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Men & Food Quotes

"Salmon are like men: too soft a life is not good for them."
James de Coquet

“Men & Melons are hard to know.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) ‘Poor Richard's Almanac’

“'Tis not a year of two shows us a man:
 They are all but stomach, and we all but food;
To eat us hungerly, and when they are full,
They belch us.”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Emilia to Desdemona, 'Othello'


“What is man, when you come to think upon him, but a minutely set, ingenious machine for turning with infininite artfulness, the red wine of Shiraz into urine?"
Isak Dineson, Danish author (1885-1962)

“Men become passionately attached to women who know how to cosset them with delicate tidbits.”
Honoré de Balzac (1799-1859)

Oysters are very unsatisfactory food for the labouring men, but will do for the sedentary, and for a supper to sleep on.”
Albert J. Bellows, ‘The Philosophy of Eating’ (1867)

“Much Virtue in Herbs, little in Men.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) ‘Poor Richard's Almanac’

Cabbage: A vegetable about as large and wise as a man's head.”
Ambrose Bierce

“It takes four men to dress a salad: a wise man for the salt, a madman for the pepper, a miser for the vinegar, and a spendthrift for the oil.”

Fools make feasts, and wise men eat them.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

“A man who drinks only water has a secret to hide from his fellow men.”
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet

“All the ingenious men, and all the scientific men, and all the imaginative men in the world could never invent, if all their wits were boiled into one, anything so curious and so ridiculous as the lobster.”
Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)

“Everything is done at dinner in the century in which we live, and it is by these dinners that men are governed.”
Charles Pierre Monselet (1825-1888)

“When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking.”
Gail Sheehy

“When the waitress puts the dinner on the table the old men look at the dinner.  The young men look at the waitress.”
Gelett Burgess, ‘Look Eleven Years Younger’ (1937)

“There is a vast difference between the savage and the civilised man, but it is never apparent to their wives until after breakfast.”
Helen Rowland (1876-1950) ‘A Guide to Men’

“Water is the only drink for a wise man.”
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

“Since the days of Nimrod, the first hunter, every household has been stirred to its foundation every now and then by a male member stalking in with some wild thing 'plucked from the forest' and demanding that 'you cook it.'  Then it is that the faithful wife trembles with emotion.  All eyes are upon her. Her ability in the estimation of her husband will rise or fall with that goose.”
‘A Book for A Cook’, The Pillsbury Co. (1905)

“A woman who knows how to compose a soup or a salad that is perfectly harmonious in flavour ought to be clever at mixing together the sweet and harsh elements of a man's character, and she will understand how to charm and keep forever her husband's heart and soul.”
Berjane, ‘French Dishes for English Tables’ (1931)
M.F.K. Fisher's translation of ‘The Physiology of taste’



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