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AUTHOR: Mary Catherine Bateson
QUOTATION: Human beings do not eat nutrients, they eat food.
ATTRIBUTION: With a Daughter’s Eye Morrow 84

QUOTATION: He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise.
ATTRIBUTION: Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 241, Houghton Mifflin (1906).

QUOTATION: I fancy it must be the quantity of animal food eaten by the English which renders their character insusceptible of civilisation. I suspect it is in their kitchens and not in their churches that their reformation must be worked, and that Missionaries of that description from [France] would avail more than those who should endeavor to tame them by precepts of religion or philosophy.
ATTRIBUTION: Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), U.S. president. Letter, September 25, 1785, to Abigail Adams. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 8, pp. 548-549, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).

QUOTATION: Roast Beef, Medium, is not only a food. It is a philosophy. Seated at Life’s Dining Table, with the menu of Morals before you, your eye wanders a bit over the entrées, the hors d’oeuvres, and the things à la though you know that Roast Beef, Medium, is safe and sane, and sure.
ATTRIBUTION: Edna Ferber (1887–1968), U.S. author. Roast Beef, Medium, foreword (1911).

QUOTATION: When you get to fifty-two food becomes more important than sex.
ATTRIBUTION: Prue Leith (b. 1940), British chef, caterer, writer on cookery. Quoted in Guardian (London, November 11, 1992).

AUTHOR: Calvin Trillin
QUOTATION: There is no question that Rumanian-Jewish food is heavy…. One meal is equal in heaviness, I would guess, to eight or nine years of steady mung-bean eating.
ATTRIBUTION: Interview 29 Dec 79

AUTHOR: Alan King
QUOTATION: As life’s pleasures go, food is second only to sex. Except for salami and eggs. Now that’s better than sex, but only if the salami is thickly sliced.
ATTRIBUTION: Quoted by Mimi Sheraton NY Times 28 Oct 81

QUOTATION: In a strange city, I connect through food and fantasy.
ATTRIBUTION: Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).

QUOTATION: Feed him ye must, whose food fills you.
And that this pleasure is like raine,
Not sent ye for to drowne your paine,
But for to make it spring againe.
ATTRIBUTION: Robert Herrick (1591–1674), British poet. The Hock-Cart, or Harvest Home (l. 52–55). . .

AUTHOR: A J Liebling
QUOTATION: An Englishman teaching an American about food is like the blind leading the one-eyed.
ATTRIBUTION: Quoted by Alistair Cooke Masterpiece Theater PBS TV 20 Oct 74

AUTHOR: Bryan Miller
QUOTATION: Never eat Chinese food in Oklahoma.
ATTRIBUTION: “Never Eat at Mom’s” ib 16 Jul 83

QUOTATION: Hunger makes you restless. You dream about food—not just any food, but perfect food, the best food, magical meals, famous and awe-inspiring, the one piece of meat, the exact taste of buttery corn, tomatoes so ripe they split and sweeten the air, beans so crisp they snap between the teeth, gravy like mother’s milk singing to your bloodstream.
ATTRIBUTION: Dorothy Allison (b. 1953), U.S. novelist and poet. Bastard Out of Carolina, ch. 6 (1992).

From the autobiographical novel based on memories of her poverty-stricken youth in South Carolina.

QUOTATION: You are the food,
you are the tooth, you are the husband,
light, light, sieving through the screen
whereon I bounce my big body at you
like shoes after a wedding car.
ATTRIBUTION: Anne Sexton (1928–1974), U.S. poet. “June Bug.”

QUOTATION: For ordinary people, food is heaven.
ATTRIBUTION: Chinese proverb.

QUOTATION: Civilization means food and literature all round. Beefsteaks and fiction magazines for all. First-class proteins for the body, fourth-class love-stories for the spirit.
ATTRIBUTION: Aldous Huxley (1894–1963), British novelist. Anthony Beavis, in Eyeless in Gaza, ch. 20 (1936).

AUTHOR: PeterGeorge FarbArmelagos
QUOTATION: Food to a large extent is what holds a society together and eating is closely linked to deep spiritual experiences.
ATTRIBUTION: Consuming Passions: The Anthropology of Eating Washington Square 83

QUOTATION: Japanese food is very pretty and undoubtedly a suitable cuisine in Japan, which is largely populated by people of below average size. Hostesses hell-bent on serving such food to occidentals would be well advised to supplement it with something more substantial and to keep in mind that almost everybody likes french fries.
ATTRIBUTION: Fran Lebowitz (b. 1975), U.S. humorist. Metropolitan Life, part 2 (1978).

QUOTATION: Food has it over sex for variety. Hedonistically, gustatory possibilities are much broader than copulatory ones. Literarily, reading about food is more interesting than reading about sex. The authors of The Physiology of Taste and of Histoire d’O, for example, are writers equally obsessed, but how charming is Brillat-Savarin’s obsession, how sickening Reage’s! Similarly, how delightful it is to hear someone describe a magnificent meal, or comical to hear a botched one described, whereas listening to the same person describe a seduction is almost invariably boring, if not repulsive. Perhaps the reason for this is that eating is the more social function, sex the more personal, and as such eating shows people in a greater multiplicity of poses, moods, and characters than does sex. Modern psychologists to the contrary, there is more going on at the table than in bed.
ATTRIBUTION: Joseph Epstein (b. 1937), U.S. author, editor. “Foodstuff and Nonsense,” Familiar Territory: Observations on American Life, Oxford University Press (1979).

Gluttony is not a secret vice.
Orson Welles

FEAST, n. A festival. A religious celebration usually signalized by gluttony and drunkenness, frequently in honor of some holy person distinguished for abstemiousness. In the Roman Catholic Church feasts are "movable" and "immovable," but the celebrants are uniformly immovable until they are full. In their earliest development these entertainments took the form of feasts for the dead; such were held by the Greeks, under the name _Nemeseia_, by the Aztecs and Peruvians, as in modern times they are popular with the Chinese; though it is believed that the ancient dead, like the modern, were light eaters. Among the many feasts of the Romans was the _Novemdiale_, which was held, according to Livy, whenever stones fell from heaven.
Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914), The Devil's Dictionary

GLUTTON, n. A person who escapes the evils of moderation by committing dyspepsia.
Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914), The Devil's Dictionary

I have a great diet. You're allowed to eat anything you want, but you must eat it with naked fat people.
-- Ed Bluestone

C is for cookie, it's good enough for me; oh cookie cookie cookie starts with C.
-- Cookie Monster, character on "Sesame Street," U.S. children's television program

I'm at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact, I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table.
-- Rodney Dangerfield

The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you're off it.
-- Jackie Gleason

He who does not mind his belly will hardly will hardly mind anything else.
-- Samuel Johnson

Researchers have discovered that chocolate produces some of the same reactions in the brain as marijuana...The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two, but can't remember what they are.
-- Matt Lauer, on NBC's "Today" show, August 22, 1996

Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy, character on "The Muppet Show," U.S. television show

The west wasn't won on salad.
-- ND Beef Council, billboard advertisement, 1990

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.
-- Elsa Schiapirelli

There is no sincerer love than the love of food.
-- George Bernard Shaw

Health food makes me sick.
-- Calvin Trillin

The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for 30 years she served nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.
-- Calvin Trillin

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