Food Quotes

I am not a vegetarian for the sake of my health, but for the health of the chickens

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Having eaten kasha in Poland his entire youth, he both spiritually and physically craved this grain.

When I first met him, Isaac had been a strict vegetarian for…

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Coffee is bitter, a flavor from the forbidden and dangerous realm

Monday, October 3rd, 2011
black coffee

How strange that we acquire tastes as we grow. Babies don’t like olives, mustard, hot pepper, beer, fruits that make one pucker, or coffee. After all…

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If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world

Friday, April 30th, 2010
Athens gold

Bilbo knelt on one knee filled with sorrow. “Farewell, King under the Mountain!” he said. “This is a bitter adventure, if it must end so; and not a mountain of gold can amend it. Yet I am glad that I have shared in your perils – that has…”

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My dirt is my legacy

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Peaches are as old as China,

reserved for the first emperors

This one will be gone in a day

the pit a prize fit only for compost…

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She licked a rich chocolate batter from her spatula and told us with a smile, “That’s not part of the recipe.”

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
melted chocolate

I reveled in her humor. Spontaneous humor – such as the time she pulled a bouquet garni out of a bubbling stock and said of the used bundle of herbs, “It looks like a dead mouse,” and the time she announced, to cover for a bell that inadvertently…

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I don’t believe in twisting yourself into knots of excuses and explanations over the food you make

Saturday, August 15th, 2009
cheese puffs

Besides, such admissions only draw attention to one’s shortcomings (or self-perceived shortcomings), and make the other person think, “Yes, you’re right, this is really an awful meal!” Maybe the cat has fallen into the…

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The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook

Saturday, August 15th, 2009
Julia Child's Kitchen

No matter what was going on behind the scenes or how many times the director or Sonya asked for retakes, Julia’s humor never failed her. Hers was such a quick wit; it was smart and natural, never corny, sarcastic or strained. She…

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Lettuce is like conversation: it must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Lettuce, like most talkers, is, however, apt to run rapidly to seed. Blessed is that sort which comes to a head, and so remains, like a few people I know; growing more solid and satisfactory and tender at the same time, and whiter at the center, and crisp in their maturity. Lettuce, like conversation…

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Everything nourishes what is strong already

Friday, June 5th, 2009
budding branch

“…I wonder who first discovered the efficacy of poetry in driving away love!”

“I have been used to consider poetry as the food of love,” said Darcy.

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Phở beats the devil out of a bowl of Wheaties; this is the breakfast of champions

Monday, May 4th, 2009

I ask the young woman who brings us refills on the coffee what this wonderful soup is called, feeling like a person from San Antonio walking into a New York deli and asking what a bagel is. She opens her mouth and puffs at me. I can’t tell if it’s a word or an expression of Vietnamese…

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A clear conscience makes you very happy and contented; but a full stomach does the business quite as well, and is cheaper

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
Floris Claesz van Dyck still life

After a cup of tea (two spoonsful for each cup, and don’t let it stand more than three minutes), it says to the brain, “Now, rise, and show your strength. Be eloquent, and deep, and tender; see, with a clear eye, into Nature and into life; spread your white wings of quivering thought, and soar, a god-like spirit, over the whirling…”

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