Mario Batali Quotes Archive

This is a collection of quotes about food from Mario Batali.

Posted March 21, 2020

“You have to be generous if you want to spend your time making someone else dinner. Even if you’re charging, you’re still giving.”

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Posted June 8, 2019

“The Gulf Coast has the potential to create a culinary raw ingredient paradise that smart cooks can capitalize on.”

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Posted January 20, 2019

“Protein has been intensely over-represented on the plate. Now, the garden should be the main drag for main courses.”

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Posted December 13, 2018

“Shop often, shop hard, and spend for the best stuff available – logic dictates that you can make delicious food only with delicious ingredients.”

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Posted May 17, 2018

“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.”

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Posted May 9, 2018

“Close your eyes and place your finger on a map. Wherever it lands, that’s the theme of the evening. So many times we settle for routine dishes. This forces you to try new cuisines.”

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Posted September 13, 2017

“In America, I would say New York and New Orleans are the two most interesting food towns. In New Orleans, they don’t have a bad deli. There’s no mediocrity accepted.”

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Posted June 8, 2017

“Although the skills aren’t hard to learn, finding the happiness and finding the satisfaction and finding fulfillment in continuously serving somebody else something good to eat, is what makes a really good restaurant.”

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Posted October 27, 2016

“Finishing food is about the tiny touches. In the last seconds you can change everything.”

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Posted April 8, 2016

“We would load up the yellow Cutlass Supreme station wagon and pick blackberries during blackberry season or spring onions during spring onion season. For us, food was part of the fabric of our day.”

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