Kitchen Sayings and Quotes

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

The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table     

Emma Reed

Everything happens in the kitchen. Life happens in the kitchen.     

Andrew Zimmern

Cooking is one of the strongest ceremonies for life.     

Laura Esquivel

The kitchen is a place of adventure and entirely fun, not drudgery. I can’t think of anything better to do with family and friends than to be together to create something.     

Ted Allen

The kitchen is where we come to understand our past and ourselves.     

Emma Reed

Kitchens are made for bringing families together.     

Emma Reed

The love the whole process of making them, just out in the kitchen together making pancakes on a Sunday morning.     

Ronda Rousey

Good food and a warm kitchen is what makes a house a home.     


They say the way to our hearts is through our stomachs, so the kitchen must be the heart of the home     

Emma Reed

There are times when wisdom cannot be found in the chambers of parliament or the halls of academia but at the unpretentious setting of the kitchen table.     

E.A. Bucchianeri

In the 'kitchen of your life', you have a choice as to what ingredients you want to use to build yourself up.     

Selorm Betepe Alfred

Despite a few exceptions, I have found that Americans are now far more willing to learn new names, just as they're far more willing to try new ethnic foods... It's like adding a few new spices to the kitchen pantry.     

Firoozeh Dumas

The sight of iniquity, immorality, pure evil, perhaps the world's end; a kitchen in disorder.     

Kate Quinn

My happy place is you teaching me how to dance in the kitchen at two in the morning.     

Lidia Longorio

Nights alone in my yellow kitchen, I made myself hot chocolate. I missed my mother. In my window, maple leaves rusted, young fall blooming.     

Aspen Matis

Over the years, the kitchens I grew up in and around continued to draw me in, like a moth to a flame, as though I might recapture whatever innocence I’d lost in that warm, fragrant space.     

Sasha Martin

Even the most avid technocrat must occasionally escape from virtual space, and what better place to do it than the kitchen, with all its dangerous knives and delicious aromas?     

Ruth Reichl

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.     

H.L. Mencken

Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves.     

Thomas Wolfe

No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.     

Laurie Colwin

Always start out with a larger pot than what you think you need.     

Julia Child

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

Julia Child

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

Craig Claiborne

Until I discovered cooking, I was never really interested in anything.     

Julia Child

I think preparing food and feeding people brings nourishment not only to our bodies but to our spirits. Feeding people is a way of loving them, in the same way that feeding ourselves is a way of honoring our own createdness and fragility.     

Shauna Niequist

The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but it is also the place that naturally attracts the most clutter and mess.     

Brette Sember

My favorite room in the house is my kitchen. It's definitely the heart and soul of our home. It's where we gather in the morning as a family to start the day, and it's where we wind down at night over supper.     

Kimberly Schlapman

In the childhood memories of every good cook, there's a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom.     

Barbara Costikyan

A kitchen without a knife is not a kitchen.     

Masaharu Morimoto

The worst mistake of a woman is to go to the kitchen, because then she never gets out of there.     


There is a peculiar burning odor in the room, like explosives. the kitchen fills with smoke and the hot, sweet, ashy smell of scorched cookies. The war has begun.     

Alison Lurie

The kitchen, reasonably enough, was the scene of my first gastronomic adventure. I was on all fours. I crawled into the vegetable bin, settled on a giant onion and ate it, skin and all. It must have marked me for life, for I have never ceased to love the hearty flavor of raw onions.     

James Beard

A kitchen is a good place to be, almost always the best place in the house.     

Michael Ruhlman

Happiness is a small house, with a big kitchen.     

Alfred Hitchcock

Kitchens are hard environments and they form incredibly strong characters.     

Gordon Ramsay

The kitchen may not get cleaned, and I have to accept that. I do the important things.     

Jasmine Guy

When you're the conscious captain in your kitchen, you'll feel better mentally and physically.     

Kris Carr

If you can organize your kitchen, you can organize your life.     

Louis Parrish

I like to have friends in the kitchen and make a big mess and use every pot in the kitchen.     

Ted Allen

Afterwards, they always had tea in the kitchen, much the nicest room in the house.     

