The most indespensible ingredient of all good home cooking: love for those you are cooking for.
Cooking is at once one of the simplest and most gratifying of the arts, but to cook well one must love and respect food.
Cookery is not chemistry. It is an art. It requires instinct and taste rather than exact measurements.
A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.
Cooking is an art and patience a virtue. Careful shopping, fresh ingredients and an unhurried approach are nearly all you need. There is one more thing - love. Love for food and love for those you invite to your table. With a combination of these things you can be an artist
A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe.
One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.
The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.
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.
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
All sorrows are less with bread.
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.
I don't like gourmet cooking or 'this' cooking or 'that' cooking. I like good cooking.
Life is a combination of magic and pasta.
As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.
Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.
Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.
Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.
All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.
It is odd how all men develop the notion, as they grow older, that their mothers were wonderful cooks. I have yet to meet a man who will admit that his mother was a kitchen assassin and nearly poisoned him.
I don't like food that's too carefully arranged; it makes me think that the chef is spending too much time arranging and not enough time cooking. If I wanted a picture I'd buy a painting.
The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.
Do you know what breakfast cereal is made of? It's made of all those little curly wooden shavings you find in pencil sharpeners!
My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor.
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