitive form of comfort.”
~ Sheilah Graham (1904-1988)

“Food for all is a necessity. Food should not be a merchandise, to be bought and sold like jewels. Food is a human necessity, like water and air, it should be available to all.”
~ Pearl Buck (1892-1973)

“Food, like a loving touch or a glimpse of divine power, has that ability to comfort.”
~ Norman Kolpas

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
~ Hippocrates

“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.”
~ Alan D. Wolfelt

“Food is not about impressing. It’s about making people feel comfortable.”
~ Ina Garten

“After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one’s relatives.”
~ Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


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“Cooking with LOVE provides FOOD for the SOUL.”

“Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation – experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way.”
~ Paul Theroux

“Cooking is an observation-based process that you can’t do if you’re so completely focused on a recipe.”
~ Alton Brown

“If you go back far enough in cookery, you realize that you are not an inventor, only a recreator.”
~ Michel Guerard

“Cookery is not chemistry. It is an art. It requires instinct and taste rather than exact measurements.”
~ Marcel Boulestin

“Cooking is at once one of the simplest and most gratifying of the arts, but to cook well one must love and respect food.”
~ Craig Claiborne

“Recipes can be followed, but the whys and wherefores are self-taught, tactile and gustatory sensations can be experienced but the raison d’etre and the critical standards are unknown.”

“The preparation of good food is merely another expression of art, one of the joys of civilized living.”
~ Dione Lucas

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”
~ Julia Child

“I don’t like ‘gourmet cooking’ or ‘this’ cooking or ‘that’ cooking. I like ‘good cooking.'”
~ James Beard (1903-1985)

“Good painting is like good cooking; it can be tasted, but not explained.”
~ Maurice de Vlaminck

“Happy and successful cooking doesn’t rely only on know-how; it comes from the heart, makes great demands on the palate and needs enthusiasm and a deep love of food to bring it to life.”
~ Georges Blanc

“The fact is that it takes more than ingredients and technique to cook a good meal. A good cook puts something of himself into the preparation – he cooks with enjoyment, anticipation, spontaneity, and he is willing to experiment.”
~ Pearl Bailey (1973)

“Good cooking does not depend on whether the dish is large or small, expensive or economical. If one has the art, then a piece of celery or salted cabbage can be made into a marvelous delicacy; whereas if one has not the art, not all the greatest delicacies and rarities of land, sea or sky are of any avail.”
~ Yuan Mei


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