Culinary Quotes Archive

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

As far away as you can get from the process of

Posted May 14, 2019

“As far away as you can get from the process of mechanisms and machinery, the more likely your food’s going to taste good. And that that is probably the largest thing I can hand to anybody is let your hands touch it. Let them make it.”

Mario Batali

Some of the food in Liquor is food I’ve really eaten

Posted May 07, 2019

“Some of the food in Liquor is food I’ve really eaten filtered through a veil of fiction.”

Poppy Z. Brite

When the woodpecker is searching for food or laying

Posted April 23, 2019

“When the woodpecker is searching for food, or laying siege to some hidden grub, the sound of his hammer is dead or muffled and is heard but a few yards. It is only upon dry, seasoned timber, freed of its bark, that he beats his reveille to spring and wooes his mate.”

John Burroughs

You have to balance but you can be aggressive as

Posted April 09, 2019

“You have to balance, but you can be aggressive as a chef. It benefits the food. You have to be passionate. You can’t be angry cooking.”

Marcus Samuelsson

Look for the light

Posted April 02, 2019

“Look for the light. Look for it in everything. Look for it in yourself, in your children, in your job, and in your dreams. Look for it in the food you eat and in the people you surround yourself with.”

Debbie Ford

Learning about issues such as sustainability and

Posted March 26, 2019

“Learning about issues such as sustainability and locavorism are things that you need to have as part of you as a chef because it will make you cook more delicious food.”

Rene Redzepi

To be poor does not mean you lack the means to

Posted March 19, 2019

“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

Posted March 12, 2019

“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

Posted March 05, 2019

“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