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Food Poetry Quotes

“There is poetry in a pork chop to a hungry man.”
Philip Gibbs (NY Times 1951)

 

“Confectionary is the poetry of epicurism it throws over the heavy enjoyments of the table the relief of a milder indulgence, and dispenses the delights of a lighter and more harmless gratification of the appetite.”
The Complete Confectioner, Pastry-Cook, and Baker’
by Parkinson, Practical Confectioner (1864)

 

"Any healthy man can go without food for two days -- but not without poetry."
Charles Baudelaire, French poet (1821-1867)

 

"A poem was never worth as much as a dinner."
Joseph Berchoux (1768-1839)

 

"No poems can live long or please that are written by water-drinkers."
Horace, Roman lyric poet (65 -8 B.C.)

 

Wine is bottled poetry.”
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

 

“We may live without poetry, music and art; We may live without conscience, and live without heart; We may live without friends; we may live without books; But civilized man cannot live without cooks.”
Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1831-1891) ‘Lucile’ (1860)

 

“The Greeks' fierce pride in their heritage has kept the basic culture intact. Whether a slave under Roman rule, a captive under Turkish domination, or a newly arrived immigrant, the Greek is always aware that he is the direct descendant of men like Plato, Homer, Aristotle, Demosthenes, Aristophanes. The Greek who begins life in a new land on the bottom step of society as a dishwasher needs only to remember how Aesop left a legacy of poetry while cooking as a slave.”
Theresa Yianilos, 'The Complete Greek Cookbook'
 

 

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