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

Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.      

Sophia Loren

Food is like sex: When you abstain, even the worst stuff begins to look good.     

Beth McCollister

First we eat, then we do everything else.     

M.F.K. Fisher

Food is our common ground, a universal experience.     

James Beard

People want honest, flavourful food, not some show-off meal that takes days to prepare.     

Ted Allen

The way you make an omelet reveals your character.     

Anthony Bourdain

You don't need a silver fork to eat good food.     

Paul Prudhomme

There is no sincerer love than the love of food.     

George Bernard Shaw

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

J.R.R. Tolkien

There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.     

Ruth Reichl

Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.     

Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork.     

English Proverb

In 'The Republic' he [Plato] states that the enjoyment of food is not a true pleasure because the purpose of eating is to relieve pain -- hunger.     

Mark Kurlansky

A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.     

James Beard

Animals feed; man eats; only a man of wit knows how to eat.     

Jean Anthelme

Stop being a vegan and start enjoying what you eat.     

Jamie Oliver

Never eat more than you can lift.     

Miss Piggy

He who eats alone chokes alone.     

Arabian Proverb

Cheese is milk's leap toward immortality.     

Clifton Fadiman

An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a vegetable invented to make them laugh.     

Will Rogers

Good food ends with good talk.     

Geoffrey Neighor

Eating is always a decision, nobody forces your hand to pick up food and put it into your mouth.     

Albert Ellis, Michael Abrams, Lidia Dengelegi

I just inhaled kimchi ramen. Nose on fire. Next chapter may be obscured by tears.     


A little chocolate a day keeps the doctor at bay     

Marcia Carrington

No man is lonely eating spaghetti; it requires so much attention.     

Christopher Morley

Condensed milk is wonderful. I don't see how they can get a cow to sit down on those little cans.     

Fred Allen

It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.     

Lewis Grizzard

When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste.     

Laiko Bahrs

If there were only turnips and potatoes in the world, someone would complain that plants grow the wrong way.     

Georg C. Lichtenberg

Great food is like great sex. The more you have the more you want.     

Gael Greene

Food is the most primitive form of comfort.     

Sheila Graham

Hunger is a good cook.     


Soup is just a way of screwing you out of a meal.     

Jay Leno

When a man's stomach is full it makes no difference whether he is rich or poor.     


If we're not willing to settle for junk living, we certainly shouldn't settle for junk food.     

Sally Edwards

Plant a radish, get a radish, never any doubt. That's why I love vegetables, you know what they're about!     

Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt

Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.     

Ernestine Ulmer

We don't get fat because we overeat; we overeat because we're getting fat.     

Gary Taubes

You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans.     

Ronald Reagan

To eat is to appropriate by destruction.     

Jean-Paul Sartre

Always eat grapes downward - that is, always eat the best grapes first; in this way there will be none better left on the bunch, and each grape will seem good down to the last. If you eat the other way, you will not have a good grape in the lot.     

Samuel Butler

He who does not mind his belly, will hardly mind anything else.     

Samuel Johnson

Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.     

G. K. Chesterton

We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.     

Alfred E. Newman

There ain't no such thing as wrong food.     

Sean Stewart

I wouldn’t say that processed food, ready meals and oven takeaways aren’t relevant to modern life, it’s just that over the past 40 years there are three generations of people who have come out of school and gone through their home life without ever being shown how to cook properly.     

Jamie Oliver

Food is better medicine than drugs     

Patrick Holford

Food is the supremest of pleasures.     

Fay Weldon

Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.      

Susan L. Rattiner

Food for all is a necessity. Food should not be a merchandise to be bought and sold as jewels are bought and sold by those who have the oney to buy. Food is a human necessity, like water and air, and it should be available.     

Susan L. Rattiner

Food plays an important role in every culture.     

Qin Xue Herzberg

Good food is an amazing blessing.     

Brenda Knight

The normal food of man is vegetable.     

Charles Darwin

The right use of food can end hunger.     

Jose Andres Puerta

Perfect food is born of perfect order.     

Daniel Patterson

Food is so heavily connected to memory.     

Alexandra Guarnaschelli

Good food is the basis of true happiness.     

Auguste Escoffier

Food is a part of our contract with life.     

Bryant McGill

Food is one of the great organizing tools.     

Pete Seeger

Good food should be a right not a privilege.     

Alice Waters

Food is culture, and we need to listen to it.     

Robert Irvine

A food's value is based on how good it tastes.     

Homaro Cantu

Food can be expressive and therefore food can be art.     

Grant Achatz

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

Gregory David Roberts

Good food is very often, even most often, simple food.     

Anthony Bourdain

What is food to one man may be fierce poison to others.     


Food is the only beautiful thing that truly nourishes.     

Richard Gere

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

Sathya Sai Baba

Simple foods connect with your body's needs in complex ways.     

Bryant McGill

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

Norman Borlaug

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

Dorothy Day