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  • "When the belly is full, it says to the head, 'Sing, fellow!'" — Arabian Proverb
  • "Life is an onion and one cries while peeling it." — French Proverb
  • "Rice is born in water and must die in wine." — Italian Proverb
  • "Fish, to taste right, must swim three times — in water, in butter, and in wine." — Polish Proverb
  • "The belly rules the mind." — Spanish Proverb
  • "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." ― J.R.R. Tolkien
  • "There is no love sincerer than the love of food." ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
  • "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
  • "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." ― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
  • "A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness." ― Elsa Schiaparelli
  • "The way you cut your meat reflects the way you live." ― Confucius
  • "Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers." ― William Shakespeare
  • "The preparation of good food is merely another expression of art, one of the joys of civilized living." ― Dione Lucas
  • "You don't need a silver fork to eat good food." ― Paul Prudhomme
  • "Cooking is at once child's play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love." ― Craig Claiborne
  • "Food is symbolic of love when words are inaqequate." ― Alan D. Wolfelt
  • "Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity." ― Voltaire
  • "I know the look of an apple that is roasting and sizzling on the hearth on a winter's evening, and I know the comfort that comes of eating it hot, along with some sugar and a drench of cream... I know how the nuts taken in conjunction with winter apples, cider, and doughnuts, make old people's tales and old jokes sound fresh and crisp and enchanting." ― Mark Twain
  • "Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts!" ― James Beard
  • "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
  • "We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink." ― Epicurus
  • "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." ― Hippocrates
  • "The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death." ― E.M. Forster
  • "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 recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe." ― Thomas Keller
  • "The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of the human race than the discovery of a star." ― Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste: Or, Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy
  • "Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside." ― Mark Twain
  • "Too few people understand a really good sandwich." ― James Beard
  • "I love sandwiches. Let's face it, life is better between two pieces of bread." ― Jeff Mauro, a.k.a. The Sandwich King
  • "All sorrows are less with bread." ― Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote
  • "If you are a human being, it's in your DNA to want bacon." ― Jan Charles, Restaurant Express
  • "Philosophers have often looked for the defining feature of humans — language, rationality, culture, and so on. I'd stick with this: Man is the only animal that likes Tabasco sauce." ― Paul Bloom, How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like
  • "A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it." ― Aldous Huxley
  • "The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude." ― Julia Child
  • "There is no sight on earth more appealing than the sight of a woman making dinner for someone she loves." ― Thomas Wolfe
  • "Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart." ― Erma Bombeck
  • "Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good." ― Alice May Brock
  • "I hate people who are not serious about meals. It is so shallow of them." ― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
  • "New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin." ― Mark Twain
  • "The U.S. palate now understands spicy." ― Lynn Dornblaser
  • "Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride." ― Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential
  • "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." ― Charles M. Schulz
  • "Humor keeps us alive. Humor and food. Don't forget food. You can go a week without laughing." ― Joss Whedon
  • "People who love to eat are always the best people." ― Julia Child
  • "I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food." ― W.C. Fields
  • "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
  • "The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook." ― Julia Child
  • "Thanks cows. I appreciate your tastiness." ― Craig Ferguson
  • "I am not a glutton ― I am an explorer of food." ― Erma Bombeck
  • "Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans ... are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit." ― Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential
  • "You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans. " ― Ronald Reagan
  • "What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow." ― A.A. Milne
  • "Ice-cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn't illegal." ― Voltaire
  • "Life itself is the proper binge." ― Julia Child
  • "Life is a combination of magic and pasta." ― Federico Fellini
  • "After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations." ― Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance
  • "How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?" ― Charles de Gaulle
  • "He showed the words "chocolate cake" to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations. 'Guilt' was the top response. If that strikes you as unexceptional, consider the response of French eaters to the same prompt: 'celebration.' ― Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
  • "Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria's mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once." ― Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential
  • "If you're afraid of butter, use cream." ― Julia Child
  • "Everything you see I owe to spaghetti." ― Sophia Loren
  • "Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education." ― Mark Twain
  • "No man is lonely while eating spaghetti: it requires so much attention." ― Christopher Morley
  • "He was a bold man that first ate an oyster." ― Jonathan Swift
  • "How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like kleenex?" ― Julia Child
  • "As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." ― Joan Gussow
  • "Always serve too much hot fudge sauce on hot fudge sundaes. It makes people overjoyed, and puts them in your debt." ― Judith Olney
  • "As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans." ― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
  • "Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that's bad for you!" ― Tommy Smothers
  • "As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it." ― Buddy Hackett
  • "It's absolutely unfair for women to say that guys only want one thing: sex. We also want food." ― Jarod Kintz, $3.33
  • "Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods." ― Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever


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     food·ie (fd)
     noun. Slang.  A person who has an ardent or refined interest in food; a gourmet.