No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.

— Laurie Colwin

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A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.

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There is really a je ne sais quoi about turkey cooking - the air of festivity, the family squabbles, the constant basting - that does not apply to the turkey breast, which is, really, a convenience of food... A turkey without seasonal angst is like a baseball game without a national anthem, a winter without snow, a birthday party without candles.

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I was taught in my Introduction to Anthropology [course in college], it is not just the great works of [hu]mankind that make a culture. It is the daily things, like what people eat and how they serve it.

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When I was alone, I lived on eggplant, the stove top cook's strongest ally.

I fried it and stewed it, and ate it crisp and sludgy, hot and cold. It was cheap and filling and was delicious in all manner of strange combinations. If any was left over, I ate it cold the next day on bread.

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The table is a meeting place, a gathering ground, the source of sustenance and nourishment, festivity, safety, and satisfaction. A person cooking is a person giving: even the simplest food is a gift.

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When life is hard and the day has been long, the ideal dinner is not four perfect courses, each in a lovely pool of sauce whose ambrosial flavors are like nothing ever before tasted, but rather something comforting and savory, easy on the digestion - something that makes one feel, if even for only a minute, that one is safe.

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On Saturday mornings I would walk to the Flavor Cup or Puerto Rico Importing coffee store to get my coffee. Often it was freshly roasted and the beans were still warm. Coffee was my nectar and my ambrosia: I was very careful about it. I decanted my beans into glass...and I ground them in little batches in my grinder.

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Friendship is not possible between two women one of whom is very well dressed.

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A person cooking is a person giving. Even the simplest food is a gift.

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It is often to the wary that the events in life are unexpected.

Looser types-people who are not busy weighing and measuring every little thing-are used to accidents, coincidences, chance, things getting out of hand, things sneaking up on them. They are the happy children of life, to whom life happens for better or worse.

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The old days were slower. People buttered their bread without guilt and sat down to dinner en famille.

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There is nothing like soup. It is by nature eccentric: no two are ever alike, unless of course you get your soup in a can.

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About Laurie Colwin

Quotes 41 sayings
Profession Author
Birthday October 16

In this world of uncertainty and woe, one thing remains unchanged: Fresh, canned, pureed, dried, salted, sliced, and served with sugar and cream, or pressed into juice, the tomato is reliable, friendly, and delicious. We would be nothing without it.

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I do not believe that you have to spend a lot of money to eat well: it is hard to beat a plain old baked potato.

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No one who cooks cooks alone.

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I will never eat fish eyeballs, and I do not want to taste anything commonly kept as a house pet, but otherwise I am a cinch to feed.

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Many people eat salad dutifully because they feel it is good for them, but more enlightened types eat it happily because it is good.

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The best way to eat crabs, as everyone knows, is off newspaper at a large table with a large number of people.

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We know that without food we would die. Without fellowship, life is not worth living.

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And, for an unsurpassed double whammy, there is talking about eating while you are eating with friends.

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Once my jars were labeled, I felt contentedly thrilled with myself, as if I had pulled off a wonderful trick. People feel this way when they bake bread or have babies, and although they are perfectly entitled to feel that way, in fact, nature does most of the work.

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The sharing of food is the basis of social life.

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Fulfillment leaves an empty space where longing used to be.

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When I was alone, I lived on eggplant, the stove top cook's strongest ally.

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Cookbooks hit you where you live. You want comfort; you want security; you want food; you want to not be hungry and not only do you want those basic things fixed, you want it done in a really nice, gentle way that makes you feel loved. That's a big desire, and cookbooks say to the person reading them, 'If you will read me, you will be able to do this for yourself and for others. You will make everybody feel better.'

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We need time to defuse, to contemplate.

Just as in sleep our brains relax and give us dreams, so at some time in the day we need to disconnect, reconnect, and look around us.

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That family glaze of common references, jokes, events, calamities-that sense of a family being like a kitchen midden: layer upon layer of the things daily life is made of. The edifice that lovers build is by comparison delicate and one-dimensional.

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People who like to cook like to talk about food.

...without one cook giving another cook a tip or two, human life might have died out a long time ago.

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The sharing of food is the basis of social life, and to many people it is the only kind of social life worth participating in.

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It is a fact of life that people give dinner parties, and when they invite you, you have to turn around and invite them back. Often they retaliate by inviting you again, and you must then extend another invitation. Back and forth you go, like Ping-Pong balls, and what you end up with is called social life.

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I come from a coffee-loving family, and you can always tell when my sister and I have been around, because both of us collect all the dead coffee from everyone's morning cup, pour it over ice, and drink it. This is a disgusting habit.

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[On television:] It's made people moronic, it's robbed people of their ability to think. It's done tremendous damage, and every single household that has a small child should take it and throw it out the window.

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Unlike some people, who love to go out, I love to stay home.

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Dinner alone is one of life's pleasures.

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To feel safe and warm on a cold wet night, all you really need is soup.

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Both happy and sad people can be cheered up by a nice meal.

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For the socially timid, the kitchen is the place to be. At least, it is a place to start.

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Dinner alone is one of life's pleasures.

Certainly cooking for oneself reveals man at his weirdest. People lie when you ask them what they eat when they are alone. A salad, they tell you. But when you persist, they confess to peanut butter and bacon sandwiches deep fried and eaten with hot sauce, or spaghetti with butter and grape jam.

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It is always wise to make too much potato salad.

Even if you are cooking for two, make enough for five. Potato salad improves with age - that is, if you are lucky enough to have any left over.

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Lentils are friendly - the Miss Congeniality of the bean world.

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