Culinary Quotes Archive

This is a collection of quotes about food by people familiar to the culinary world and not.

To be poor does not mean you lack the means to

“To be poor does not mean you lack the means to extend charity to another. You may lack money or food, but you have the gift of friendship to overwhelm the loneliness that grips the lives of so many.”

Stanley Hauerwas

I like to say ‘Chop suey’s the biggest culinary joke

“I like to say, ‘Chop suey’s the biggest culinary joke that one culture has ever played on another,’ because chop suey, if you translate into Chinese, means ‘tsap sui,’ which, if you translate back, means ‘odds and ends.'”

Jennifer Lee

Sharing food has always had a central place in

“Sharing food has always had a central place in civilized societies; it’s no accident that so many of our cultural, religious and patriotic rituals are involved with eating.”

Ruth Reichl

I think the biggest thing is clean as you go

“I think the biggest thing is clean as you go. Wash all your knives, cutting boards, dishes, when you are done cooking, not look at a sink full of dishes after you are done. Cleaning as you go helps keep away cross contamination and you avoid having food borne bacteria.”

Cat Cora

I am much more interested in the process

“I am much more interested in the process than results.”

Ted Allen

The sweetest thing we ever had was like

“The sweetest thing we ever had was, like, animal crackers in the pantry. I think my parents sort of passively made sure that we didn’t have a lot of junk food at our disposal, and I think that helped me and all my siblings growing up with how to approach nutrition and eating right.”

Andrew Luck

Nobody in Singapore drinks Singapore Slings

“Nobody in Singapore drinks Singapore Slings. It’s one of the first things you find out there. What you do in Singapore is eat. It’s a really food-crazy culture, where all of this great food is available in a kind of hawker-stand environment.”

Anthony Bourdain

I think e-mail is representative of our fast food

“I think e-mail is representative of our fast food mentality in the United States, where everything has gotten faster and faster, and we’re required to respond to inputs more quickly with less time for thought and reflection. I believe that we need to slow down.”

Alan Lightman

When I’m at a Chinese restaurant having a hard time

“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