Flora Thompson

Best way to get rid of kitchen odors: Eat out.     

Phyllis Diller

It's like a kitchen, acting. Put a chef in a kitchen and they will have different recipes. Whatever your recipe, what works for you won't work for another.     

Carole Bouquet

The kitchen is the most important place in any house. Visit your family, and that's where you'll end up. Go to a party, that's where everyone congregates.     

Michelle Dockery

There is nothing nicer than a kitchen really made for a cook. Things that are designed to be used always have an innate beauty.     

Julia Child

Their kitchen is their shrine, the cook their priest, the table their altar, and their belly their god.     

Charles Buck

The kitchen is a place I know well. It's my favorite room wherever I am living, and it has to be completely open and social.     

Chrissy Teigen

Our kitchen is a kitchen that makes food designed to be tasted with the five senses and it requires concentration to appreciate all that we want to express.     

Ferran Adria

When she goes about her kitchen duties, chopping, carving, mixing, whisking, she moves with the grace and precision of a ballet dancer, her fingers plying the food with the dexterity of a croupier.     

Craig Claiborne

The more you know, the more you can create. There's no end to imagination in the kitchen.     

Julia Child

If you let too many cooks in the kitchen it could cloud your vision of what you want to do.     

Mary Elizabeth Winstead

I'm in a loft and the kitchen is in the very center of the apartment. The whole place revolves around it.     

Ted Allen

The kitchen is the heart of every home, for the most part. It evokes memories of your family history.     

Debi Mazar

The kitchen really is the castle itself. This is where we spend our happiest moments and where we find the joy of being a family.     

Mario Batali

Anyone that's ever had their kitchen done over knows that it never gets done as soon as you wish it would.     

Ronald Reagan

The place I like best in this world is the kitchen. No matter where it is, no matter what kind, if it's a kitchen, if it's a place where they make food, it's fine with me. Ideally it should be well broken in. Lots of tea towels, dry and immaculate. Where tile catching the light (ting! Ting!)     

Banana Yoshimoto

My worst habit in the kitchen is not allowing anybody to help me. I like to cook by myself.     

Eva Longoria

The Kitchen was a really great concept; it just wasn't at the price point that made it accessible to people. People could visit occasionally, and some people were coming regularly. It just wasn't a novel concept for every customer.     

Kimbal Musk

My kitchen is a mystical place, a kind of temple for me. It is a place where the surfaces seem to have significance, where the sounds and odors carry meaning that transfers from the past and bridges to the future.     

Pearl Bailey

Good kitchens are not about size; they are about ergonomics and light.     

Nigel Slater

The kitchen is where you put all the ingredients together. The kitchen is where you prepare the plan and put your recipe together. No matter what you do in life, you have to have a plan and put it together.     

Yo Gotti

The kitchen is a sacred space.     

Marc Forgione

Keep it simple in the kitchen. If you use quality ingredients, you don't need anything fancy to make food delicious: just a knife, a cutting board, and some good nonstick cookware, and you're set.     

Curtis Stone

To me, the kitchen is a place of adventure and entirely fun, not drudgery. I can't think of anything better to do with family and friends than to be together to create something.     

Ted Allen

If your kitchen smells good, your food lost something.     

Nathan Myhrvold

For me, a kitchen is like science fiction. I only go there to open the refrigerator and take something out.     


Kitchens should be designed around what's truly important-fun, food, and life.     

Daniel Boulud

The kitchen oven is reliable, but it's made us lazy.     

Jamie Oliver

Keeping kids safe is sometimes a delusion. The world is a perilous place. Sometimes the kitchen is a perilous place.     

Anna Quindlen

The kitchen is the great laboratory of the household, and much of the 'weal and woe' as far as regards bodily health, depends on the nature of the preparations concocted within its walls.     

Isabella Beeton

Keep in mind that kitchen organization is not a one-shot deal. It's a lifestyle. You need to sustain it. It isn't just a matter of getting organized, but staying and thinking that way.     

Brette Sember

A messy kitchen is a happy kitchen, and this kitchen is delirious.     

