Culinary Love

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.  ~G.K. Chesterton

It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.  ~Lewis Grizzard

The greatest delight the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable.  I am not alone and unacknowledged.  They nod to me and I to them.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Worries go down better with soup.  ~Jewish Proverb

t is, in my view, the duty of an apple to be crisp and crunchable, but a pear should have such a texture as leads to silent consumption.  ~Edward Bunyard

Nobody seems more obsessed by diet than our anti-materialistic, otherworldly, New Age spiritual types.  But if the material world is merely illusion, an honest guru should be as content with Budweiser and bratwurst as with raw carrot juice, tofu and seaweed slime.  ~Edward Abbey

What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child?  ~Lin Yutang

A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.  ~James Beard

We plan, we toil, we suffer – in the hope of what?  A camel-load of idol’s eyes?  The title deeds of Radio City?  The empire of Asia?  A trip to the moon?  No, no, no, no.  Simply to wake just in time to smell coffee and bacon and eggs.  ~J.B. Priestly

You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars.  ~Charles Kuralt

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.  ~George Bernard Shaw, “The Revolutionist’s Handbook,” Man and Superman

I will not eat oysters.  I want my food dead – not sick, not wounded – dead.  ~Woody Allen

Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts!  ~James Beard

The inventor of soda crackers has a place in hell.  ~Martin H. Fischer

The story of barbecue is the story of America:  Settlers arrive on great unspoiled continent, discover wondrous riches, set them on fire and eat them.  ~Vince Staten

As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.  ~Joan Gussow

Training is everything.  The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.  ~Mark Twain

The woman just ahead of you at the supermarket checkout has all the delectable groceries you didn’t even know they carried.  ~Mignon McLaughlin,The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

You can tell how long a couple has been married by whether they are on their first, second or third bottle of Tobasco.  ~Bruce Bye

There is nothing better on a cold wintry day than a properly made pot pie.  ~Craig Claiborne

If soup isn’t hot enough to make a grown man wince, it’s undrinkable.  ~Grey Livingston

Food is so primal, so essential a part of our lives, often the mere sharing of recipes with strangers turns them into good friends.  That’s why I love this community.  ~Jasmine Heiler, about recipezaar.com

Happiness is a bowl of cherries and a book of poetry under a shade tree.  ~Astrid Alauda

All sorrows are less with bread.  ~Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again.  ~George Miller

When I’m at a Chinese restaurant having a hard time with chopsticks, I always hope that there’s a Chinese kid at an American restaurant somewhere who’s struggling mightily with a fork.  ~Rick Budinich

The spirit cannot endure the body when overfed, but, if underfed, the body cannot endure the spirit.  ~St Frances de Sales

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

There is no sight on earth more appealing than the sight of a woman making dinner for someone she loves.  ~Thomas Wolfe

Great restaurants are, of course, nothing but mouth-brothels.  There is no point in going to them if one intends to keep one’s belt buckled.  ~Frederic Raphael

As the days grow short, some faces grow long.  But not mine.  Every autumn, when the wind turns cold and darkness comes early, I am suddenly happy.  It’s time to start making soup again.  ~Leslie Newman

The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., “Over the Teacups,” 1891

No one can understand the truth until he drinks of coffee’s frothy goodness.  ~Sheik Abd-al-Kadir

Over second and third cups flow matters of high finance, high state, common gossip and low comedy.  [Coffee] is a social binder, a warmer of tongues, a soberer of minds, a stimulant of wit, a foiler of sleep if you want it so.  From roadside mugs to the classic demi-tasse, it is the perfect democrat.  ~Author Unknown

I believe humans get a lot done, not because we’re smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee.  ~Flash Rosenberg

Mothers are those wonderful people who can get up in the morning before the smell of coffee.  ~Author Unknown

Way too much coffee.  But if it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever.  ~David Letterman

This coffee falls into your stomach, and straightway there is a general commotion.  Ideas begin to move like the battalions of the Grand Army of the battlefield, and the battle takes place.  Things remembered arrive at full gallop, ensuing to the wind.  The light cavalry of comparisons deliver a magnificent deploying charge, the artillery of logic hurry up with their train and ammunition, the shafts of with start up like sharpshooters.  Similes arise, the paper is covered with ink; for the struggle commences and is concluded with torrents of black water, just as a battle with powder.  ~Honore de Balzac, “The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee”

Coffee, the finest organic suspension ever devised.  ~Star Trek: Voyager

I’ve just arrived in New York City.  What a place!  Just smell those skyscrapers.  Had breakfast at a little deli on Ninth Avenue.  Cheese Danish and a cup of coffee, black as a moonless night.  Hit the spot.  ~From the television show Twin Peaksby David Lynch  (Thanks, Rachel)

Deja Brew:  The feeling that you’ve had this coffee before.  ~Author Unknown

Forever:  Time it takes to brew the first pot of coffee in the morning.  ~Author Unknown

I make serious coffee – so strong it wakes up the neighbors.  ~Author Unknown

Suave molecules of Mocha stir up your blood, without causing excess heat; the organ of thought receives from it a feeling of sympathy; work becomes easier and you will sit down without distress to your principal repast which will restore your body and afford you a calm, delicious night.  ~Prince Tallyrand

Coffee in styrofoam is against my religion.  ~Betsy Cañas Garmon

You know you’ve been playing too much Nethack when you refer to coffee as a potion of sleep resistance.  ~Sweeney Todd Lundgren

Coffee and tobacco are complete repose.  ~Turkish Proverb

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.  ~T.S. Eliot

Actually, this seems to be the basic need of the human heart in nearly every great crisis – a good hot cup of coffee.  ~Alexander King

Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water.  ~The Women’s Petition Against Coffee, 1674

It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.  I bet this kind of thing does not happen to heroin addicts.  I bet that when serious heroin addicts go to purchase their heroin, they do not tolerate waiting in line while some dilettante in front of them orders a hazelnut smack-a-cino with cinnamon sprinkles.  ~Dave Barry

The voodoo priest and all his powders were as nothing compared to espresso, cappuccino, and mocha, which are stronger than all the religions of the world combined, and perhaps stronger than the human soul itself.  ~Mark Helprin,Memoir from Antproof Case, 1995

Chocolate is a perfect food, as wholesome as it is delicious, a beneficent restorer of exhausted power. it is the best friend of those engaged in literary pursuits.
– Baron Justus von Liebig

Giving chocolate to others is an intimate form of communication, a sharing of deep, dark secrets
– Milton Zelma

I don’t understand why so many “so called” chocolate lovers complain about the calories in chocolate, when all true chocoholics know that it is a vegetable. It comes from the cocoa bean, beans are veggies, ’nuff said.
– Author Unknown

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