Culinary Quotes Archive

This is the archive for the Culinary Quotes that appear in various places on FilipinoChow.com. We have sourced some of the greatest minds in the world of cooking and some other notable figures that had some interesting things to say about food and cooking to bring to you this collection of culinary wisdom. Enjoy.

  • “Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.”
  • “I am not a glutton. I am an explorer of food.”
  • “If you don’t follow your dream, who will?”
  • “I love inventive food, but I want the classic dishes to taste like how I remember them. I get a little bummed out when there is too much fancy stuff going on and it doesn’t resemble the original dish at all.”
  • “You can say this for ready-mixes. The next generation isn’t going to have any trouble making pies exactly like mother used to make.”
  • “Facts are to the mind what food is to the body.”
  • “Men do not have to cook their food; they do so for symbolic reasons to show they are men and not beasts.”
  • “It 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.”
  • “Keep it simple in the kitchen. If you use quality ingredients, you don’t need anything fancy to make food delicious: just a knife, a cutting board, and some good nonstick cookware, and you’re set.”
  • “Cheese. Milk’s leap towards immortality.”
  • “One must know combinations, one must have a true knowledge of food to be in the moment.”
  • “The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.”
  • “Preserve and treat food as you would your body, remembering that in time food will be your body.”
  • “Like I said before, your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”
  • “Very good cooks who are employed as ‘chefs’ rarely refer to themselves as ‘chefs’. They refer to themselves as ‘cooks.’”
  • “There is no sight on earth more appealing than the sight of a woman making dinner for someone she loves.”
  • “Food tells you everything about the way people live and who they are.”
  • “There are people who strictly deprive themselves of each and every eatable, drinkable, and smokable which has in any way acquired a shady reputation. They pay this price for health. And health is all they get for it. How strange it is. It is like paying out your whole fortune for a cow that has gone dry.”
  • “If you want your kids to listen to you, don’t yell at them. Whisper. Make them lean in. My kids taught me that. And I do it with adults now.”
  • “Finishing food is about the tiny touches. In the last seconds you can change everything.”