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Food ... is the topmost taper on the golden candelabrum of existence.

DONALD BARTHELME, "Conversations with Goethe"

We ought to know about our culinary past. Food and identity is terribly important ... I don't mean we should go out and eat historic dishes, but we should know what makes us different ... self-confident nations have that sense of where they come from.

TOM JAINE, Weekend Telegraph, Sep. 30, 2000

Food = joy ... guilt ... anger ... pain ... nurturing ... friendship ... hatred ... the way you look and feel.... Food = everything you can imagine.


Food is our common ground, a universal experience.

JAMES BEARD, O Magazine, Nov. 2003

I love simple food. I like to serve the entire animal, not only because it somehow provokes a customer to think about it, but also because to honor of the animal that has been killed for us to eat, you have to eat the whole thing. It would be silly to just eat the chops and throw everything else away.

MARIO BATALI, Harvard Business Review, May 2010

Food has it over sex for variety. Hedonistically, gustatory possibilities are much broader than copulatory ones.

JOSEPH EPSTEIN, Familiar Territory

What is food to one, is to others bitter poison.

LUCRETIUS, De Rerum Natura

The fact is that this generation -- yours, my generation ... we're the first generation that can look at poverty and disease, look across the ocean to Africa and say with a straight face, we can be the first to end this sort of stupid extreme poverty, where in the world of plenty, a child can die for lack of food in it's belly.

BONO, 2004 PENN Address

More die in the United States of too much food than of too little.


Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.

M.F.K. FISHER, An Alphabet for Gourmets

Once you become an elaborate and well-developed culture, anything from Rome or the Etruscans, for that matter, the food starts to become a representation of what the culture is. When the food can transcend being just fuel, that's when you start to see these different permutations.

MARIO BATALI, "The Traditions of the Table"

Food was always a conduit in our family for storytelling, and it was a way for us to keep in touch and remember things. We're people that use food to keep each other together and to always cheer us up and make all of our days better.

RACHEL RAY, Newsweek, Oct. 15, 2007

Food is "everyday"--it has to be, or we would not survive for long. But food is never just something to eat. It is something to find or hunt or cultivate first of all; for most of human history we have spent a much longer portion of our lives worrying about food, and plotting, working, and fighting to obtain it, than we have in any other pursuit. As soon as we can count on a food supply (and so take food for granted), and not a moment sooner, we start to civilize ourselves.

MARGARET VISSER, Much Depends on Dinner

Food is much better off the hand than the fork.

MARIO BATALI, Esquire, Jun. 2004

I am not a glutton -- I am an explorer of food.

ERMA BOMBECK, attributed, Funny Ladies: The Best Humor from America's Funniest Women

Food--what is chosen from the possibilities available, how it is presented, how it is eaten, with whom and when, and how much time is allotted to cooking and eating it--is one of the means by which a society creates itself and acts out its aims and fantasies.

MARGARET VISSER, Much Depends on Dinner

My favorite food city is wherever I happen to be eating. You know what they say, love the one you’re with!

PAMELA ANDERSON, PBS interview, Aug. 15, 2011

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.


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

VIRGINIA WOOLF, A Room of One's Own

When I go to a fine dining restaurant, I'm excited and I do expect to find proposals to wake my senses.

FERRAN ADRIA, The Vancouver Sun, Mar. 4, 2014

Our relationship with food -- how, when, what and why we eat -- is a direct expression of our underlying feelings, thoughts and beliefs about ourselves. It has to do with stances we take that get reflected not only in our relationship with food, but in all our relationships. It just so happens that the relationship with food causes enough conflict, grief, shame and hurt that we're willing to look at it.

GENEEN ROTH, "Geneen Roth on Dr. Oz, Food and Body Image," Huffington Post, Sep. 26, 2012

There are a lot of products still to be discovered in the world and experimentation, for example with seafood and fish. There are thousands of products that we're not eating right now that maybe will be cultivated in a good agriculture situation, a sustainable, ecological way. Maybe there will be textures or flavors we hadn't even thought of. In the Amazon there are 400 fruits that are not cultivated right now. They're just incredible fruits. Textures, tastes that we don't know right now.

FERRAN ADRIA, "World's top chefs talk cuisine, creativity in Chicago", Chicago Tribune, Mar. 20, 2014

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.



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