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Quotes about food and the world

Hey all,

Can anyone help me out? I'm looking for some quotes that speak to experiencing the tastes of the world on a platter -- quotations that include references to international cuisine, fabulous dishes, the art of cooking and the joy of eating. Any suggestions?

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  1. This is the first thing that came to mind.

    How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?
    Charles De Gaulle

    1. I immediately thought of Brillat-Savarin. Here are but a few....

      "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are."

      "The discovery of a new dish confers more happiness on humanity, than the discovery of a new star."

      "If any man has drunk a little too deeply from the cup of physical pleasure; if he has spent too much time at his desk that should have been spent asleep; if his fine spirits have become temporarily dulled; if he finds the air too damp, the minutes too slow, and the atmosphere too heavy to withstand; if he is obsessed by a fixed idea which bars him from any freedom of thought: if he is any of these poor creatures, we say, let him be given a good pint of amber-flavored chocolate... and marvels will be performed."

      "The joys of the table belong equally to all ages, conditions, countries and times; they mix with all other pleasures, and remain the last to console us for their loss."

      "Gourmandise is an impassioned, rational and habitual preference for all objects that flatter the sense of taste."

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      1. re: cackalackie

        jjbourgeois, cackalackie -- Thank you both. These are definitely helpful! :)

      2. if you have any Iron Chef episodes on your DVR, you might want to try skipping all the way to the very end to altons closing statements of each episode. sometimes they arent actually relevant to food, but sometimes he uses some quotes that you might find useful

        1. From a French source, but I don't know from where,
          " A day without wine is like a day without sunshine." (Which may explain why the French find Jerry Lewis so funny.)

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          1. re: Rmis32

            Along the same lines: "Apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze." Or Brillat-Savarin's somewhat similar proclamation: "Dessert without cheese is like a woman who has lost an eye."

          2. This doesn't quite fit the request, but I like it anyway.
            Frank Zappa.

            You can't be a Real Country unless you have a BEER and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of a football team or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a BEER.

            1. Wretches, utter wretches, keep your hands from beans--
              EMPEDOLCES !

              1. All sorrows are less with bread.
                – Miguel de Cervantes

                A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
                – Aesop

                So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being.
                – Franz Kafka

                An empty belly is the best cook.
                – Estonian Proverb

                Cheese – milk’s leap toward immortality.
                – Clifton Fadiman

                You could probably get through life without knowing how to roast a chicken, but the question is, would you want to?
                – Nigella Lawson

                and my favorite:

                How can a nation be great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?
                – Julia Child

                1. These 4 speak to me:

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

                  Spaghetti can be eaten most successfully if you inhale it like a vacuum cleaner.
                  – Sofia Loren

                  If it has four legs and it’s not a table, eat it.
                  – Cantonese saying.

                  Cucumber should be well sliced, dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out.
                  - Samuel Johnson