70+ 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

You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food. Paul Prudhomme

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

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

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

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

Taste as you go. When you taste the food throughout the cooking process, you can make adjustments as you go. Anne Burrell

Laughter is brightest where food is best.                     

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

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

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

Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat. Guy Fieri

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

I don’t cook for the guide, I cook for customers. Gordon Ramsay

Food is a necessary component to life. People can live without Renoir, Mozart, Gaudi, Beckett, but they cannot live without food. Grant Achatz

Cooking and baking is both physical and mental therapy. Mary Berry

Food is a passion. Food is love. Hector Elizondo

Cooking is a philosophy; it’s not a recipe. Marco Pierre White

In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom. Barbara Costikyan

Simple ingredients prepared in a simple way  that’s the best way to take your everyday cooking to a higher level. Jose Andres

A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand. Barbara Johnson

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

Life is a combination of magic and pasta. Federico Fellini

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

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 

Cooking with love provides food for the soul. Valerie McKeehan

Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal. Voltaire

The secret of good cooking is, first, having a love of it. James Beard

Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian, wine and tarragon make it French, sour cream makes it Russian, lemon and cinnamon make it Greek, soy sauce makes it Chinese, garlic makes it good. Alice May Brock

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

Cuisine has become too complicated  this is about subject, verb, adjective duck, turnips, sauce. Alain Ducasse

I love cooking. Not for myself alone. Cooking is about giving. Christine Lagarde

The way you make an omelet reveals your character. Anthony Bourdain

Food, to me, is always about cooking and eating with those you love and care for. David Chang

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

I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food. W. C. Fields

Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first. Ernestine Ulmer

When compelled to cook, I produce a meal that would make a sword swallower gag. Russell Baker

People who love to eat are always the best people. Julia Child

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. Andy Rooney

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

I’m not a chef. But I’m passionate about food  the tradition of it, cooking it, and sharing it. Zac Posen

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. John Gunther

Computers are to design as microwaves are to cooking. Milton Glaser

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

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

I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food. W C Fields

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

I like the Japanese knives, I like French knives. Whatever’s sharp. Wolfgang Puck

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

So when people ask me, What do you think of Michelin? I don’t cook for guides. I cook for customers. Gordon Ramsay

A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe. Thomas Keller

Invest in what’s real. Clean as you go. Drink while you cook. Make it fun. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Gwyneth Paltrow

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

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

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

Do not allow watching food to replace making food. Alton Brown

Cooking is about creating something delicious for someone else. Ayumi Komura      

Kitchens are hard environments and they form incredibly strong characters. Gordon Ramsay

Food is not just eating energy. It’s an experience. Guy Fieri

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

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

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

The greatest dishes are very simple. Auguste Escoffier

A chef is a mixture maybe of artistry and craft. You have to learn the craft really to get there. Wolfgang Puck

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

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

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