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Food for Thought


“There isn’t a worthwhile thing in the world that can’t be accomplished with good hard work. You’ve got to want something first and then you have to go after it with all your heart and soul”. ~ Margaret Rudkin, Pepperidge Farm

“If your regrets linger, if you cannot find inspiration in solitude, then you still have much to learn from the writers and poets and the cooks on becoming the artist of your own life… you can never re-create the past. But you can shape your own future. And you can make a cake.”
~ Jacqueline Duval, in ‘Reckless Appetites: A Culinary Romance’

“It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed  and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it… and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied… and it is all one.” M.F.K.Fisher, from ‘The Art of Eating’

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” ~ Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

“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, Wine Author (1877-1970)

“If you’re an angry person with too many cats and a grudge against the New York Times, maybe you shouldn’t be blogging”. ~ Anthony Bourdain, American Author & Chef

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not eaten well.” ~ Virginia Woolf, English Writer & Essayist

“To give life to beauty, the painter uses a whole range of colours, musicians of sounds, the cook of tastes — and it is indeed remarkable that there are seven colours, seven musical notes and seven tastes.” ~ Lucien Tendret (1825-1896) ‘La Table au pays de Brillat-Savarin’

“Enchant, stay beautiful and graceful, but do this, eat well. Bring the same consideration to the preparation of your food as you devote to your appearance. Let your dinner be a poem, like your dress”. ~ Charles Pierre Monselet, French journalist

“Cooking is like love.  It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” ~ Harriet van Horne

“We plan, we toil, we suffer – in the hope of what?  A camel-load of idol’s eyes?  The title deeds of Radio City?  The empire of Asia?  A trip to the moon?  No, no, no, no.  Simply to wake just in time to smell coffee and bacon and eggs”. ~ J.B. Priestly

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