Culinary Sayings and Quotes

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


Anybody can make you enjoy the first bite of a dish, but only a real chef can make you enjoy the last.

Francois Minot

One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.

Luciano Pavarotti

A good kitchen should be sufficiently remote from the principal apartments of the house, that the members, visitors, or guests of the family, may not perceive the odour incident to cooking, or hear the noise of culinary operations.     

Isabella Beeton

Cooking is so popular today because it’s the perfect mix of food and fun.

Emeril Lagasse

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

Harriet Van Horne

People want honest, flavourful food, not some show-off meal that takes days to prepare.

Ted Allen

The preparation of good food is merely another expression of art, one of the joys of civilized living.

Dione Lucas

The chef that grew up with the grandma who cooks tends to always beat the chef that went to the culinary institute. It's in the blood.

Gary Vaynerchuk

Cooking well doesn't mean cooking fancy.

Julia Child

Ingredients are not sacred. The art of cuisine is sacred.

Tanith Tyrr

Craving is a good thing.In matters of culinary art, craving creates wonders.

Andy Paula

But the goal of the arts, culinary or otherwise, is not to increase our comfort. That is the goal of an easy chair.

Jeffrey Steingarten

A culinary triumph: the ingenious use of food as an offensive weapon.

James Hamilton Paterson

You cannot get an influence from the cuisine of a country if you don’t understand it. You’ve got to study it.     

Ferran Adria

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

Virginia Woolf

At culinary school, none of the things we use to define ourselves outside that world - actor, producer, student - none of that matters. It's a magical art form.

Eric Christian Olsen

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives.     

Oscar Wilde

Even just a few spices or ethnic condiments that you can keep in your pantry can turn your mundane dishes into a culinary masterpiece.     

Marcus Samuelsson

Cookery is a wholly unselfish art: All good cooks, like all great artists, must have an audience worth cooking for.     

Andre Simon

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

Harriet Van Horne

A man who loves good food has a way of making it gravitate toward his kitchen.

Angelo Pellegrini

When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste.     

Laiko Bahrs

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

Mark Twain

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.     

Elsa Schiaparelli

Culinary tradition is not always based on fact. Sometimes it's based on history, on habits that come out of a time when kitchens were fueled by charcoal.

Alton Brown

Cooking is an art, but all art requires knowing something about the techniques and materials.     

Nathan Myhrvold

No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.

Julia Child

Great cooking is about being inspired by the simple things around you fresh markets, various spices. It doesn’t necessarily have to look fancy.     

G. Garvin

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

Cookery is not chemistry. It is an art. It requires instinct and taste rather than exact measurements.     

Marcel Boulestin