Food Sayings and Quotes

Nothing brings people together like a generous spread of delicious food. It’s the universal unifier. Food serves as a cultural marker, attends every milestone and celebration, and can be dressed up or down. Food is where the heart is. Below you’ll find a collection of wise, inspirational and humorous food quotes, sayings and proverbs.

I've long believed that good food, good eating, is all about risk. Whether we're talking about unpasteurized Stilton, raw oysters or working for organized crime associates, food, for me, has always been an adventure.     

Anthony Bourdain

Laughter is brightest in the place where the food is.     

Irish Proverb

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

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

Oscar Wilde

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

Mark Twain

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

Julia Child

Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.     

Alan D. Wolfelt

If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him - the people who give you their food give you their heart.     

Cesar Chavez

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

Virginia Woolf

Popcorn for breakfast! Why not? It's a grain. It's like, like, grits, but with high self-esteem.     

James Patterson

The chief pleasure in eating does not consist in costly seasoning, or exquisite flavor, but in yourself.     


You can't just eat good food. You've got to talk about it too. And you've got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food.     

Kurt Vonnegut

People who love to eat are always the best people.     

Julia Child

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.     

Adelle Davis

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.     

Jim Davis

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

Harriet Van Horne

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.     

Doug Larson

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.     

Oscar Wilde

A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe.     

Thomas Keller

The sweetest honey Is loathsome in his own deliciousness And in the taste confounds the appetite.     

William Shakespeare

Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.     

Mark Twain

Rice is born in water and must die in wine.     

Italian Proverb

I'm pretty sure that eating chocolate keeps wrinkles away because I have never seen a 10 year old with a Hershey bar and crows feet.     

Amy Neftzger

If soup isn't hot enough to make a grown man wince, it's undrinkable.     

Terri Guillemets

The onion is the truffle of the poor.     

Robert J. Courtine

Vegetables are food of the earth, but fruits taste of the heavens.     

Terri Guillemets

Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts!     

James Beard

Food brings people together on many different levels. It's nourishment of the soul and body; it's truly love.     

Giada De Laurentiis

My general rule is that if everyone knew how to cook fresh produce from their local area, and Monday to Thursday within 20 minutes, you know, there’s millions of recipes out there to be had.     

Jamie Oliver

Food is everything we are. It's an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It's inseparable from those from the get-go.      

Anthony Bourdain