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Pleasures of Food Quotes

“The chief pleasure in eating does not consist in costly seasoning, or exquisite flavor, but in yourself.”
Horace (65-8 B.C.) Roman lyric poet.


"The chef, or cook, proportions, assembles, and prepares various products of the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms, creating food for the epicure. The aesthetic pleasure induced by food can be so closely related to that produced by certain music and other arts, as to defy separation or separate identification."
Merle Armitage, 'Fit For A King' (1937)


"Noncooks think it's silly to invest two hours' work in two minutes' enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, so is the ballet."
Julia Child


"Give me book, fruit, French wine, and fine weather and a little music out of doors played by someone I do not know."
John Keats


"Some people like to paint pictures, or do gardening, or build a boat in the basement. Other people get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music."
Julia Child


"Talking of Pleasure, this moment I was writing with one hand, and with the other holding to my Mouth a Nectarine -- how good how fine. It went down all pulpy, slushy, oozy, all its delicious embonpoint melted down my throat like a large, beatified Strawberry."
John Keats (1795-1821)


"Show me another pleasure like dinner which comes every day and lasts an hour."
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand (1754-1838)


“A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon the table than when his wife talks Greek.”
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


“The art of dining well is no slight art, the pleasure no slight pleasure.”
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, French essayist (1533-1592)
‘Essays’ (1580-1588)


“Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.”
Voltaire (Pen name of Francois Marie Arouet, French writer and philosopher, one of the leaders of the Enlightenment)


“Plain fare gives as much pleasure as a costly diet, while bread and water confer the highest possible pleasure when they are brought to hungry lips.”
Epicurus (341?-270 BC)


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