Food History Quotes

"Food history is as important as a baroque church. Governments should recognize cultural heritage and protect traditional foods.  A cheese is as worthy of preserving as a sixteenth-century building."
Carlo Petrini

 

“A soup like this is not the work of one man. It is the result of a constantly refined tradition. There are nearly a thousand years of history in this soup.”
Willa Cather, 'Death Comes for the Archbishop' (1927)

 

“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.”
Dave Barry

 

“The history of government regulation of food safety is one of government watchdogs chasing the horse after it's out of the barn.”
David A. Kessler, M.D. (FDA Commissioner)

 

“Throughout history, the Poles have defended Europe. They would fight, and - between battles - they would eat and drink.”
E. de Pomiand

 

“Let us candidly admit that there are shameful blemishes on the American past, of which the worst by far is rum. Nevertheless, we have improved man's lot and enriched his civilization with rye, bourbon and the Martini cocktail. In all history has any other nation done so much?”
Bernard De Voto (1897-1955) American writer and critic.

 

“If the melting pot exists, the cheeseburger may well be its most palpable product; to take a bite of it is to take a bite of history...”
Elizabeth Rozin, ‘Primal Cheeseburger’

 

“All human history attests That happiness for man,--the hungry sinner!-- Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner.”
Lord Byron (1788-1824)
‘The Island’, Canto xiii Stanza 99

 

“Skilful and refined cookery has always been a feature of the most glorious epochs in history.”
Lucien Tendret  (1825-1896)

 

“Woman's success in lifting men out of their way of life nearly resembling that of the beasts -- who merely hunted and fished for food, who found shelter where they could in jungles, in trees, and caves -- was a civilizing triumph.”
Mary Ritter Beard (1876-1958) US historian, writer, ‘Woman as a Force in History’ (1946)

 

“If I go down in for anything in history, I would like to be known as the person who convinced the American people that catfish is one of the finest eating fishes in the world.”
Willard Scott (The Today Show)

 

 

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