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Smell & Food Quotes

"The smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls, ready to remind us....."
Marcel Proust (French writer).


"Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have live ."

Helen Keller

"...smell and taste are in fact but a single composite sense, whose laboratory is the mouth and its chimney the nose...."
Jean-Antheleme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)


"For unknown foods, the nose acts always as a sentinal and cries. 'Who goes there?'"
Jean-Antheleme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)


Fish is the only food that is considered spoiled once it smells like what it is.”
P. J. O'Rourke (1947 - )


“Presently, we were aware of an odour gradually coming towards us, something musky, fiery, savoury, mysterious, -- a hot drowsy smell, that lulls the senses, and yeat enflames them, -- the truffles were coming.”
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)


“Hallo! A great deal of steam! the pudding was out of the copper. A smell like a washing-day! That was the cloth. A smell like an eating-house and a pastrycook's next door to each other, with a laundress's next door to that. That was the pudding.”
Charles Dickens (1812-1870). 'A Christmas Carol'


“The smell of roasting meat together with that of burning fruit wood and dried herbs, as voluptuous as incense in a church, is enough to turn anyone into a budding gastronome.”
Claudia Roden, food writer, ‘Picnic’ (1981)


“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.”
Doug Larson


“The smell of coffee cooking was a reason for growing up, because children were never allowed to have it and nothing haunted the nostrils all the way out to the barn as did the aroma of boiling coffee.”
Edna Lewis, author of 'The Taste of Country Cooking'


“Of the many smells of Athens two seem to me the most characteristic - that of garlic, bold and deadly like acetylene gas. and that of dust, soft and warm and caressing like tweed.”
Evelyn Waugh. ‘When the Going was Good’ (1946)


“Of all smells, bread; of all tastes, salt.”
George Herbert, English poet


“An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.”
H.L. Mencken


“We plan, we toil, we suffer -- in the hope of what? A camel-load of idol's eyes? The title deeds of Radio City? The empire of Asia? A trip to the moon? No, no, no, no. Simply to wake up just in time to smell coffee and bacon and eggs. And, again I cry, how rarely it happens! But when it does happen -- then what a moment, what a morning, what a delight!”
J. B. Priestley, British author (1894-1984)


“Liza poured thick batter from a pitcher onto a soapstone griddle. The hot cakes rose like little hassocks, and small volcanoes formed and erupted on them until they were ready to be turned. A cheerful brown, they were, with tracings of darker brown. And the kitchen was full of the good sweet smell of them.”
John Steinbeck, ‘East of Eden’


“Much more of Garlick would be used for its wholesomeness, were it not for the offensive smell it gives to the by-Standers.”
John Woolridge, ‘The Art of Gardening’ (1688)


“The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight...”
M. F. K. Fisher (1908-1992) ‘The Art of Eating’


“Some hours after eating this dish [lièvre à la royale, which contains 20 cloves of garlic and twice that quantity of shallots], there is a peculiar sensation of liberation in the head. and it is sensation of smell.”
Patience Gray, Plats du Jour (1957)


“As for the garden of mint, the very smell of it alone recovers and refreshes our spirits, as the taste stirs up our appetite for meat,”


    “If Leekes you like, but do their smell dis-like,
    Eat Onyons, and you shall not smell the Leeke;
    If you of Onyons would the scent expell,
    Eat Garlicke, that shall drowne the Onyons' smell.”

    Dr. William Kitchiner, ‘The Cook's Oracle’


“Fish should smell like the ocean. If they smell like fish, it's too late.”


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