“'There is no such passion in human nature as the passion for gravy among commercial gentlemen.....a whole animal wouldn't yield the amount of gravy they expect at dinner. And what I have undergone in consequence,' cried Mrs Todgers, raising her eyes and shaking her head, 'no one would believe!'”
Charles Dickens, 'Martin Chuzzlewit' (1844)
"Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it."
“Men become passionately attached to women who know how to cosset them with delicate tidbits.”
Honoré de Balzac (1799-1859)
“The qualities of an exceptional cook are akin to those of a successful tightrope walker: an abiding passion for the task, courage to go out on a limb and an impeccable sense of balance.”
Bryan Miller, N.Y. Times 10/23/83
“All passions, rationalized and controlled, become an art: gastronomy, more than any other passion, is sensitive to rationalism and direction.”
Charles Pierre Monselet (1825-1888)
“Gourmandism seeks out all the courtesies and all the refinements. It is the only passion that does not leave behind any remorse, sorrow, or suffering.”
“The trade of advertising is now so near to perfection that it is not easy to propose any improvement. But as every art ought to be exercized in due subordination to the public good, I cannot but propose it as a moral question to these masters of the public ear, whether they do not sometimes play too wantonly with our passions.”
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) 'The Idler' (1759)
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