Food Quotes

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Hungry for some good food quotes? Get ready to dig in with the best lines food, cooking, and eating.

Food is a huge part of every culture. Aside from needing it to survive, the time spent enjoying meals brings people together to share their lives and stories.

From gathering around camp fires to formal dinners, food brings people together around the world. The best, and fastest, way to learn about another culture is often through its food.

So grab a snack and enjoy these quotes about food from cooks, renowned chefs, and famed eaters today.

Top 10 Food Quotes

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.


Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.

Alan D. Wolfet
August Escoffier quote "Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness"
“Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness.” – Auguste Escoffier

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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

Virgina Woolfe

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.

George Bernard Shaw

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

Jonathan Sofran Foer
Paul Prudhomme quote "You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food"
“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” – Paul Prudhomme

Food is our common ground, a universal experience.

James Beard

Food may be essential as fuel for the body, but good food is fuel for the soul.

Malcom Forbes

Quotes about Food

Laughter is brightest in the place where food is.

Irish Proverb

A party without cake is just a meeting.

Julia Child

Food for us comes from our relatives, whether they have wings or fins or roots. That is how we consider food. Food has a culture. It has a history. It has a story. It has relationships.

Winona LaDuke

Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.

Sofia Loren
"Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate."
“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” – Allen D. Wolfelt

Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal.


If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.

Mother Teresa

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

Large, naked, raw carrots are acceptable as food only to those who live in hutches eagerly awaiting Easter.

Fran Lebowitz

Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.

Dorothy Day

Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.

Ludwig van Beethoven

If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant?

Martin Scorcese

Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world.

Norman Borlaug
"I get way too much happiness from good food"
“I get way too much happiness from good food.” – Elizabeth Olsen

To me, food is as much about the moment, the occasion, the location and the company as it is about the taste.

Heston Blumenthal

I realized very early the power of food to evoke memory, to bring people together, to transport you to other places, and I wanted to be a part of that.

José Andrés Puerta

Well, food’s always the way to anybody’s heart, I think, guy or girl.

Josh Hutcherson

Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate.

Jo Brand

Sometimes you have to move paste things, and the best way to do that is by sharinng your life with people over food.

Andrew Zimmern, The Zimmern List

My weaknesses have always been food and men – in that order.

Dolly Parton

Food is the most primitive form of comfort.

Sheila Graham

The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.

E.M. Forster
Shakespeare food quote "If music be the food of love, play on"
“If music be the food of love, play on.” – William Shakespeare

The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful medicine or the slowest form of poison.

Ann Wigmore

There has never been a sadness that can’t be cured by breakfast food.

Ron Swanson

Eating good food is my favorite thing in the world. Nothing is more blissful. 

Justine Larbalestier

The gift of food to the hungry is the noblest of all gifts.

Sathya Salbaba

Food is music to the body, music is food to the heart .

Gregory David Roberts

Food delights us, food unites us, food embodies the soil, the sea and the weather, the farmer’s sweat and the fisherman’s toil.

Don George

Food is strength, and food is peace, and food is freedom, and food is a helping hand to people around the world whose good will and friendship we want.

John F. Kennedy

Quotes From Chefs

Thomas Keller quote "Food should be fun"
“Food should be fun.” – Thomas Keller

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

Giada De Laurentiis

Food can be very transformational, and it can be more than just about a dish. That’s what happened to me when I first went to France. I fell in love. And if you fall in love, well, then everything is easy.

Alice Waters

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

Thomas Keller

Life is a combination of magic and pasta.

Federico Fellini 

The way you make an omelet reveals your character.

Anthony Bourdain

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

Winter blues are cured every time with a potato gratin paired with a roast chicken.

Alex Guarnaschelli 

Stop being a vegan and start enjoying what you eat.

