Cooking Quotes

[wpsm_quote author=”Alex Atala” float=”none” width=”100%”]For me, cooking is an expression of the land where you are and the culture of that place.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Alice May Brock” float=”none” width=”100%”]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. [/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Alton Brown” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking is an observation-based process that you can’t do if you’re so completely focused on a recipe.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Alton Brown” float=”none” width=”100%”]I approach cooking from a science angle because I need to understand how things work. If I understand the egg, I can scramble it better. It’s a simple as that.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Anthelme Brillat-Savarin” float=”none” width=”100%”]Poultry is for the cook what canvas is for the painter.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Anthelme Brillat-Savarin” float=”none” width=”100%”]The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star. [/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Auguste Escoffier” float=”none” width=”100%”]The greatest dishes are very simple.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ayumi Komura” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking is about creating something delicious for someone else.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Calvin Trillin” float=”none” width=”100%”]The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Chetna Makan” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking for some is joy, for others a way to relax after a hectic day at work, and for a few, it’s purely a means to an end. Whatever your feelings are about cooking, it is so rewarding to see friends and family enjoy your food.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Chinese Proverb” float=”none” width=”100%”]Sour, sweet, bitter, pungent—all must be tasted.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Craig Claiborne” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Craig Claiborne” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking is at once one of the simplest and most gratifying of the arts, but to cook well one must love and respect food.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Curnonsky” float=”none” width=”100%”]In cooking, as in all the arts, simplicity is the sign of perfection.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Delia Smith” float=”none” width=”100%”]There are people who claim to be instinctive cooks, who never follow recipes or weigh anything at all. All I can say is they’re not very fussy about what they eat. For me, cooking is an exact art and not some casual game.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”E.B. White” float=”none” width=”100%”]From morning till night, sounds drift from the kitchen, most of them familiar and comforting…. On days when warmth is the most important need of the human heart, the kitchen is the place you can find it; it dries the wet sock, it cools the hot little brain.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Elisa Schiaparelli” float=”none” width=”100%”]A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness. [/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Elizabeth David” float=”none” width=”100%”]Good food is always a trouble and its preparation should be regarded as a labour of love.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Elizabeth David” float=”none” width=”100%”]The cooking of the Mediterranean shores, endowed with all the natural resources, the colour and flavour of the South, is a blend of tradition and brilliant improvisation. The Latin genius flashes from the kitchen pans. [/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Elsie de Wolfe” float=”none” width=”100%”]It does not matter whether one paints a picture, writes a poem, or carves a statue, simplicity is the mark of a master-hand. Don’t run away with the idea that it is easy to cook simply. It requires a long apprenticeship.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Emeril Lagasse” float=”none” width=”100%”]The cool thing is that now that people have made this evolution where cooking is cool, people are doing it on weekends, they’re doing their own challenges. It’s back to cooking. And it’s real cooking.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Emily Post” float=”none” width=”100%”]To the old saying that man built the house but woman made of it a “home” might be added the modern supplement that woman accepted cooking as a chore but man has made of it a recreation.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Erma Bombeck” float=”none” width=”100%”]When it comes to cooking, five years ago I felt guilty “just adding water.” Now I want to bang the tube against the countertop and have a five-course meal pop out. If it comes with plastic silverware and a plate that self-destructs, all the better.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ferran Adria” float=”none” width=”100%”]If you think well, you cook well.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Friedrich Nietzsche” float=”none” width=”100%”]In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad. [/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”G.F. Scotson-Clark” float=”none” width=”100%”]Some people make too much of a business of cooking. Properly managed, cooking is the simplest of work, but nowhere is an efficiency expert so needed as in the kitchen. There is nothing I hate more than to see a woman, hot, tired, and untidy from cooking a dinner I am supposed to eat. It takes all the pleasure out of the meal.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Gabrielle Bernstein” float=”none” width=”100%”]One of the most meditative times of my day is when I’m cooking.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Gail Sheehy” float=”none” width=”100%”]When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Gerard Depardieu” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking is not difficult. Everyone has taste, even if they don’t realize it. Even if you’re not a great chef, there’s nothing to stop you understanding the difference between what tastes good and what doesn’t.