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Kitchen Quotes

“In department stores, so much kitchen equipment is bought indiscriminately by people who just come in for men's underwear.”
Julia Child (1912-2004)
 

“The taste of the Kitchen is better than the smell.”
Thomas Fuller
 

“A man who loves good food has a way of making it gravitate toward his kitchen.”
Angelo Pellegrini, 'The Unprejudiced Palate' (1948)
 

"A good kitchen should be sufficiently remote from the principal apartments of the house, that the members, visitors, or guests of the family, may not perceive the odour incident to cooking, or hear the noise of culinary operations."
Mrs. Isabella Beeton, ‘Book of Household Management’, 1861
 

"We owe much to the fruitful meditation of our sages, but a sane view of life is, after all, elaborated mainly in the kitchen."
Joseph Conrad
 

“A fat kitchin, a lean Will.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Poor Richard's Almanac
 

"I don't like to say that my kitchen is a religious place, but I would say that if I were a voodoo priestess, I would conduct my rituals there."
Pearl Bailey, ‘Pearl's Kitchen’
 

"But, lady, as women, what wisdom may be ours if not the philosophies of the kitchen? Lupercio Leonardo spoke well when he said: 'how well one may philosophize when preparing dinner.' And I often say, when observing these trivial details: had Aristotle prepared vituals [sic], he would have written more."
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, 18th century nun
 

"When I'm old and gray, I want to have a house by the sea. And paint. With a lot of wonderful chums, good music and booze around. And a damn good kitchen to cook in."
Ava Gardner
 

"a messy kitchen is a happy kitchen and this kitchen is delirious"
Unknown
 

"Countless number of people have eaten in this kitchen and gone on to lead normal lives"
Unknown
 

"The thing that would astonish anyone coming for the first time into the service quarters of a hotel would be the fearful noise and disorder during rush hours. It is something so different from the steady work in a shop or a factory that it looks at first sight like mere bad management. But it is really quite unavoidable...by its nature it comes in rushes and cannot be economized. You cannot, for instance, grill a steak two hours before it is wanted; you have to wait till the last moment, by which time a mass of other work has accumulated, and then to do it all together, in frantic haste. The result is that at meal-times everyone is doing two men's work, which is impossible without noise and quarreling. Indeed the quarrels are a necessary part of the process, for the pace would never be kept up if everyone did not accuse everyone else of idling. It was for this reason that during rush hours the whole staff cursed like demons."
George Orwell, ‘Down and Out in Paris and London’
 

"In the childhood memories of every good cook, there's a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom."
Barbara Costikyan
 

"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."
Harry S Truman (1884-1972)
 

"My kitchen is a mystical place, a kind of temple for me. It is a place where the surfaces seem to have significance, where the sounds and odors carry meaning that transfers from the past and bridges to the future."
Pearl Bailey
 

"From morning till night, sounds drift from the kitchen, most of them familiar and comforting....On days when warmth is the most important need of the human heart, the kitchen is the place you can find it; it dries the wet sock, it cools the hot little brain."
E.B.White, American writer and humorist; contributed to ‘New Yorker’; wrote ‘Charlotte's Web’ (1899-1985)
 

“The kitchen, reasonabley enough, was the scene of my first gastronomic adventure. I was on all fours. I crawled into the vegetable bin, settled on a giant onion and ate it, skin and all. It must have marked me for life, for I have never ceased to love the hearty flavor of raw onions.”
James Beard (1903-1985)
 

“Ever a glutton, at another's cost,
But in whose kitchen dwells perpetual frost.”

John Dryden (1631-1700) 'Fourth Satire of Persius'
 

“Give me the provisions and whole apparatus of a kitchen, and I would starve.”
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, French essayist (1533-1592)
 

“Some sensible person once remarked that you spend the whole of your life either in your bed or in your shoes. Having done the best you can by shoes and bed, devote all the time and resources at your disposal to the building up of a fine kitchen. It will be, as it should be, the most comforting and comfortable room in the house.”
Elizabeth David (1913-1992) ‘French Country Cooking’
 

“The economy of the kitchen is only a counterpart, in its simplicity or complication, its rudeness or luxury, of the economy of the State. The perfectibility of cookery indicates the perfectibility of society. The progress of cookery is the progress of civilisation.”
Frederick W. Hackwood, ‘Good Cheer’ (1911)
 

“The kitchen is the great laboratory of the household, and much of the 'weal and woe' as far as regards bodily health, depends on the nature of the preparations concocted within its walls.”
Isabella Beeton (1836-1865)
‘The Book of Household Management’ (1861)

 

“The kitchen is a country in which there are always discoveries to be made.”
Grimod de la Reynière (1758-1838)

 

 

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