50+ Best Cooking Quotes: Exclusive Selection

When you cook food, you prepare it to be eaten by heating it in a particular way, such as baking or boiling, and when food cooks, it is heated until it is ready to eat. Profoundly inspirational cooking quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Cooking Quotes

 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

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

Instead of going out to dinner, buy good food. Cooking at home shows such affection. In a bad economy, it’s more important to make yourself feel good. Ina Garten

Cooking is revolution and creation. Simone De Beauvoir

My definition of man is a cooking animal. The beasts have memory, judgement, and the faculties and passions of our minds in a certain degree; but no beast is a cook… Man alone can dress a good dish; and every man whatever is more or less a cook, in seasoning what he himself eats. James Boswell

If cooking becomes an art form rather than a means of providing a reasonable diet, then something is clearly wrong. Tom Jaine

All cooking is a matter of time. In general, the more time the better. John Erskine

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When you hear bacon cooking….that sizzling sound isn’t the fat cooking….that’s applause. Jim Gaffigan

What my mother believed about cooking is that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you. Nora Ephron

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

You don’t come into cooking to get rich. Gordon Ramsay

The person who makes the food—his physique, his food, his soul—is unique. It is like fingerprints or handwriting. Musa Dağdeviren

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

Cooking is like snow skiing: If you don’t fall at least 10 times, then you’re not skiing hard enough. Guy Fieri

Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon. H. Jackson Brown

I think preparing food and feeding people brings nourishment not only to our bodies but to our spirits. Feeding people is a way of loving them, in the same way that feeding ourselves is a way of honoring our own createdness and fragility. Shauna Niequist

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

Working in the kitchen is my soul and my life, and I love it. I’m not there because people expect to see me; I am there because I want to be. Heinz Beck

In cooking, as in all the arts, simplicity is the sign of perfection. Curnonsky

You have to be yourself when you are creating and cooking. You do what you need to do and you do it to the best of your ability. Leah Chase

Cookery is become an art, a noble science; cooks are gentlemen. Robert Burton

Cooking today is a young man’s game, I don’t give a bollocks what anyone says. Gordon Ramsay

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

Cooking is actually quite aggressive and controlling and sometimes, yes, there is an element of force-feeding going on. Nigella Lawson

If you think well, you cook well. Ferran Adria

The smells of slow cooking spread around the house and impart a unique warmth matched only by the flavour of the food. Yotam Ottolenghi

Inspirational Cooking Quotes

Cooking is about passion, so it may look slightly temperamental in a way that it’s too assertive to the naked eye. Gordon Ramsay

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

Great cooking favors the prepared hands. Jacques Pepin

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

If you’re not the one cooking, stay out of the way and compliment the chef. Michael Strahan

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

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

Cooking is not difficult. Everyone has taste, even if they don’t realize it. Even if you’re not a great chef, there’s nothing to stop you understanding the difference between what tastes good and what doesn’t. Gerard Depardieu

There are people who claim to be instinctive cooks, who never follow recipes or weigh anything at all. All I can say is they’re not very fussy about what they eat. For me, cooking is an exact art and not some casual game. Delia Smith

The greatest dishes are very simple. Auguste Escoffier

My two rules of cooking: keep it fresh and keep it simple. Michael Isabella

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

Once you understand the foundations of cooking – whatever kind you like, whether it’s French or Italian or Japanese – you really don’t need a cookbook anymore. Thomas Keller

I don’t like gourmet cooking or this cooking or that cooking. I like good cooking. James Beard

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

I approach cooking from a science angle because I need to understand how things work. If I understand the egg, I can scramble it better. It’s a simple as that. Alton Brown

The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude. Julia Child

Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love. Craig Claiborne

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

Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity. Guy Fieri

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

Cooking is the most succulent of human pleasures. Sylvia Townsend Warner

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

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