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Indispensable Food Quotes

“The most indispensable quality of a cook is promptness, and it should be that of the diner as well.”

Jean-Antheleme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)
‘The Physiology of Taste’ (1825)


“Everything I eat has been proved by some doctor or other to be a deadly poison, and everything I don't eat has been proved to be indispensable to life.....But I go marching on.”

George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright (1856-1950)


Oysters are the usual opening to a winter breakfast;;;;Indeed, they are almost indispensable.”

Grimod de la Reynière (1758-1838)


“Fish is held out to be one of the greatest luxuries of the table and not only necessary, but even indispensable at all dinners where there is any pretence of excellence or fashion.”

Isabella Beeton (1836-1865)


“Pork - no animal is more used for nourishment and none more indispensable in the kitchen; employed either fresh or salt, all is useful, even to its bristles and its blood; it is the superfluous riches of the farmer, and helps to pay the rent of the cottager.”

Alexis Soyer 19th century French chef
‘The Modern Housewife’ (1851)



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