165 Culinary Quotes to Inspire and Delight

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The Most Famous Culinary Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Through my work and travels I have been lucky enough to have been exposed to various eclectic cuisine running the gamut from small local cafes to iconic five-star restaurants. — Mark Hyman, M.D.

The duty of a good Cuisinier is to transmit to the next generation everything he has learned and experienced. — Fernand Point

At culinary school, none of the things we use to define ourselves outside that world - actor, producer, student - none of that matters. It's a magical art form. — Eric Christian Olsen

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

A great chef is an artist that I truly respect. — Robert Stack

A jazz musician can improvise based on his knowledge of music. He understands how things go together. For a chef, once you have that basis, that's when cuisine is truly exciting. — Charlie Trotter

A chef is a mixture maybe of artistry and craft. You have to learn the craft really to get there. — Wolfgang Puck

A great introduction to cultures is their cuisine. It not only reflects their evolution, but also their beliefs and traditions. — Vikas Khanna

As far as cuisine is concerned one must read everything, see everything, hear everything, try everything, observe everything, in order to retain in the end, just a little bit. — Fernand Point

Great food needed more than chefs; it needed gourmet diners. — Nicole Mones

Short Culinary Quotes

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  • Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. — Adelle Davis
  • Life is a combination of magic and pasta. — Federico Fellini
  • Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live. — Socrates
  • A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe. — Thomas Keller
  • The so-called nouvelle cuisine usually means not enough on your plate and too much on your bill. — Paul Bocuse
  • We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink. — Epicurus
  • A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world. — Louis Pasteur
  • Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness. — Auguste Escoffier
  • The last taste of sweets is sweetest last. — William Shakespeare
  • If penicillin can cure those that are ill, Spanish sherry can bring the dead back to life. — Alexander Fleming

Top 10 Culinary Quotes

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Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. — Adelle Davis

The strawberry grows underneath the nettle And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best Neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality. — William Shakespeare

Life is a combination of magic and pasta. — Federico Fellini

Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live. — Socrates

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A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe. — Thomas Keller

The so-called nouvelle cuisine usually means not enough on your plate and too much on your bill. — Paul Bocuse

We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink. — Epicurus

A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world. — Louis Pasteur

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Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness. — Auguste Escoffier

So you can settle the fuck down. My mother used to say, "Primero comemos, entonces lo demás." That means, "first we eat, then we do everything else." — Brian Yorkey

Culinary Image Quotes

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Culinary quote by Thomas Keller

A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe. — Thomas Keller

Culinary quote by Auguste Escoffier

Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness. — Auguste Escoffier

Culinary quote by William Shakespeare

The last taste of sweets is sweetest last. — William Shakespeare

Culinary quote by Julia Child

People who love to eat are always the best people. — Julia Child

Culinary quote by James Thurber

The most dangerous food is wedding cake. — James Thurber

Culinary quote by Steven Wright

I got food poisoning today. I don't know when I'll use it. — Steven Wright

Culinary quote by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

In fine, the truffle is the very diamond of gastronomy. — Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Culinary quote by Pythagoras

Salt is born of the purest parents: the sun and the sea. — Pythagoras

Inspiring Culinary Quotes

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If we're not willing to settle for junk living, we certainly shouldn't settle for junk food. — Sally Edwards

In the abstract art of cooking, ingredients trump appliances, passion supersedes expertise, creativity triumphs over technique, spontaneity inspires invention, and wine makes even the worst culinary disaster taste delicious. — Bob Blumer

High-tech tomatoes. Mysterious milk. Supersquash. Are we supposed to eat this stuff? Or is it going to eat us? — Anita Manning

Wine is inspiring and adds greatly to the joy of living. — Napoleon Bonaparte

Poultry is for the cook what canvas is for a painter, or the cap of Fortunatus for a conjurer. — Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

When the waitress puts the dinner on the table, the old men look at the dinner. The young men look at the waitress. — Gelett Burgess

Plant a radish, get a radish, never any doubt. That's why I love vegetables, you know what they're about! — Tom Jones

Stephanie Izard. She is extremely talented but super-humble at the same time. And she was the first female Top Chef. I remember cheering her on when she competed. At that time I just started in my culinary career. Watching her cook was very inspiring. — Shirley Chung

I prefer milk because I am a Prohibitionist, but I do not go to it for inspiration. — Mark Twain

My parents owned a soul food diner. It inspired me to go to culinary school. — Flavor Flav

