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Host Food Quotes

“Soup is to the meal, what the hostesses smile of welcome is to the party.  A prelude to the goodness to come.”
Louis P. De Gouy, The Soup Book (1949)


"For a rich man the finest role in the world is that of host."
Grimod de la Reyniere (1758-1838)


"A host is like a general: it takes a mishap to reveal his genius."
Horace, Roman lyric poet (65 -8 B.C.)


“A host at a table where a guest is obliged to ask, is a host dishonored.”
‘La Petite Cuisine’, du baron Brisse (1870)


“One more drink and I'll be under the host.”
Dorothy Parker


When asked by a social-climbing Paris hostess how he liked his truffles, he replied,
"In great quantity, madame. In great quantity."

Curnonsky  (1872-1956)


“For a gourmet wine is not a drink but a condiment, provided that your host has chosen correctly.”
Edouard De Pomaine, French author


“To order and conduct a dinner is given only to fine gastronomes, of delicate and cultivated tastes; an able host is as rare as a good cook.”
Lucien Tendret (1825-1896)


“To make people who have no appetite eat, to make the wit of those who have it sparkle, to enable those who want these qualities to find them -- this is the supreme science of a gastronome-host.”
Lucien Tendret (1825-1896)



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