Famous People’s Food Philosophies

Do you have a personal food philosophy?

I love stumbling across a good food quote. It makes me feel not alone in my food and cooking philosophy.

I firmly believe that cooking is the sixth love language, and I demonstrate it daily.

Below are some of my favorite quotes. Some make me snort with unladylike laughter. Some are more serious. All resonate on one level or another.

Food Philosophy: On eating

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” 

Virginia Woolf

 

“I hate people who are not serious about meals. It is so shallow of them.”

Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

 

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” 

George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

 

“What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.” 

A.A. Milne

 

“You can’t just eat good food. You’ve got to talk about it too. And you’ve got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food.”

Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird

 

“To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day.”

W. Somerset Maugham

 

Food Philosophy: On cooking

“There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won’t, and that’s a wife who can’t cook and will.” 

Robert Frost

 

“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.”

W.C. Fields

 

“If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” 

Julia Child

 

“I like a cook who smiles out loud when he tastes his own work. Let God worry about your modesty; I want to see your enthusiasm.” 

Robert Farrar Capon

 

Food Philosophy: Cooking as love

“Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.” 

Craig Claiborne

 

“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 good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.” 

Elsa Schiaparelli

 

“I think preparing food and feeding people brings nourishment not only to our bodies but to our spirits. Feeding people is a way of loving them, in the same way that feeding ourselves is a way of honoring our own createdness and fragility.” 

Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet

 

“What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child?” 

Lin Yutang

 

“The secret of good cooking is, first, having a love of it… If you’re convinced that cooking is drudgery, you’re never going to be good at it, and you might as well warm up something frozen.” 

James Beard

 

“These aren’t just recipes. They’re our family history. There is nothing more important than family and food. They represent our sustenance and our soul. Food represents how we celebrate, how we come together, how we rejoice, how we mourn, and how we remain one.”

Viola Shipman, The Recipe Box

 

“Feeding bodies is a way to feed souls. Food is a way to connect with people on a visceral level. The sight, scent, and taste of delicious, colorful, healthy food is a beautiful experience. And it can happen every day.”

–Bernadette Veenstra, She Plans Dinner

 

How do you view food, cooking, meals, and eating? What’s your food philosophy?


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