Culinary Love Quotes

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People who love to eat are always the best people. — Julia Child

The truffle is not a positive aphrodisiac, but it can upon occasion make women tenderer and men more apt to love. — Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

As the days grow short, some faces grow long. But not mine. Every autumn, when the wind turns cold and darkness comes early, I am suddenly happy. It's time to start making soup again. — Leslie Newman

As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists. — Joan Dye Gussow

The greatest delight the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable. I am not alone and unacknowledged. They nod to me and I to them. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anyone who eats three meals a day should understand why cookbooks outsell sex books three to one. — L. M. Boyd

Cooking is at once one of the simplest and most gratifying of the arts, but to cook well one must love and respect food. — Craig Claiborne

Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts. — James Beard

Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes What would life be like without homegrown tomatoes Only two things that money can't buy That's true love and home grown tomatoes. — John Denver

Comfort me with apples, for I am sick of love. — Solomon

Culinary School Quotes

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You know, I used to think I was a foodie, and then my wife went to culinary school and basically explained to me that I was just a guy that likes to eat. — Ty Burrell

It helps immerse yourself in what you potentially want to do. Being involved, learning firsthand and observing the craft and absorbing all you can, makes it easier to define what you want. It will also ultimately make you a better Chef. Culinary school, or even a single class, is a great bet too. — Giada De Laurentiis

The summer before I went to culinary school, my family wanted me to take a job on a movie to make sure that I was making the right decision. I think they hoped I would change my mind about culinary school. — Giada De Laurentiis

Ive never gone to culinary school, but I do love cooking. — Keshia Knight Pulliam

I'm a filmmaker who decided to go to culinary school. All I picked up was the fact if I didn't understand what was going on with every single ingredient, I could be qualifying for, like, the lunch food job at my daughter's school. — Alton Brown

I like to cook. I would probably go to culinary school in France if I had time. — Jessica Alba

I want to go to culinary school because I love cooking. One day I'd love to open up a restaurant or cafe. — Mary-Kate Olsen

Some of the greatest chefs in the world aren't classically trained. Thomas Keller - probably the greatest American chef ever to walk the earth - never went to culinary school. You know? — Michael Symon

Having been to culinary school, the single greatest asset I learned there was how to cut and chop properly. It's an investment of money that will save you hours of time down the road, and hopefully some cut fingers. — Daphne Oz

At 15, I had to choose a vocational school, and I was delighted, of course, to go to culinary school. But learning the basics was not as exciting as being the chef I am today. — Eric Ripert

Cuisine Quotes

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Original, in French: La bonne cuisine est la base du véritable bonheur. English: Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness. — Auguste Escoffier

Life is too short for cuisine minceur and for diets. Dietetic meals are like an opera without the orchestra. — Paul Bocuse

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New Orleans cuisine is Creole rather than Cajun. — Poppy Z. Brite

Slow Food unites the pleasure of food with responsibility, sustainability and harmony with nature. — Carlo Petrini

I like Indian takeaway. — Nicola Sturgeon

If I had to narrow my choice of meats down to one for the rest of my life, I am quite certain that meat would be pork. — James Beard

Soup is cuisine's kindest course. It breathes reassurance; it steams consolation; after a weary day it promotes sociability, as the five o'clock cup of tea or the cocktail hour. — Louis Pullig De Gouy

Scandinavian-Danish cuisine was something quite rustic, mostly known for pastries and smorgasbord cuisine, which in itself has become a joke. — Rene Redzepi

Every morning the cuisinier must start again at zero, with nothing on the stove. That is what real cuisine is all about. — Fernand Point

Cookery is not chemistry. It is an art. It requires instinct and taste rather than exact measurements. — Marcel Boulestin

Cookery Quotes

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Hunger finds no fault with cookery. — Vietnamese Proverbs

The art of cookery is the art of poisoning mankind, by rendering the appetite still importunate, when the wants of nature are supplied. — Francois FeNelon

God sends meat and the devil sends cooks. — Thomas Deloney

to "set the standard for beauty in classical and modem cookery, and attest to the distant future that the French chefs of the 19th century were the most famous in the world. — Marie-Antoine Careme

In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires. — Benjamin Franklin

Every investigation which is guided by principles of Nature fixes its ultimate aim entirely on gratifying the stomach. — Athenaeus

