20 Delicious Quotes on Food and Eating by Famous Authors

20 Delicious Quotes on Food and Eating by Famous Authors

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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Agatha Christie

"When engaged in eating, the brain should be the servant of the stomach."

- Agatha Christie

Anthony Bourdain

"Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride."

-Anthony Bourdain

Charles Bukowski

"Great art is horseshit, buy tacos."

- Charles Bukowski

David Mamet

"We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie."

- David Mamet

Elizabeth Gilbert

"I am a better person when I have less on my plate."

- Elizabeth Gilbert

Francois VI

"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art."

- François de la Rochefoucauld

Frank McCourt

"After a full belly, all is poetry."

- Frank McCourt

Franz Kafka

"So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being."

- Franz Kafka

Hunter S. Thompson

"Good people drink good beer."

- Hunter S. Thompson

Jonathan Safron Foer

"Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving and identity."

- Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Swift

"Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken."

- Jonathan Swift

Julia Child

"The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook."

-Julia Child

Ken Follett

"Hard work should be rewarded by good food."

- Ken Follett

Mark Twain

"The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside."

- Mark Twain

Oscar Wilde

"After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations."

- Oscar Wilde

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Robert Frost

"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

Robert Louis Stevenson

"Wine is bottled poetry."

- Robert Louis Stevenson

Virginia Woolf

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well."

- Virginia Woolf

W. Somerset Maugham

"To eat well in England, you should have breakfast three times a day."

- W. Somerset Maugham

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