Food might be a necessity, but it's also a whole lot more. An art form that impresses us first with its looks and then titillates our palates with the robustness of its flavours, food in the right hands can be orgasmic, heavenly, and pure gastronomic pleasure.
The charm of good food, though, is in all the emotions it carries. It can be comic, a tragedy, or the perfect aphrodisiac, for every bite, is full of intense drama that interacts in different ways with our mind, body, and soul. It is the theatre around eating, from the cooking of the dishes to savouring its tastes, that makes it a truly holistic adventure.
In the hands of notable wordsmiths, food becomes an intimate expression and takes on the persona of life. It is through these quotes on food by famous authors that we discover the thoughtfulness of the culinary world, its impact on people, and how over centuries, food has become much more integral to our joys and sorrows than one would imagine.
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"When engaged in eating, the brain should be the servant of the stomach."
- Agatha Christie
"Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride."
"Great art is horseshit, buy tacos."
- Charles Bukowski
"We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie."
- David Mamet
"I am a better person when I have less on my plate."
- Elizabeth Gilbert
"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art."
- François de la Rochefoucauld
"After a full belly, all is poetry."
- Frank McCourt
"So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being."
- Franz Kafka
"Good people drink good beer."
- Hunter S. Thompson
"Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving and identity."
- Jonathan Safran Foer
"Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken."
- Jonathan Swift
"The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook."
"Hard work should be rewarded by good food."
- Ken Follett
"The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside."
- Mark Twain
"After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations."
- Oscar Wilde
"There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won't, and that's a wife who can't cook and will."
- Robert Frost
"Wine is bottled poetry."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well."
- Virginia Woolf
"To eat well in England, you should have breakfast three times a day."
- W. Somerset Maugham