As in the fine arts, the progress of mankind from barbarism to civilisation is marked by a gradual succession of triumphs over the rude materialities of nature, so in the art of cookery is the progress gradual from the earliest and simplest modes, to those of the most complicated and refined. — Isabella Beeton

Not on morality, but on cookery, let us build our stronghold: there brandishing our frying-pan, as censer, let us offer sweet incense to the Devil, and live at ease on the fat things he has provided for his elect! — Thomas Carlyle

Cookery means…English thoroughness, French art, and Arabian hospitality; it means the knowledge of all fruits and herbs and balms and spices; it means carefulness, inventiveness, and watchfulness. — John Ruskin

I tell people all the time, you have to be in love with that pot. You have to put all your love in that pot. If you're in a hurry,just eat your sandwich and go. Don't even start cooking, because you can't do anything well in a hurry. I love food. I love serving people. I love satisfying people. — Leah Chase

Cooking Quotes

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Become familiar with your home, but know also about your neighbors. The young man who never went anywhere thinks his mother is the greatest cook. — Chinua Achebe

Mother Nature is the true artist and our job as cooks is to allow her to shine. — Marco Pierre White

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Show me who your friends are, and I will tell you what you are. — Unknown Author

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Herbs are the friend of the physician and the pride of cooks. — Charlemagne

If an architect makes a mistake, he grows ivy to cover it. If a doctor makes a mistake, he covers it with soil. If a cook makes a mistake, he covers it with some sauce and says it is a new recipe. — Paul Bocuse

Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal. — E. O. Wilson

Dear Mama, don't cry, your baby boy's doin' good, Tell the homies I'm in heaven, and they ain't got hoods. Seen a show with Marvin Gaye last night, it had me shook, Drippin' peppermint Schnapps, with Jackie Wilson, and Sam Cooke. — Tupac Shakur

Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Unless he doesn't like sushi, then you also have to teach him to cook. — Auren Hoffman

There is something wrong when you wait in line thirty minutes to get a hamburger that was cooked for ninety seconds an hour ago. — Lewis Grizzard

I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations....I have built my own factory on my own ground. — Madam C. J. Walker

Chefs Cooking Quotes

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When we no longer have good cooking in the world, we will have no literature, nor high and sharp intelligence, nor friendly gatherings, no social harmony. — Marie-Antoine Careme

I am not a chef. I am not even a trained or professional cook. My qualification is as an eater. — Nigella Lawson

Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors - it's how you combine them that sets you apart. — Sayings

One of the greatest pleasures of my life has been that I have never stopped learning about Good Cooking and Good Food — Edna Lewis

I don't like food that's too carefully arranged; it makes me think that the chef is spending too much time arranging and not enough time cooking. If I wanted a picture I'd buy a painting. — Andy Rooney

I liked the energy of cooking, the action, the camaraderie. I often compare the kitchen to sports and compare the chef to a coach. There are a lot of similarities to it. — Todd English

Kitchens should be designed around what's truly important-fun, food, and life. — Daniel Boulud

I am the emperor of Germany, but you are the emperor of chefs. — Wilhelm II

Food is life, life is food. If you don't like my approach you are welcome to go down to McDonalds. — Keith Floyd

I can't stand people that do not take food seriously. — Oscar Wilde

Gourmet Quotes

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Sometimes when I'm faced with an atheist, I am tempted to invite him to the greatest gourmet dinner that one could ever serve, and when we have finished eating that magnificent dinner, to ask him if he believes there's a cook. — Ronald Reagan

A gourmet meal without a glass of wine just seems tragic to me somehow. — Kathy Mattea

I say everything's about company. A gourmet meal with an asshole is a horrible meal. A hot dog with an interesting person is an amazing meal. — Chris Rock

Don't wreck a sublime chocolate experience by feeling guilty. — Lora Brody

Today's food trucks are far from cheap eats on wheels, there are some seriously gourmet offerings on four wheels. — Tyler Florence

A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart, who looks at her watch. — James Beard

A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch. — James Beard

All sorrows are less with bread. — Miguel de Cervantes

I don't use the word gourmet. The word doesn't mean anything anymore. 'Gourmet' makes it sound like someone is putting sherry wine in the corn-flake casserole. — Julia Child

Once again, when you upgrade sensations from an addiction to a preference, you can enjoy things such as gourmet food and music, without having your happiness depend on them. — Ken Keyes Jr.

