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The 74 Best Quotes About Cooking

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For some of us, there is nothing better than cooking for the people we love. Browsing recipes, spending far too long at the grocery store, and fussing over dinner are- believe it or not- some of our favorite things.

If you’re one of those crazy folks, well you are in luck. This list celebrates all the joys of cooking!.

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Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. Harriet Von Horne

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness. Elsa Schiaparelli

The Art of Cooking

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

Cooking is one failure after another, and that’s how you finally learn. Julia Child

Cooking is not about being the best or most perfect cook, but rather it is about sharing the table with family and friends. Skye Gyngell

‘Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers. William Shakespeare

Cooking is love made edible. Unknown

If a pot is cooking, the friendship will stay warm Arab Proverb

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

Food is about making an interaction with ingredients. If you talk to them, they will always tell you a story. José Andrés

Cooking With Wine

Oh, I adore to cook. It makes me feel so mindless in a worthwhile way. Truman Capote

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

Cooking is an observation-based process that you can’t do if you’re so completely focused on a recipe. Alton Brown

Cooking is 80% confidence, a skill best acquired starting from when the apron strings wrap around you twice. Barbara Kingsolver

You don’t have to do everything from scratch! Ina Garten

Of course I made many boo-boos. At first this broke my heart, but then I came to understand that learning how to fix one’s mistakes, or live with them, was an important part of becoming a cook. Julia Child

If you think well, you cook well. Ferran Adrià

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

There is nothing like a home-cooked meal. Unknown

My cooking is fabulous. Even the smoke alarm is cheering me on! Unknown

You don’t spring into good cooking naked. You have to have some training. You have to learn how to eat. Julia Child

Rachel Ray Cooking

An empty belly is the best cook. Estonian Proverb

To be a good cook you have to have a love of the good, a love of hard work, and a love of creating. Julia Child

Cooking with love provides food for the soul. Unknown

I feel a recipe is only a theme, which an intelligent cook can play each time with a variation. Madame Benoit

I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and say to myself ‘well, that’s not going to happen!’ Rita Rudner

Cooking is at once one of the simplest and most gratifying of the arts, but to cook well one must love and respect food. Craig Claiborne

Maybe the cat has fallen into the stew, or the lettuce has frozen, or the cake has collapsed. Eh bien, tant pis. Usually one’s cooking is better than one thinks it is. And if the food is truly vile, then the cook must simply grit her teeth and bear it with a smile, and learn from her mistakes. Julia Child

Cooking is like making love, you do it well, or you do not do it at all. Harriet van Horne


Food is essential to life; therefore, make it good. Unknown

Cookery is not chemistry. It is an art. It requires instinct and taste rather than exact measurements. Marcel Boulestin

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

You never forget a beautiful thing that you have made, even after you eat it, it stays with you – always. Chef Max Bugnard

The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star. Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Homemade Happiness

Cooking is life. Unknown

Cooking is an art, but all art requires knowing something about the techniques and materials. Nathan Myhrvold

Happy and successful cooking doesn’t rely only on know-how; it comes from the heart, makes great demands on the palate and needs enthusiasm and a deep love of food to bring it to life. Georges Blanc

A good cook is the peculiar gift of the gods. He must be a perfect creature from the brain to the palate, from the palate to the finger’s end. Walter Savage Landor

…cooking, we know, has a way of cutting through things, and to things, which have nothing to do with the kitchen. This is why it matters. Nigella Lawson

Many folk like to know beforehand what is to be set on the table; but those who have laboured to prepare the feast like to keep their secret; for wonder makes the words of praise louder. J. R. R. Tolkien

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

Julia Child Advice

If God had intended us to follow recipes, He wouldn’t have given us grandmothers. Linda Henley

Only the pure in heart can make a good soup. Ludwig van Beethoven

The only thing I have successfully made in the kitchen is a mess. And several little fires. Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

Recipe: A series of step-by-step instructions for preparing ingredients you forgot to buy, in utensils you don’t own, to make a dish the dog wouldn’t eat. Unknown

A good cook is not necessarily a good woman with an even temper. Some allowance should be made for artistic temperament. X. Marcel Boulestin

I believe it’s a cook’s moral obligation to add more butter given the chance. Michael Ruhlman


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

Too many cooks spoil the broth. Chinese Proverb

Only a fool argues with a skunk, a mule, or a cook. Cowboy Saying

Nobody thinks it’s silly to invest two hours’ work in two minutes’ enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, well, so is the ballet. Julia Child

A messy kitchen is a sign of happiness. Unknown

I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression. Maya Angelou

Kissing don’t last: cookery do. George Meredith

When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking. Gail Sheehy

Homemade Cookies

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

My wife dresses to kill. She cooks the same way. Henry Youngman

Learn how to cook–try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun! Julia Child

Tabasco sauce is to bachelor cooking what forgiveness is to sin. P.J. O’ROURKE

You can say this for ready-mixes — the next generation isn’t going to have any trouble making pies exactly like mother used to make. Earl Wilson

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

I think every woman should have a blowtorch. Julia Child

Do not taste food while you’re cooking. You may lose your nerve to serve it. Phyllis Diller

I don’t even butter my bread. I consider that cooking. Katherine Cebrian

Always remember: If you’re alone in the kitchen and you drop the lamb, you can always just pick it up. Who’s going to know? Julia Child

Recipes don’t work unless you use your heart! Dylan Jones

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