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Finger Food Quotes

“Eat with the fingers, drink with the nose.”
Joseph Delteil (1894-1978)
‘La Cuisine paleolithique’ (1964)


“They say fingers were made before forks, and hands before knives.”
Jonathan Swift
Polite and Ingenious Conversations (1738)


“Marry, sir, 'tis an ill cook that cannt lick his own fingers.
Therefore he that cannot lick his fingers goes not with me.”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) ‘Romeo and Juliet’


“It's so beautifully arranged on the plate -- you know someone's fingers have been all over it.”
Julia Child on nouvelle cuisine (1912-2004)


“A good cook is the peculiar gift of the gods. He must be a perfect creature from the brain to the palate, from the palate to the finger's end.”
Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864)
‘Imaginary Conversations’


“When she goes about her kitchen duties, chopping, carving, mixing, whisking, she moves with the grace and precision of a ballet dancer, her fingers plying the food with the dexterity of a croupier.”
Craig Claiborne


“The stomach heaves when one receives from a valet a goblet bearing the greasy imprint of his sauce-stained fingers, and when one sees at the bottom the filthy dregs collected there.”
Horace, Roman lyric poet(65 -8 B.C.)


“They [potatoes] are good for boys' cold fingers at suppertime on winter nights.”
Marion Harland
‘Common Sense in the Household’ (1873)


“Be careful not to be the first to put your hands in the dish. What you cannot hold in your hands you must put on your plate. Also it is a great breach of etiquette when your fingers are dirty and greasy, to bring them to your mouth in order to lick them, or to clean them on your jacket. It would be more decent to use the tablecloth.”
Desiderius Erasmus (1466?-1536). In his 'Treatise on manners' published in 1530, before the widespread use of forks.


“Fancy cream puffs so soon after breakfast. The very idea made one shudder. All the same, two minutes later Jose and Laura were licking their fingers with that absorbed inward look that comes only from whipped cream.”
Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923)


“If a man be sensible and one fine morning, while he is lying in bed, count at the tips of his fingers how many things in this life truly will give him enjoyment, invariably he will find food is the first one.”
Lin Yutang (1895-1976)



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