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Murder & Food Quotes

“Always harder to keep murder secret than for egg to bounce on sidewalk.”
Charlie Chan (Warner Oland)

 

“Murder is commoner among cooks than among members of any other profession.”
W.H. Auden, writer, poet (1907-1973)

 

“Murder like potato chip - cannot stop at just one.”
Charlie Chan

 

“I want to do my share, you know that, Archie, but I can't make good glace de viande if I have to be watching murderers.”
Fritz the chef in 'Kill Now-Pay Later' (1961) Rex Stout

 

“The carp was dead, killed, assassinated, murdered in the first, second and third degree. Limp, I fell into a chair, with my hands still unwashed reached for a cigarette, lighted it, and waited for the police to come and take me into custody.”
Alice B. Toklas, American writer (1877-1967)

 

“Half of the receipts in our cookbooks are mere murder to such constitutions and stomachs as we grow here......in America, owing to our brighter skies and more fervid climate, we have developed an acute, nervous delicacy of temperament far more akin to that of France than of England.”
Catherine Beecher
‘Miss Beecher's Domestic Receipt Book’ (1846)

 

Cook-books have always intrigued and seduced me. When I was still a dilettante in the kitchen they held my attention, even the dull ones, from cover to cover, the way crime and murder stories did.”
Gertrude Stein

 

“All the great villainies of history, from the murder of Abel onward, have been perpetrated by sober men, chiefly by Teetotalers.”
H.L. Mencken (1880-1956) American editor and critic.

 

"The parlour cars and Pullmans are packed also with scented assassins, salad-eaters who murder on milk."
W.H. Auden, ‘Age of Anxiety’ (1947)
 

 

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