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“That's something I've noticed about food: whenever there's a crisis if you can get people to eating normally things get better.”
Madeleine L'Engle (1918--) American author.


“For the millions of us who live glued to computer keyboards at work and TV monitors at home, food may be more than entertainment. It may be the only sensual experience left.”
Barbara Ehrenreich, author, social critic


“I eat merely to put food out of my mind.”
N.F. Simpson (1919--)


“In our opinion food should be sniffed lustily at table, both as a matter of precaution and as a matter of enjoyment, the sniffing of it to be regarded in the same light as the tasting of it.”
E.B. White (1899-1985) American essayist


“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”
James Beard (1903-1985)


“Food for all is a necessity. Food should not be a merchandise, to be bought and sold as jewels are bought and sold by those who have the money to buy. Food is a human necessity, like water and air, it should be available.”
Pearl Buck (1892-1973) American Nobel Prize winning author.


“Food is the most primitive form of comfort.”
Sheilah Graham (1904-1988)


“Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture.”
Mark Kurlansky, 'Choice Cuts' (2002)


"Food to a large extent is what holds a society together and eating is closely linked to deep spiritual experiences."
Peter Farb and George Armelagos
'Consuming Passions: The Anthropology of Eating'


"Enchant, stay beautiful and graceful, but do this, eat well. Bring the same consideration to the preparation of your food as you devote to your appearance. Let your dinner be a poem, like your dress."
Charles Pierre Monselet, French author (1825-1888)
‘Letters to Emily’


“It is coarse and ungraceful to throw food into the mouth as you would toss hay into a barn with a pitchfork.”
anonymous, ‘Art of the Table’, Suzanne Von Drachenfels (2000)


"Make [food] simple and let things taste of what they are."
Curnonsky (Maurice Edmond Sailland)
French writer (1872-1956)


"Food responds to our soul's dream as to our stomach's appetite."
Joseph Delteil (1894-1978) French writer
‘La Cuisine paléolithique’, 1964)


"What is food to one man may be fierce poison to others."
Lucretius (1st century BC)


"Food is not about impressing people. It's about making them feel comfortable."
Ina Garten,  'The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook'


"All I ask of food is that it doesn't harm me."
Michael Palin (Monty Python’s Flying Circus)


"Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food."


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


"The food that enters the mind must be watched as closely as the food that enters the body."
Patrick Buchanan, ‘Right From the Beginning’


"Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water."
W.C. Fields


"If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food either."
Joseph Wood Krutch, naturalist (1893-1970)


"Food is an important part of a balanced diet."
Fran Lebowitz, 'Food for Thought and Vice Versa'


"If there is anything we are serious about, it is neither religion nor learning, but food."
Lin Yutang, ‘My Country and My People’


"More die in the United States of too much food than of too little."
John Kenneth Galbraith, economist, ‘The Affluent Society’


"Food, one assumes, provides nourishment; but Americans eat it fully aware that small amounts of poison have been added to improve its appearance and delay its putrefaction."
John Cage


"It is illegal to give someone food in which has been found a dead mouse or weasel."
Ancient Irish law


"Food, like a loving touch or a glimpse of divine power, has that ability to comfort."
Norman Kolpas


"Food...can look beautiful, taste exquisite, smell wonderful, make people feel good, bring them together, inspire romantic feelings....At its most basic, it is fuel for a hungry machine;...."
Rosamond Richardson, English cookery author


"Food: Part of the spiritual expression of the French, and I do not believe that they have ever heard of calories."
Beverley Baxter


"Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage."
Woody Allen, 'Without Feathers'


“When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.”
Desiderius Erasmus


“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, author of 'Lord of the Rings' (1892-1973)


“Thy food is such As hath been belched on by infected lungs.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)


“Food without wine is a corpse; wine without food is a ghost; united and well mitched they are as body and soul, living partners.”
Andre Simon (1877-1970)



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