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All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.

John Gunther

Cauliflower is cabbage with a college education.

Mark Twain

Conversation is the enemy of food and good wine.

Alfred Hitchcock

Cooking is a way of giving and making yourself desirable.

Michel Bourdin

Breakfast is a notoriously difficult meal to serve with a flourish.

Clement Freud

Cheese - milk's leap towards immortality.

Clifton Fadiman

Coffee is a fleeting moment and a fragrance.

Claudia Roden

Chanpagne: In victory you deserve it. in defeat you need it.


We may live without poetry, music and art;
We may live without conscience and live without heart;
We may live without friends;
We may live without books;
But civilized man cannot live without cooks.

Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton

A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in will's freedom after it.

Aldous Huxley

Vegetarians are people who cannot hear tomatos screaming.

Joseph Campbell

Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music out of doors, played by somebody I do not know.

John Keats

The best number for a dinner-party is two: myself and a damn good head waiter.

Nubar Gulbenkian

Women never dine alone. When they dine alone they don't dine.

Henry James

At a dinner-party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.

W. Somerset Maugham

Food is the most primitive form of comfort.

Sheila Graham

The art of dining well is no slight art, the pleasure not a slight pleasure.

Michel de Montaigne

Life is too short to stuff a mushroom.

Shirley Conran

Without a liqueur and a coffee the best of meals ends as tamely as a pretty mermaid.

H. Warner Allen

A cocktail is to a glass of wine as rape is to love.

Paul Claudel

Food without wine is a corpse; wine without food is a ghost; united and well matched they are as body and soul, living partners.

Andre Simon

Empty wine bottles have a bad opinion of women.

Ambrose Bierce

A drinking man's someone who wants to forget he isn't still young an' believing.

Tennessee Williams

The trouble with the world is everybody in it is three drinks behind.

Humphrey Bogart

Salt is white and pure - there is something holy in salt.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Wine is a successful effort to translate the perishable into the permanent.

John Arlott

Wine is bottled poetry.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Wine is the milk of the old, the balm of adults, and the vehicle of the gourmand.

Grimod de la Reyniere

A man takes a drink, the drink takes another, and the drink takes the man.

Sinclair Lewis

Civilised adults do not take apple juice with dinner.

Fran Lebowitz

The bagel, an unsweetened doughnut with rigor mortis.

Beatrice Freeman

Pepper is small in quantity and great in virtue.


Large, naked, raw carrots are acceptable as food only to those who live in hutches eagerly awaiting Easter.

Fran Lebowitz

Champagne has the taste of an apple peeled with a steel knife.

Aldous Huxley

She was so wild that when she made French toast she got her tongue caught in the toaster.

Rodney Dangerfield

There is no such thing as a little garlic.

Arthur Baer

The juice of the grape is the liquid quintessence of concentrated sunbeams.

Thomas Peacock

The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday - but never jam today.

Lewis Carroll

All the ingenious men and all the scientific men in the world could never invent anything so curious and so ridiculous as a lobster.

Charles Kingsley

Let's get out of these wet clothes and into a dry martini.

Robert Benchley

Meat is a status dish in which the sizzle counts for more than the nutritional worth.

Magnus Pyke

It is the destiny of mint to be crushed.

Waverly Root

Nature was indeed at her artistic best when she created the nutmeg, a delight to the eye in all its avatars, from the completely garbed to nudity.

Waverly Root

I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead - not sick, not wounded - dead.

Woody Allen

His idea of heaven is eating pate de fois gras to the sound of trumpets.

Sydney Smith

Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.

Sophia Loren

One man's poison ivy is another man's spinach.

George Ade

On strawberries: doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did.

William Butler

Tea! thou soft, thou sober, sage and venerable liquid, thou female tongue-running cordial, in whose glorious insipidity I owe the happiest moments of my life - let me fall prostrate.

Colley Cibber

Wine lets no lover unrewarded go.

Alexander Pope

All food is the gift of the gods and has something of the miraculous, the egg no less than the truffle.

Sybille Bedford

Cookery is not chemistry. It is an art. It requires instinct and taste, not exact measurements.

X. Marcel Boulestin

What is literature compared with cooking? The one is shadow, the other is substance.

E.V. Lucas

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.

George Bernard Shaw

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