It’s a universal truth known to mankind that food is one of life’s pleasures. Of course, the next best thing to eating food, is talking about it. And we’re pretty sure all of you (ourselves included, mind you!) have done your fair share of that.
Then there is a collection of individuals whose love for food is so deep and true, it’s palpable. They think about food in such a way, that they articulate what we’ve always felt but haven’t been able to eloquently capture into words. Such people — like M.F.K. Fisher and Julia Child — are heroes, not only for the good work they’ve done, but for the great quotes they have imprinted into the culinary world. Thus, Marina Club wanted to share some of the most famous and unarguably greatest, food quotes.
“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” – Julia Child (15th August 1912 – 13th August 2004) – American chef, author, and television personality.
“First we eat, then we do everything else.” – M.F.K. Fisher (3rd July 1908 – 22nd June 1992) – distinguished American food writer.
“I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.” – W.C. Fields (29th January1880 – 25th December 1946) – American comedian, actor, juggler and writer.
“A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.” – Barbara Johnson (4th October 1947 – 27th August 2009) – American literary critic and translator.
“My doctor told me I had to stop throwing intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people.” – Orson Welles (6th May 1915 – 10th October 1985) – American actor, director, writer, and producer.
“Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” – Samuel Langhorne Clemens (30th November 1835 – 21st April 1910) – better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer.
“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw (26th July 1856 – 2nd November 1950) – Anglo-Irish playwright, critic and polemicist.
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf (25th January 1882 – 28th March 1941) – English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century.
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – J.R.R. Tolkien (3rd January 1892 – 2nd September 1973) – English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor.
“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” – Harriet van Horne (17th May 1920 – 15th January 1998) – American newspaper columnist and film/television critic.
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz (26th November 1922 – 12th February 2000) – nicknamed Sparky, was an American cartoonist best known for the comic strip Peanuts.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates (c. 460 – c. 370 BC) – also known as Hippocrates II, was a Greek physician of the Age of Pericles
“Ice-cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal.” – François-Marie Arouet (21st November 1694 – 30th May 1778), known by his nom de plume Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher.
“Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” – Anthony Bourdain (born 25th June, 1956) – an American chef, author, and television personality.
“I prefer to regard a dessert as I would imagine the perfect woman: subtle, a little bittersweet, not blowsy and extrovert. Delicately made up, not highly rouged. Holding back, not exposing everything and, of course, with a flavour that lasts.” – Graham Kerr (22nd January 1934) – an English cooking personality.
“A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe.” – Thomas Keller (born 14thOctober 1955) – American chef, restaurateur, and cookbook writer.
“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” – Luciano Pavarotti (12th October 1935 – 6th September 2007) – an Italian operatic tenor.
“Everything you see I owe to spaghetti” – Sophia Loren (born 20th September 1934) – an Italian film actress.
“Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken.” – Jonathan Swift (30th November 1667 – 19th October 1745) – Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for the Tories), poet and cleric.
“Cheese is milk’s leap toward immortality.” – Clifton Fadiman (15th May 1904 – 20thJune 1999) – American intellectual, author, editor, radio and television personality.
There’s really nothing quite like sitting around with friends having great conversations over a delicious meal. Add some wine or beer into the equation and it’ll certainly be an even merrier get together! Great food and hearty meal have a way of bringing family and friends together in a way that is truly special, and these 20 food quotes are all about celebrating that fact.
They encapsulate the joy of cooking and the fun we have eating together. So if you want to appreciate and discuss the above quotes, why not grab some friends and come on over to one of the most popular restaurants at the Valletta Waterfront, Marina Club? You can mull over these 20 food quotes… and perhaps accompany this good conversation with a great bottle of wine!