Culinary Quotes

Famous culinary sayings that have inspired me throughout my journey.

Feel free to add your own too.

Cooking Quotes

“You cannot get an influence from the cuisine of a country if you don’t understand it. You’ve got to study it.” – Chef Ferran Adria

‎”This is my advice to people: Learn how to cook, try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun”-Julia Child

“Gourmandise is an impassioned, rational and habitual preference for all objects that flatter the sense of taste.” - Brillat-Savarin

Cooking is an art, but all art requires knowing something about the techniques and materials” – Nathan Myhrvold

“When you’re eating something and your palate tells you what’s missing, that’s when you start combining.” - Justin Quek

“The greatest dishes are very simple.” — Auguste Escoffier, the “Emperor of Chefs”

“Ingredients are not sacred. The art of cuisine is sacred.” – Tanith Tyrr

“Eating is sensorial. More than that, it’s about interpreting the information that your senses give you.”- Chef Andoni

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

“A home cook who relies too much on a recipe is sort of like a pilot who reads the plane’s instruction manual while flying.” – Alton Brown

“Cooking is so popular today because it’s the perfect mix of food and fun,” – Emeril Lagasse

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it” – Julia Child

“Recipes don’t work unless you use your heart! “ – Dylan Jones

“Secrets, especially with cooking, are best shared so that the cuisine lives on.” – Bo Songvisava

“First, knife skills. Then, knowing how to control heat. Most important is choosing the right product .. the rest is simple.” – Justin Quek

“These days, gastronomy is so ambiguous and abstract, journalists are moving more and more from critiquing to describing experiences”- Chef Andoni Luiz Aduriz

“In fine, the truffle is the very diamond of gastronomy.” – Jean Antheleme Brillat-Savarin

“Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” – Harriet Van Horne

“Seafood on the grill can be intimidating if you don’t know what you are doing. It’s really quite easy” – Kevin Steele

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

“Banish the onion from the kitchen and the pleasure flies with it” – Elizabeth Robbins Pennell

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

‎”When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste”- Laiko Bahrs

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

Cooking demands attention, patience, and above all, a respect for the gifts of the earth. It is a form of worship, a way of giving thanks. – Judith B. Jones

“I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.” — Erma Bombeck

“The secret of good seafood stuffing is in starting with cubes of stale bread, rather than breadcrumbs.” – Anonymous

“Anybody can make you enjoy the first bite of a dish, but only a real chef can make you enjoy the last.” – Francois Minot

‎” I think every woman should have a blowtorch.” – Julia Child

Food Quotes

“Gourmet /n./ Anyone whom, when you fail to finish something strange or revolting, remarks that it’s an acquired taste and that you’re leaving the best part.” – Anonymous

“Life itself is the proper binge.” – Julia Child

“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; Wine and tarragon make it French;Soy sauce makes it Chinese;Garlic makes it good” – Alice May Brock

“I can’t stand people that do not take food seriously.” – Oscar Wilde

“Fish, to taste right, must swim three times – in water, in butter and in wine.” —Polish proverb

“The primary requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite.” — A. J. Liebling

“A fish and chips vendor without malt vinegar is like a sushi bar without wasabi” – Anonymous

“Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.” – Michael Pollan

“A bath and a tenderloin steak. Those are the high points of a man’s life.”-Curt Siodmak

“Nouvelle Cuisine, roughly translated, means: I can’t believe I paid ninety-six dollars and I’m still hungry.” – Mike Kalin

“Beware of complimentary pâtés served before dinner. It can kill one’s appetite, especially if it and the restaurant’s bread is good.” – Anonymous

“The devil came to me last night and asked what I wanted in exchange for my soul. I still can’t believe I said pizza. Friggin’ cravings.” — Marc Ostroff.

“If it has four legs and it’s not a table, eat it.” — Cantonese saying.

“Don’t rely on your stomach to tell you when you’re full. It can lie,” – Dr Wansink, Cornell University

“The only two things I don’t eat for breakfast are lunch and dinner.” – Author unknown

“How can I govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?”-Charles De Gaulle

“Give a man food, and he can eat for a day. Give a man a job, and he can only eat for 30 minutes on break.” — Lev L. Spiro

‎”A well-made loaf of French bread will leave a thousand crumbs strewn across the table.” – Anonymous

“Never work before breakfast; if you have to work before breakfast, eat your breakfast first.” — Josh Billings

“The aroma of good chili should generate rapture akin to a lover’s kiss.” – Motto of the Chili Appreciation Society International

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” – Jim Davis

“Almost all fish taste better with the skin on and the bones in.” – Anonymous

“All sorrows are less with bread.” -Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

“The last bite of a well-made sandwich will still include all of the main ingredients between the bread in the last bite.” – Anonymous

“Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.” – Voltaire

‎”You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.”- Ronald Reagan

‎”No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut.” -Channing Pollock

Dessert Quotes

“I don’t cry over spilt milk, but a fallen scoop of ice cream is enough to ruin my whole day.” -Terri Guillemets

” Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” -Ernestine Ulmer

“Cookies are made of butter and love.” – Norwegian Proverb

“If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” — Julia Child

“Strength is the ability to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands and then eat just one of those pieces” – Judith Viorst

“There’s nothing sexier than a poached pear with a perfect sorbet.”-
Lisa Hershey, The Art of the Plated Dessert

“It is impossible to cut through a piece of well-made baklava with a knife and fork, so you may as well eat it one layer at a time.” - Anonymous

“A chocolate in the mouth is worth two on the plate. ” - Anonymous

“There’s nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with Chocolate” – Linda Grayson

“Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world’s perfect food.” – Michael Levine, as quoted in The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars

“Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.” -Don Kardong

“Once in a young lifetime one should be allowed to have as much sweetness as one can possibly want and hold.” – Judith Olney

“Chocolate is the food of gods. And it’s meant to be eaten raw.” – Anonymous

Drinks Quotes

“Age and glasses of wine should never be counted” – Italian quote

“Happiness is finding three olives in your martini when you’re hungry.” — Johnny Carson

“Red wine with fish. That should have told me something.” – Sean Connery in From Russia with Love

“A man who was fond of wine was offered some grapes at dessert after dinner. “Much obliged,” said he, pushing the plate aside; “I am not accustomed to take my wine in pills.” – Brillat Savarin

“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is strength, in water there is bacteria.” — David Auerbach, film director

“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music out of doors, played by somebody I do not know.” — John Keats.

“One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.” — Samuel Johnson.

“Alcohol is a misunderstood vitamin.” — P.G. Wodehouse.

“Just as wine, a coffee blended from several kinds of beans will always have more interesting flavors than one that’s all from one kind” – Anonymous

‎”Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon, or good people and noble ventures.” – M. F. K. Fisher

  • http://www.guestaurant.com Marco Donzelli

    Fish smells bad from the head…this is also a “methaphore” for life situations.
    Very well-known quote in southern Italy

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  • http://www.culinarymadness.webs.com Matt Clark

    Great stuff…. here’s a more humerous blog for all the kitchen members out there….
    You know you’re a chef when…..
    http://www.inmycommunity.com.au/news-and-views/blogs/post/You-know-Youre-a-Chef-When/783/

  • http://www.hungrypassport.com Carol Penn-Romine

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

  • Mahum

    A chef’s hat is tall and balloons at the top so as to counteract the intense heat in the kitchen. The unique shape allows air to circulate around the scalp, keeping the head cool. – unknown