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Americans - Food Quotes

“Eating at fast food outlets and other restaurants is simply a manifestation of the commodification of time coupled with the relatively low value many Americans have placed on the food they eat.”
Andrew F. Smith
‘Encyclopedia of Junk food and Fast Food’ (2006)


“America is now the fattest country in the world and getting fatter every day.”
Executive of H.J. Heinz Co.
(Heinz has the franchise for Weight Watchers foods, with over 1 1/2 billion dollars in sales each year).


“To a foreigner a Yankee is an American. To an American a Yankee is a Northerner. To a Northerner a Yankee is a New Englander. To a New Englander a Yankee is a Vermonter. To a Vermonter a Yankee is a person who eats apple pie for breakfast.”
(Traditional saying) Michael Owen Jones
Journal of American Folklore (Spring 2007)


“In America we eat, collectively, with a glum urge for food to fill us. We are ignorant of flavour. We are as a nation taste-blind.”
M.F.K. Fisher

“The American does not drink at meals as a sensible man should. Indeed, he has no meals. He stuffs for ten minutes thrice a day.”
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

“America is a land of healthy appetites. It is not in the American character to live in order to eat. Rather, the reverse is true. Many try, but just as Americans don't make good gigolos, nether do they make good gourmets.”
Ludwig Bemelmans, 'La Bonne Table’ (1964)
(‘Choice Cuts’ by Mark Kurlansky, 2002)

“Americans can eat garbage, provided you sprinkle it liberally with ketchup, mustard, chili sauce, tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper, or any other condiment which destroys the original flavor of the dish.”
Henry Miller, American writer (1891-1980)

“Food, one assumes, provides nourishment; but Americans eat it fully aware that small amounts of poison have been added to improve its appearance and delay its putrefaction.”
John Cage

“Americans are just beginning to regard food the way the French always have. Dinner is not what you do in the evening before something else. Dinner is the evening.”
Art Buchwald

“All in all, I think the British actually hate food, otherwise they couldn't possibly abuse it so badly. Americans, on the other hand, love food but seldom care what it tastes like.”
Bill Marsano


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