25 Favorite Quotes About Food

June 24, 2018 Last Updated: June 24, 2018

George Bernard Shaw once said, “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”

Food. Such a simple word and yet such a complex one at the same time. The fuel for our bodies, indispensable for life. For most of us, it is seen as joyful, a source of comfort, the epicenter of a meal shared with loved ones. The raw material and basis of cooking and dining can range from the simplest to the most sophisticated culinary art. It’s an endless topic when we start reviewing how food is consumed culturally around the world. For those less fortunate, we should not forget, food can also be a struggle. Here is a compilation of some of my favorite quotes on this (not so simple, after all) word: food.

1. “If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat … The people who give you their food give you their heart.” —Cesar Chavez

2. “First we eat, then we do everything else.”—M.F.K. Fisher

3. “Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat.”—Guy Fieri

4. “People who love to eat are always the best people.”—Julia Child

5. “My weaknesses have always been food and men—in that order.”—Dolly Parton

6. “To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.”—François de la Rochefoucauld

7. “I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression”—Maya Angelou

8. “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”—J.R.R. Tolkien

9. “You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.”—Paul Prudhomme

10. “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”—Charles M. Schulz

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

12. “Life is a combination of magic and pasta.”—Federico Fellini

13. “There is no sight on earth more appealing than the sight of a woman making dinner for someone she loves.”—Thomas Wolfe

14. “My doctor told me I had to stop throwing intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people.”—Orson Welles

15. “The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”—Mark Twain

16. “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”—Virginia Woolf

17. “Let’s face it, a nice chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.”—Audrey Hepburn

18. “Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from the get-go.”—Anthony Bourdain

19. “You are what you eat”—Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

20. “Stressed spelled backwards is dessert. Coincidence? I think not.”—Unknown

21. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”—Hippocrates

22.“Food is a lot of people’s therapy. When we say comfort food, we really mean that. It’s releasing dopamine and serotonin in your brain that makes you feel good.”—Brett Hoebel

23. “Wine is bottled poetry.”—Robert Louis Stevenson

24. “Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments.”—Bethenny Frankel

25. “A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe.”—Thomas Keller

Author Sibylle Eschapasse and her brother Thomas Eschapasse enjoying a dinner in New York (Minkyoung Eschapasse)