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Women & Food Quotes

“A woman is like a tea bag -- only in hot water do you realize how strong she really is.”
Nancy Reagan

“A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.”
Gloria Steinem (?)

“You can't know what a woman is like until you see her at her food.”
Nero Wolfe in 'Kill Now-Pay Later' (1961)  Rex Stout

“And when I have broken the staff of your life, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven."
Leviticus 26:26

“Blessed relief for Mother and the other women in the household!”
Heinz slogan when it introduced its commercial version of ketchup in 1876.

“If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girl friends. And they tolerated it and let us go ahead and play with our toys.”
Orson Welles (1915-1985) Actor, director, producer, writer

“Men become passionately attached to women who know how to cosset them with delicate tidbits.”
Honoré de Balzac (1799-1859)

Referring to truffles: "They can, on certain occasions, make women more tender and men more lovable."
Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

“the disappearance of hot hors-d'oeuvre was the result of the excessive development of women's skirts.”
Baron Leon Brisse (1813-1876)

“Those who underestimate the feminine sex where culinary matters are concerned forget their high level of achievement which has earned them the accolade of cordon-bleu.  It is impossible to bring more skill and delicacy, more taste and intelligence to the choice and preparation of dishes than women have brought.”
Eugene Briffault (1799-1854)

“When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking.”
Gail Sheehy

“Women can spin very well, but they cannot write a good book of cookery.”  
Dr Samuel Johnson
‘The Life of Samuel Johnson’ by James Boswell (1791)


“Women never dine alone. When they dine alone they don't dine.”
Henry James (1843-1916)

“A woman who knows how to compose a soup or a salad that is perfectly harmonious in flavour ought to be clever at mixing together the sweet and harsh elements of a man's character, and she will understand how to charm and keep forever her husband's heart and soul.”
Berjane, ‘French Dishes for English Tables’ (1931)

“If a woman eats she may destroy her spell, and if she will not eat, she destroys our dinner.”
Disraeli, quoted by M.F.K. Fisher in her translation of ‘The Physiology of Taste’


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