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Gordon Ramsay” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking is about passion, so it may look slightly temperamental in a way that it’s too assertive to the naked eye.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Gordon Ramsay” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking today is a young man’s game, I don’t give a bollocks what anyone says.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Gordon Ramsay” float=”none” width=”100%”]You don’t come into cooking to get rich.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Guy Fieri” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking is like snow skiing: If you don’t fall at least 10 times, then you’re not skiing hard enough.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Guy Fieri” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”H. Jackson Brown” float=”none” width=”100%”]Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Harriet Van Horne” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Harriet Van Horne” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking is like making love, you do it well, or you do not do it at all.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Heinz Beck” float=”none” width=”100%”]Working in the kitchen is my soul and my life, and I love it. I’m not there because people expect to see me; I am there because I want to be.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ina Garten” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking is one of the greatest gifts you can give to those you love.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ina Garten” float=”none” width=”100%”]Instead of going out to dinner, buy good food. Cooking at home shows such affection. In a bad economy, it’s more important to make yourself feel good.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Jacques Pepin” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking is the art of adjustment.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Jacques Pepin” float=”none” width=”100%”]Great cooking favors the prepared hands.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”James Beard” float=”none” width=”100%”]I don’t like gourmet cooking or this cooking or that cooking. I like good cooking.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”James Beard” float=”none” width=”100%”]When I come home to my kitchen, I realize it is there that I can best satisfy the eccentricities of my own palate.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”James Boswell” float=”none” width=”100%”]My definition of man is a cooking animal. The beasts have memory, judgement, and the faculties and passions of our minds in a certain degree; but no beast is a cook… Man alone can dress a good dish; and every man whatever is more or less a cook, in seasoning what he himself eats.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Jim Gaffigan” float=”none” width=”100%”]When you hear bacon cooking….that sizzling sound isn’t the fat cooking….that’s applause.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”John Erskine” float=”none” width=”100%”]All cooking is a matter of time. In general, the more time the better.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Judith B. Jones” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking demands attention, patience, and above all, a respect for the gifts of the earth. It is a form of worship, a way of giving thanks.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Julia Child” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking is one failure after another, and that’s how you finally learn.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Julia Child” float=”none” width=”100%”]I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate. [/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Julia Child” float=”none” width=”100%”]In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Julia Child” float=”none” width=”100%”]Non-cooks think it’s silly to invest two hours’ work in two minutes’ enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, so is the ballet. [/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Julia Child” float=”none” width=”100%”]The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Julia Turshen” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking is simply a huge and often very fun puzzle of piecing together techniques with different ingredients. Once you know your basics, the world is your oyster (or your clam, your chicken thigh, block of tofu—whatever makes you happy).[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Katherine Cebrian” float=”none” width=”100%”]I don’t even butter my bread. I consider that cooking.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Kurt Philip Behm” float=”none” width=”100%”]Like eating your own cooking, / do you favor what you write / Do the words digest completely, / —the stove again to light / As you walk that final mile, / in those shabby cobblers shoes / Will you then embrace at last, / —what was never yours to lose[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Laiko Bahrs” float=”none” width=”100%”]When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Laurie Colwin” float=”none” width=”100%”]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.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Leah Chase” float=”none” width=”100%”]You have to be yourself when you are creating and cooking. You do what you need to do and you do it to the best of your ability.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Li Liweng” float=”none” width=”100%”]If you like good food, cook it yourself.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Madame Jehane Benoit” float=”none” width=”100%”]I feel a recipe is only a theme, which an intelligent cook can play each time with a variation. [/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Magnus Nilsson” float=”none” width=”100%”]I believe that precision in cooking is not about who can construct the most meticulously perfect recipe, but who can master their skill and techniques so well that they can apply them to more or less anything with great results.