Memorable quotes about food
“Carve a ham as if you were shaving the face of a friend.” – Henri Charpentier.
“Eating an artichoke is like getting to know someone really well.” – Willi Hastings.
“Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea.” – Pythagoras.
“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.” – Galileo.
“I have read in the Marseilles newspapers that, if certain people find aïoli indigestible, it is because not enough garlic has been included in its confection.” – Richard Olney.
“Monkfish is called the poor man’s lobster. As long as people never see what it looks like whole, they love it.” – Werner Auer.
“It is proved by experience that, beyond five or six dozen, oysters certainly cease to be enjoyable.” – Grimod de la Reyniere.
“A world devoid of tomato soup, tomato sauce, sun-dried tomatoes and tomato paste is hard to visualise. How did Italians eat spaghetti before the advent of the tomato? Was there a thing such as a tomato-less Neapolitan pizza?” – Elizabeth David.
“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might as well stay home.” – James Michener.
“To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist – the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know how much oil one must mix with one’s vinegar.” – Oscar Wilde.
“The whole Mediterranean, the wine, the ships, the moonlight, the bronze men, the philosophers – all of it seems to rise in the sour, pungent taste of these black olives. A taste older than meat, older than wine. A taste as old as cold water.” – Lawrence Durrell.
“England has three sauces and three hundred and sixty religions. France has three religions and three hundred and sixty sauces.” – Francesco Caracciolo.
“Pleasure in dining is the overall feeling that comes from the different circumstances of opportunities, places, associations with things and persons which accompany the meal.” – Robert Courture.
“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea, and their faint metallic taste, … and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy, and make plans.” – Ernest Hemingway.
“How foolish is man to believe that abstaining from flesh, and eating fish, which is so much more delicate and delicious, constitutes fasting.” – Napoleon Bonaparte.
“I’ll bet that what motivated the British to colonise so much of the world was that they were just looking for a decent meal.” – Martha Harrison.