"I don't see why people make such a to-do about choosing a new cook. There is only one thing that is absolutely essential. I always ask at once, 'Do you drink?", and if she says 'No!' I bow politely and say that I am very sorry but I fear that she will not suit. All good cooks drink."
James S McNeill Whistler quoted in 'Life Was Worth Living’ by Graham Robertson.
"The fact is that it takes more than ingredients and technique to cook a good meal. A good cook puts something of himself into the preparation -- he cooks with enjoyment, anticipation, spontaneity, and he is willing to experiment."
Pearl Bailey, ‘Pearl's Kitchen’, (1973)
"A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness."
Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) ‘Shocking Life’
"It is the sauce that distinguishes a good chef. The Saucier is a soloist in the orchestra of a great kitchen."
"The qualities of an exceptional cook are akin to those of a successful tightrope walker: an abiding passion for the task, courage to go out on a limb and an impeccable sense of balance."
Bryan Miller, ‘N.Y. Times’ 10/23/83
“When you become a good cook, you become a good craftsman, first. You repeat and repeat and repeat until your hands know how to move without thinking about it.”
“A good cook is not necessarily a good woman with an even temper. Some allowance should be made for artistic temperament.”
X. Marcel Boulestin , chef, food writer (1878-1943)
‘Simple French Cooking for English Homes’ (1923)
“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)
“A good cook is....an artist whom one may bless after having eaten the courses he has served, an officer who will make one's table the envy of all who have shared its good cheer, a seneschal of grave mien and imposing presence, conscientious in his work, prolific in resources, proud of his art, who gives dignity to his labours.”
Isabella Beeton (1836-1865)
‘The Book of Household Management’ (1861)
“The ambition of every good cook must be to make something very good with the fewest possible ingredients.”
Urbain Dubois (1818-1901)
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