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Exquisite Food Quotes

“I think nothing is more exquisite than beef in Kummel, garnished with slices of banana stuffed with Gruyere or pureed sardines with Camembert or whipped cream with tomato sprinkled with brandy or a chicken with lily of the valley.”
Chef Jules Maincave (1910)
quoted in ‘Larousse Gastronomique’


Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn't illegal.”
Voltaire (1694-1778)


“How can one make friends without exquisite dishes!  It is mainly through the table that one governs!”
Jean-Jacques Regis de Cambaceres (1713-1824)


“It (pheasant) is the king of earthly poultry, as the primacy of aquatic birds belongs to the swan. What more exquisite flesh can you eat.”
Olivier de Serre


Food...can look beautiful, taste exquisite, smell wonderful, make people feel good, bring them together, inspire romantic feelings....At its most basic, it is fuel for a hungry machine;....”
Rosamond Richardson, English cookery author


“What will be the death of me are buillabaisses, food spiced with pimiento, shellfish, and a load of exquisite rubbish which I eat in disproportionate quantities.”
Emile Zola, French writer(1840-1902)


“If the divine creator has taken pains to give us delicious and exquisite things to eat, the least we can do is prepare them well and serve them with ceremony.”
Fernand Point (1897-1955)


“Boiled cabbage à l'Anglaise is something compared with which steamed coarse newsprint bought from bankrupt Finnish salvage dealers and heated over smoky oil stoves is an exquisite delicacy.”
William Connor, Daily Mirror, England (1950)



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