There’s a lot to be said for bygone foods, so who said it best?

1. “Maybe the cat has fallen into the stew, or the lettuce has frozen, or the cake has collapsed. Eh bien, tant pis. Usually one’s cooking is better than one thinks it is. And if the food is truly vile, then the cook must simply grit her teeth and bear it with a smile, and learn from her mistakes.”

Julia Child.

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2. “There’s only one convenience in convenience food: profit for the manufacturers. It’s a load of muck.”

Fanny Craddock.

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3. “I prefer to regard a dessert as I would imagine the perfect woman: subtle, a little bittersweet, not blowsy and extrovert. Delicately made up, not highly rouged. Holding back, not exposing everything and, of course, with a flavour that lasts.”

Graham Kerr.

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4. “We know, for instance, that there is a direct, inverse relationship between frequency of family meals and social problems. Bluntly stated, members of families who eat together regularly are statistically less likely to stick up liquor stores, blow up meth labs, give birth to crack babies, commit suicide, or make donkey porn. If Little Timmy had just had more meatloaf, he might not have grown up to fill chest freezers with Cub Scout parts.”

Anthony Bourdain.

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5. “Don’t get fancy. Have you cooked an apple pie? You don’t know what you did wrong? Do this: Take two or three apples. Put them on a table. Study them.”

Paul Prudhomme.

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6. “Raw ingredients trump recipes every time; farmers and ranchers who coax the best from the earth can make any of us appear to be a great cook.”

Judy Rodgers.


7. “No geniuses have ever come from the kitchen. We are simply the bridge between nature and our clients.”

Alain Ducasse.

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8. “Never let ’em see you sweat. Guests feel guilty if they think you’ve worked too hard to make dinner for them – which of course you have!”

Ina Garten.

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9. “You don’t want to make a steady diet of just lettuce. You don’t want to make a steady diet of fried chicken.”

Paula Deen.

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10. “I am zee Swedish chef, and cook dem apples.”

– Swedish Chef from The Muppets. 

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