Everybody has something to say about food from chefs to comedians and writers.


“My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people.” — Orson Welles, author

“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.” — Calvin Trillin, writer

“Never eat more than you can lift.” — Miss Piggy, Muppet extraordinaire

“I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.” — Julia Child, celebrity chef and cookbook author

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

“To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living.” — Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef and host of No Reservations

“Slicing a warm slab of bacon is a lot like giving a ferret a shave. No matter how careful you are, somebody’s going to get hurt.” — Alton Brown, celebrity chef and host of Good Eats

“By the time they had diminished from 50 to 8, the other dwarves began to suspect ‘Hungry’…” -— Gary Larson, The Far Side, humorist

“Give me liberty or… OOOooo… A jelly donut!” -— Homer Simpson, cartoon dad

“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 and William Wright, from Pavarotti, My Own Story

“The way you cut your meat reflects the way you live.” — Confucius

“I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick, not wounded: dead.” — Woody Allen, actor/director

“My mom made two dishes: Take it or Leave it.” — Stephen Wright, comedian

“In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.” — Julia Child, celebrity chef and cookbook author

“The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat. — Albert Einstein, physicist

“C is for cookie, it’s good enough for me; oh cookie cookie cookie starts with C.” — Cookie Monster, Sesame Street

“Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.” — Sophia Loren, actress

“Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better.” — Robert Redford, actor/director