Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are. —Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755 – 1826), The Physiology of Taste, 1825

Health food makes me sick. –Calvin Trillin (1935 – )

Bear in mind that you should conduct yourself in life as at a feast. –Epictetus (55 AD – 135 AD)

You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.
Julia Child (1912 – 2004)

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. –Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch. –Orson Welles (1915 – 1985)

Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat. –Socrates (469 BC – 399 BC)

Those who forget the pasta are condemned to reheat it.

He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise. ~Henry David Thoreau

The whole of nature, as has been said, is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and in the passive. ~William Ralph Inge

I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food. –W. C. Fields

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

“Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.”
Sophia Loren

“What is most troubling, and sad, about industrial eating is how thoroughly it obscures all these relationships and connections. To go from the chicken (Gallus gallus) to the Chicken McNugget is to leave this world in a journey of forgetting that could hardly be more costly, not only in terms of the animal’s pain but in our pleasure, too. But forgetting, or not knowing in the first place, is what the industrial food chain is all about, the principal reason it is so opaque, for if we could see what lies on the far side of the increasingly high walls of our industrial agriculture, we would surely change the way we eat.”
Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals


One Response to Quotations

  1. David Bennett says:

    Jay, thanks for another delightful and surprising blog, The Berkeley Diet. Not only did I learn about several new –to me– places to dine, but also learned about Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. I’ve added his books to my reading list. Thanks again for your sharing your enthusiasms!

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