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“The difference between good and bad cookery can scarcely be more strikingly shown than in the manner in which sauces are prepared and served. If well made....they prove that both skill and taste have been exerted in its arrangements. When coarsely or carelessly prepared....they greatly discredit the cook.”
Eliza Acton, ‘Modern Cookery for Private Families’ (1845)


“The fricassee with dumplings is made by a Mrs. Miller whose husband has left her four times on account of her disposition and returned four times on account of her cooking and is still there.”
Lily Rowan to Archie Goodwin in 'Some Buried Caesar' a Nero Wolfe Mystery by Rex Stout


“Fake food -- I mean those patented substances chemically flavored and mechanically bulked out to kill the appetite and deceive the gut -- is unnatural, almost immoral, a bane to good eating and good cooking.”
Julia Child (1912-?)


"Good painting is like good cooking; it can be tasted, but not explained."
Maurice de Vlaminck


"I don't like gourmet cooking or 'this' cooking or 'that' cooking. I like 'good cooking.'"
James Beard, (1903-1985)


"Good cooking does not depend on whether the dish is large or small, expensive or economical. If one has the art, then a piece of celery or salted cabbage can be made into a marvelous delicacy; whereas if one has not the art, not all the greatest delicacies and rarities of land, sea or sky are of any avail."
Yuan Mei


"Skilful and refined cookery has always been a feature of the most glorious epochs in history."
Lucien Tendret,  French lawyer and gastronome; great-nephew of Brillat-Savarin. (1825-1896)


“I have eaten my way through six inheritances in the great restaurants, so I know what good cuisine is all about.”
Denis (Lahana Denis) (1909-1981)


“It may be safely averred that good cookery is the best and truest economy, turning to full account every wholesome article of food, and converting into palatable meals what the ignorant either render uneatable or throw away in disdain.”
Eliza Acton
‘Modern Cookery for Private Families’ (1845)


“When we no longer have good cooking in the world, we will have no literature, nor high and sharp intelligence, nor friendly gatherings, no social harmony.”
Marie-Antoine Careme



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