Gourmet Food Quotes

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A gourmet knows that the best part is not always the expensive part, and he will find that part, and then he will share it. A gourmet should want to share. — Mark Kurlansky

Ordinary folk prefer familiar tastes - they'd sooner eat the same things all the time - but a gourmet would sample a fried park bench just to know how it tastes. — Walter Moers

A complete lack of caution is perhaps one of the true signs of a real gourmet. — M. F. K. Fisher

Judging foods without regard to price is a rich mans game, and yet poor people can be gourmets able to discern a good potato from a bad one. — Mark Kurlansky

It was dramatic to watch my grandmother decapitate a turkey with an ax the day before Thanksgiving. Nowadays the expense of hiring grandmothers for the ax work would probably qualify all turkeys so honored with gourmet status. — Russell Baker

For a gourmet wine is not a drink but a condiment, provided that your host has chosen correctly. — Edouard de Pomiane

You might be a redneck if you consider pork and beans to be a gourmet food. — Jeff Foxworthy

A complete lack of caution is perhaps one of the true signs of a real gourmet: he has no need for it, being filled as he is with a God-given and intelligently self-cultivated sense of gastronomical freedom. — M. F. K. Fisher

If you're afraid of butter, use cream. — Julia Child

Food is a passion because I basically grew up in a kitchen. My mother was a gourmet chef and I'm the youngest of five kids. We would always congregate in the kitchen. — Laura Prepon

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More Culinary Quotes

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Be careful to trust a person who does not like wine. — Karl Marx

Most seafoods should be simply threatened with heat and then celebrated with joy. — Jeff Smith

A restaurant is a fantasy-a kind of living fantasy in which diners are the most important members of the cast. — Warner LeRoy

You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients. — Julia Child

One man's Poison Ivy is another Fellow's Spinach. — George Ade

Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better. — Robert Redford

The first printed mention of bagels... is to be found in the Community Regulations of Kracow, Poland, for the year 1610 which stated that bagels would be given as a gift to any woman in childbirth. — Leo Rosten

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

It is well known among physicians that the best of the nourishing foods is the one that the Moslem religion forbids, i.e., Wine. It contains much good and light nourishment. It is rapidly digested and helps to digest other foods. — Maimonides

I said to my wife, 'Where do you want to go for our anniversary?' She said, 'I want to go somewhere I've never been before.' I said, 'Try the kitchen.' — Henny Youngman

I never thrust my nose into other men's porridge. It is no bread and butter of mine; every man for himself, and God for us all. — Miguel de Cervantes

An apple is an excellent thing -- until you have tried a peach. — George du Maurier

Physically he was the connoisseur's connoisseur. He was a giant panda, Santa Claus and the Jolly Green Giant rolled into one. On him, a lean and slender physique would have looked like very bad casting. — Craig Claiborne

Never mind about 1066 William the Conqueror, 1087 William the Second. Such things are not going to affect one?s life...but 1932 the Mars Bar and 1936 Maltesers and 1937 the Kit Kat - these dates are milestones in history and should be seared into the memory of every child in the country. — Roald Dahl

TEETOTALER, n. One who abstains from strong drink, sometimes totally, sometimes tolerably totally. — Ambrose Bierce

I plant rosemary all over the garden, so pleasant is it to know that at every few steps one may draw the kindly branchlets through one's hand, and have the enjoyment of their incomparable incense; and I grow it against walls, so that the sun may draw out its inexhaustible sweetness to greet me as I pass. — Gertrude Jekyll

Talking of Pleasure, this moment I was writing with one hand, and with the other holding to my Mouth a Nectarine - how good how fine. It went down all pulpy, slushy, oozy, all its delicious embonpoint melted down my throat like a large, beatified Strawberry. — John Keats

She ate so many clams that her stomach rose and fell with the tide. — Louis Kronenberger

Family dinners are more often than not an ordeal of nervous indigestion, preceded by hidden resentment and ennui and accompanied by psychosomatic jitters. — M. F. K. Fisher

Cooking and baking is both physical and mental therapy. — Mary Berry

So long as people don't know how to eat they will not have good cooks. — Auguste Escoffier

The turnip is a capricious vegetable, which seems reluctant to show itself at its best. — Waverley Root

The dinner table is the center for the teaching and practicing not just of table manners but of conversation, consideration, tolerance, family feeling, and just about all the other accomplishments of polite society except the minuet. — Judith Martin

It was my Uncle George who discovered that alcohol was a food well in advance of modern medical thought. — P. G. Wodehouse

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