Cooking Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old cooking quotes, cooking sayings, and cooking proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.

Julia Child

Cooking is like snow skiing: If you don't fall at least 10 times, then you're not skiing hard enough.

Guy Fieri

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.

Harriet Van Horne

If cooking becomes an art form rather than a means of providing a reasonable diet, then something is clearly wrong.

Tom Jaine

Cooking is actually quite aggressive and controlling and sometimes, yes, there is an element of force-feeding going on.     

Nigella Lawson

The greatest dishes are very simple.

Auguste Escoffier

Baking is how you start kids at cooking in the kitchen. It's fun whether it's baking bread or cookies. Withbaking, you have to be exact when it comes to ingredients.     

Sandra Lee

Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It's about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.     

Guy Fieri

Cooking is at once child's play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.

Craig Claiborne

Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors - it's how you combine them that sets you apart.

Wolfgang Puck

Cooking is not difficult. Everyone has taste, even if they don't realize it. Even if you're not a great chef, there's nothing to stop you understanding the difference between what tastes good and what doesn't.     

Gerard Depardieu

Cooking is about passion, so it may look slightly temperamental in a way that it's too assertive to the naked eye.     

Gordon Ramsay

Instead of going out to dinner, buy good food. Cooking at home shows such affection. In a bad economy, it's more important to make yourself feel good.     

Ina Garten

You don't come into cooking to get rich.

Gordon Ramsay

Cooking is at once one of the simplest and most gratifying of the arts, but to cook well one must love and respect food.     

Craig Claiborne

If you think well, you cook well.     

Ferran Adria

I approach cooking from a science angle because I need to understand how things work. If I understand the egg, I can scramble it better. It's a simple as that.     

Alton Brown

All cooking is a matter of time. In general, the more time the better.

John Erskine

I don't like gourmet cooking or this cooking or that cooking. I like good cooking.

James Beard

Once you understand the foundations of cooking - whatever kind you like, whether it's French or Italian or Japanese - you really don't need a cookbook anymore.

Thomas Keller

If you're not the one cooking, stay out of the way and compliment the chef.     

Michael Strahan

The smells of slow cooking spread around the house and impart a unique warmth matched only by the flavour of the food.

Yotam Ottolenghi

Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation-- experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way.     

Paul Theroux

Cooking is an observation-based process that you can't do if you're so completely focused on a recipe.     

Alton Brown

Cooking demands attention, patience, and above all, a respect for the gifts of the earth. It is a form of worship, a way of giving thanks.

Judith B. Jones

In cooking, as in all the arts, simplicity is the sign of perfection.     

Curnonsky

Great cooking favors the prepared hands.

Jacques Pepin

Cooking is like making love, you do it well, or you do not do it at all.

Harriet Van Horne

Cooking is at once child's play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.

Craig Claiborne

Cooking is one failure after another, and that's how you finally learn.

Julia Child