Tara McLellan

A good kitchen should be sufficient remote from the principal apartment 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.     

Mrs. Isabella

Perhaps the most important element in a small kitchen, as in any small living space, is storage-lack of storage, effective storage, and hidden storage.     

Tara McLellan

When I cook, I think about the people that I am cooking for, I think of the precious memories we have shared. I think of the love that I have for them and how they have blessed each seasons of my life.      

Willie Holton Halbert

I really believe that is why my family and friends enjoy my cooking because I cook with love.     

Willie Holton Halbert

Don't forget, as you cook, to let those precious memories of those who you are cooking for flow. Cooking with love has been a labor of love and joy! So enjoy.     

Willie Holton Halbert

My goal as a cook has always been not so much to attain some specific sense of mastery as to be able to just go into the kitchen, take up what I find there, and make a meal of it.     

John Thorne

In grandmamma's kitchen, things got in a riot / The cream in a pot on the shelf / Where everything always seemed peaceful and quiet / Got whipped, for I heard it myself.     

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I do not ask for splendour / To crown my daily lot / But this I ask – a kitchen / Where the kettles always hot.     

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

When he got home the 'ouse were in dark ness / So he slipped in as sly as a fox / Laid the 'sparagus on kitchen table / And crept up to bed in his socks.     

Marriott Edgar

He shouted 'What's up theer in t' kitchen?' / She replied, 'You do well to enquire / Them bundles of chips as you brought home / Is so damp... I can't light the fire."     

Marriott Edgar

Oh, the irony of hearin' songs about the home, sweet home / When you swelter in an oven where the kitchen odours roam.     

Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis

No kitchen my grate / Yet roasts it and boils it / Both early and late.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I like my kitchen with its pans and pots / That shine like new although we've used them lots.     

Lesbia Harford

Everything is right at hand and money freely flows / And hired help is all about, just listenin’ to my call / But I miss the yellow almanac off my old kitchen wall.     

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

You have to run the kitchen, you can't let the kitchen run you.     

Sharon Trojan

All us other children, when the supper-things is done / We set around the kitchen fire an' has the mostest fun / A-list'nin' to the witch-tales 'at Annie tells about,     

James Whitcomb Riley

If you decide to go through life without cooking, then you are missing something very, very special. You are losing out one of the greatest pleasures you can have with your clothes on.     

Karen Anand

A really posh kitchen, all metal. What happened to the doors, though? Did you run out of money?     

Terry Nation

Cooking can be passionate, creative, life enhancing, uplifting, satisfying and downright exhilarating as anything else you can do with you life     

Karen Anad

This is the kitchen. We've got all kinds of snacks and cold drinks in here.     

Seth MacFarlane

My kitchen is now a place of creativity and adventure, although I've had to learn the hard way which recipes work, which don't, and which taste awful.     

Rachel Kelly

I realized a joyful kitchen could calm me as much as the food itself.     

Rachel Kelly

There was no pressure to perform, just to find my feet in the kitchen     

Rachel Kelly

The kitchen is a very difficult place to keep clutter-free because it's filled with all the things you need for the smooth operation and functioning of your household.     

Brette Sember

The kitchen is the center of home life for many people, and this means that many kitchens are pulling double (or triple duty) as a home office, homework station, craft center, and more.     

Brette Sember

If you kitchen is out of balance, it's likely you are as well.     

Brette Sember

A cook, when I dine, seems to me a divine being, who from the depths of his kitchen rules the human race. One consider him as a minister of heaven, because his kitchen is a temple, in which his ovens are the altar.     


I love even incredibly dirty kitchens to distraction--vegetable droppings all over the floor, so dirty your slippers turn black on the bottom.     

Banana Yoshimoto

Perhaps because to me a kitchen represents some distant longing engraved on my soul.     

Banana Yoshimoto

The commercial kitchen can be a hazardous work environment. Workplace safety cannot be ignored or passed over as someone else's responsibility.     

Graham Dark

A well-organized kitchen should have procedures in place to deal with all kinds of the emergencies.     

Graham Dark