Jamie Oliver
Mark Forgione food quote "The kitchen is a sacred space"
“The kitchen is a sacred space.” – Marc Forgione

Never be a food snob. Learn from everyone you meet: the fish guy at your market, the lady at the local diner, farmers, cheese makers. Ask questions, try everything and eat up!

Rachael Ray

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

Rachael Ray

It’s a food of love thing, baby.

Emeril Lagasse

Sayings About Eating

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.

Oscar Wilde

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

If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat… The people who give you their food give you their heart.

Caesar Chavez

The best comfort food will always be greens, cornbread, and fried chicken.

Maya Angelou

We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.

Anna Thomas
Spanish Proverb "The belly rules the mind"
“The belly rules the mind.” – Spanish Proverb

He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.

Jonathan Swift

First we eat, then we do everything else.

M.F.K. Fisher

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

Mark Twain

The only thing I like better than talking about food is eating.

John Walters

A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and Champagne, the only true feminine and becoming viands.

Lord Byron

Human beings do not eat nutrients, they eat food.

Mary Catherine Bateson

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

Franz Kafka

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.

John Gunther

Not eating meat is a decision, eating meat is an instinct.

Dennis Leary
""To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art"
“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” – Fancois de la Rouchefoucald

If you are ever at a loss to support a flagging conversation, introduce the subject of eating.

Leigh Hunt

Typically a weekend retreat for the heart, soul and palate, brunch is the perfect way to unwind and reconnect.

Marcela Valladolid

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

Adelle Davis

Quotes About Cooking

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

Harriet Vorne Horne

Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat.

Guy Fieri

Food was a labor of love you felt by cooking it and eating it.

George Tillman, Jr.

I’m a home cook and love to read about food, but I’m not trained as a chef. I’m just really into cooking and passionate about it.

Ted Allen
Rannveer Brar cooking quote "Cooking is an expression that crosses boundaries"
“Cooking is an expression that crosses boundaries.” – Ranveer Brar

The most indispensable ingredient of all good home cooking: love for those you are cooking for.

Sofia Loren

I watch cooking change the cook, just as it transforms the food.

Laura Esquivel

I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.

W.C. Fields

There are two activities in life in which we can lovingly and carefully put something inside of someone we love. Cooking is the one we can do three times a day for the rest of our lives, without pills. In both activities, practice makes perfect.

Mario Batali

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

Julia Child

Cooking and baking is both physical and mental therapy.

Mary Berry

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

I prefer cooking to baking. Baking, to me, is very precise, and it’s about perfection.

Ree Drummond
Craig Claiborne quote "Cooking done with care is an act of love"
“Cooking done with care is an act of love.” – Craig Claiborne

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

Paul Theroux

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

Humorous Food Quotes

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

Oscar Wilde

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

Jim Davis

Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.

Orson Welles

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

Julia Child
Ernestinne Ulmer saying "Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first"
“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” – Ernestine Ulmer

Life is too short for self-hatred and celery sticks.

Marilyn Wann

My doctor told me I had to stop throwing intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people.

Orson Welles

Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.

Erma Bombeck

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.

Charles Schulz

If you still want a laugh after reading these humorous quotes about food, check out our 300 Funny Quotes to Make You Laugh and find some other topics to make you chuckle.

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

Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.

W.C. Fields

You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.

Yogi Berra
"A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand"
“A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.” – Barbara Johnson

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

Mark Twain

I am not a glutton – I am an explorer of food.

Erma Bombeck

The Food and Drug Administration announced today that while one ounce of Special K with four ounces of milk is a good dietary source of protein, one ounce of Special K with five ounces of milk is deadly poison.

Norm Macdonald

Did these food quotes give you an appetite? Share a few with your family and friends over your next meal and enjoy the experience even more, and let us know your favorite in the comments below!

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Quincy Seale

Quincy is KIM's editor, and has collected and shared inspiring quotes and stories since 2005. Quincy holds an MBA from the University of Dundee and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and lives in San Antonio with his wife Natalie, son Alex, and his dog Oban.