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Malcolm De Chazal” float=”none” width=”100%”]Salt is the policeman of taste: it keeps the various flavors of a dish in order, and restrains the stronger from tyrannizing over the weaker.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Marcel Boulestin” float=”none” width=”100%”]A good cook is not necessarily a good woman with an even temper. Some allowance should be made for the artistic temperament…. Do not be unreasonable and suddenly announce at 7 o’clock that there will be three extra people for dinner. Cooks are only human beings and cannot work miracles.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Marcel Boulestin” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cookery is not chemistry. It is an art. It requires instinct and taste rather than exact measurements.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Marcella Hazan” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking is an art, but you eat it too.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Mario Batali” float=”none” width=”100%”]The tradition of Italian cooking is that of the matriarch. This is the cooking of grandma. She didn’t waste time thinking too much about the celery. She got the best celery she could and then she dealt with it.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings” float=”none” width=”100%”]Food imaginatively and lovingly prepared, and eaten in good company, warms the being.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Maya Angelou” float=”none” width=”100%”]I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Michael Isabella” float=”none” width=”100%”]My two rules of cooking: keep it fresh and keep it simple.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Michael Strahan” float=”none” width=”100%”]If you’re not the one cooking, stay out of the way and compliment the chef.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Musa Dağdeviren” float=”none” width=”100%”]The person who makes the food—his physique, his food, his soul—is unique. It is like fingerprints or handwriting.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Nigella Lawson” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking is actually quite aggressive and controlling and sometimes, yes, there is an element of force-feeding going on.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Nora Ephron” float=”none” width=”100%”]What my mother believed about cooking is that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Paul Theroux” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation– experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Pearl Bailey” float=”none” width=”100%”]The fact is that it takes more than ingredients and technique to cook a good meal. A good cook puts something of himself into the preparation—he cooks with enjoyment, anticipation, spontaneity, and he is willing to experiment.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Rita Rudner” float=”none” width=”100%”]I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and say to myself “well, that’s not going to happen.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Robert Burton” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cookery is become an art, a noble science; cooks are gentlemen.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Shauna Niequist” float=”none” width=”100%”]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.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Shirley Conran” float=”none” width=”100%”]Life is too short to stuff a mushroom.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Simone De Beauvoir” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking is revolution and creation.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Sophia Loren” float=”none” width=”100%”]The most indespensible ingredient of all good home cooking: love for those you are cooking for.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Sten Sture Skaldeman” float=”none” width=”100%”]You can pretty much make fish soup out of anything, but it always tastes better if you include fish.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Sydney Biddle Barrows” float=”none” width=”100%”]A comedian I heard recently suggested that the best way to get a man to cook for you is to get him to associate cooking with danger. […] If cooking involves fire or large knives or a whole fish—preferably all three—he’s there.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Sylvia Townsend Warner” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking is the most succulent of human pleasures.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ted Allen” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cooking for people is an enormously significant expression of generosity and soulfulness, and entertaining is a way to be both generous and creative. You’re sharing your life with people. Of course, it’s also an expression of your own need for approval and applause. Nothing wrong with that.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Thomas Keller” float=”none” width=”100%”]Once you understand the foundations of cooking – whatever kind you like, whether it’s French or Italian or Japanese – you really don’t need a cookbook anymore.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Tom Jaine” float=”none” width=”100%”]If cooking becomes an art form rather than a means of providing a reasonable diet, then something is clearly wrong.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Truman Capote” float=”none” width=”100%”]Oh, I adore to cook. It makes me feel so mindless in a worthwhile way.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Wolfgang Puck” float=”none” width=”100%”]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.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Yotam Ottolenghi” float=”none” width=”100%”]The smells of slow cooking spread around the house and impart a unique warmth matched only by the flavour of the food.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Yuan Mei” float=”none” width=”100%”]The fat in meat, fish, ducks and chicken must be kept in the meat and not allowed to run out, else the flavor is all in the juices.[/wpsm_quote]