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Cooking Quotes

Cooking quotes and food quotes from chefs, cooks, writers, and people who appreciate food and cooking.

Good cooking is done with passion, creativity, and love.

Chefs and cooks are artists whose working material is food. Cooking is the art of using colors, tastes, smells, and forms to create exquisite dishes.

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Cooking Quotes about Food, Dishes and Kitchens

“Cooking is at once one of the simplest and most gratifying of the arts, but to cook well, one must love and respect food.” – Craig Claiborne

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“Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation – experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way.” – Paul Theroux

“To me, food is as much about the moment, the occasion, the location, and the company as it is about the taste.” – Heston Blumenthal

“The greatest dishes are very simple.” – Auguste Escoffier

“Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.” – Guy Fieri

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

“Kitchens are hard environments, and they form incredibly strong characters.” – Gordon Ramsay

“If you’re not the one cooking, stay out of the way and compliment the chef.” – Michael Strahan

“No one is born a great cook. One learns by doing.” – Julia Child

“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” – Alan D. Wolfelt

Happy Cooking Quotes

“A cook is an artist who creates eatable pieces of art.” – Remez Sasson

“Food brings people together on many different levels. It’s nourishment of the soul and body; it’s truly love.” – Giada De Laurentiis

“You have to be yourself when you are creating and cooking. You do what you need to do and you do it to the best of your ability.” – Leah Chase

“My two rules of cooking: keep it fresh and keep it simple.” – Michael Isabella

“Working in the kitchen is my soul and my life, and I love it. I’m not there because people expect to see me; I am there because I want to be.” – Heinz Beck

“Well, food’s always the way to anybody’s heart, I think, guy or girl.” – Josh Hutcherson

“Eating is so intimate. It’s very sensual. When you invite someone to sit at your table and you want to cook for them, you’re inviting a person into your life.”Maya Angelou

Funny Cooking Quotes

Cooking, can be fun, pleasure and joy. Here are some funny quotes.

“What my mother believed about cooking is that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you.” – Nora Ephron

“The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.” – Calvin Trillin

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” – Luciano Pavarotti

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

“While I’m not very talented at cooking, I am very talented at eating.” – Jens Voigt

“Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” – Ruth Reichl

“The only thing I like better than talking about food is eating.” – John Walters

“People like to eat out. It is one of the greatest joys of most people.” – Remez Sasson

“A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.” – Elisa Schiaparelli

“Non-cooks think it’s silly to invest two hours’ work in two minutes’ enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, so is the ballet.” – Julia Child

“Salt is the policeman of taste: it keeps the various flavors of a dish in order, and restrains the stronger from tyrannizing over the weaker.” – Malcolm De Chazal

“The man you love cooking for you is good for you too.” – Ana Castillo

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

“The way you make an omelet reveals your character.” – Anthony Bourdain

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

Love of Eating and Cooking Quotes

Some people like to cook, but most people like to eat. It is said that the easiest way to win someone’s heart is through the stomach.

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

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

“If cooking is what you love, do it with great vigor, pride, and excellence. It pleases me when I see guests conversing, noshing, happy and satisfied. I savor all the flavors of life.” – Kai Chase

“Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors – it’s how you combine them that sets you apart.” – Wolfgang Puck

“The most indispensable ingredient of all good home cooking: love for those you are cooking for.” – Sophia Loren

“The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight.” – M.F.K Fisher

“Cooking and eating are a feast of colors, smells, and tastes.” – Remez Sasson

“Food imaginatively and lovingly prepared, and eaten in good company, warms the being.” – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

When I come home to my kitchen, I realize it is there that I can best satisfy the eccentricities of my own palate.” – James Beard

“Cooking is one of the greatest gifts you can give to those you love.” – Ina Garten

“I really like rustic Mediterranean cooking. And I like trying out curry takeaways.” – Jack Dee

Cooking Quotes from Famous Chefs and Authors

Here are some quotes from famous chefs and authors who write about food.

“I still love football, though, and I think cooking is like football. It’s not a job, it’s a passion. When you become good at it, it’s a dream job and financially you need never to worry. Ever.” – Gordon Ramsay

“So when people ask me, ‘What do you think of Michelin?’ I don’t cook for guides. I cook for customers.” – Gordon Ramsay

“Food is a necessary component to life. People can live without Renoir, Mozart, Gaudi, Beckett, but they cannot live without food.” – Grant Achatz

“Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation—experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way.” – Paul Theroux

“The pressure on young chefs today is far greater than ever before in terms of social skills, marketing skills, cooking skills, personality and, more importantly, delivering on the plate. So you need to be strong. Physically fit. So my chefs get weighed every time they come into the kitchen.” – Gordon Ramsay

“The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star.” – Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

“The cool thing is that now that people have made this evolution where cooking is cool, people are doing it on weekends, they’re doing their own challenges. It’s back to cooking. And it’s real cooking.” – Emeril Lagasse

“One of the most meditative times of my day is when I’m cooking.” – Gabrielle Bernstein

More Quotes About Cooking from Famous Chefs

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces, just good food from fresh ingredients.” – Julia Child

“It’s okay to play with your food.” – Emeril Lagasse

“Cooking is the ultimate giving.” – Jamie Oliver

“I always say that I don’t believe I’m a chef. I try to be a storyteller.” – Jose Andrés

“Although the skills aren’t hard to learn, finding the happiness and finding the satisfaction and finding fulfillment in continuously serving somebody else something good to eat, is what makes a really good restaurant.” – Mario Batali

“I think to be a great chef you have to be a great teacher. I love doing classes with people who love food and enjoy food, bringing them all around one table so to speak.” – Michael Symon

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