58+ Best Cooking Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational cooking quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

Famous Cooking Quotes

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

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

It’s not about passion. Passion is something that we tend to overemphasize, that we certainly place too much importance on. Passion ebbs and flows. To me, it’s about desire. If you have constant, unwavering desire to be a cook, then you’ll be a great cook. – Thomas Keller

I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food. – WC Fields

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

The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook. – Julia Child

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

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well. – Virginia Woolf

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

Cheese–milk’s leap towards immortality. – Clifton Fadiman

There is no such thing as a little garlic. – Anonymous

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

Great food is like great sex. The more you have, the more you want. – Gael Greene

Great cooking is about being inspired by the simple things around you–fresh markets, various spices. It doesn’t necessarily have to look fancy. – G. Garvin

Cookery is a wholly unselfish art: All good cooks, like all great artists, must have an audience worth cooking for. – Andre Simon

Love and eggs are best when they are fresh. – Russian proverb

Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos. – Don Kardong

A chocolate in the mouth is worth two on the plate. – Anonymous

If you’re afraid of butter, use cream. – Julia Child

All sorrows are less with bread. – Don Quixote

‎A well-made loaf of French bread will leave a thousand crumbs strewn across the table. – Anonymous

I can’t stand people that do not take food seriously. – Oscar Wilde

The secret of good seafood stuffing is in starting with cubes of stale bread, rather than breadcrumbs. – Anonymous

Most seafoods should be simply threatened with heat and then celebrated with joy. – Jeff Smith

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

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

Life is too short for self-hatred and celery sticks. – Marilyn Wann

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

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

I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage. – Erma Bombeck

I think every woman should have a blowtorch. – Julia Child

Food should be fun. – Thomas Keller

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

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

The greatest dishes are very simple. – Auguste Escoffier

Baking is how you start kids at cooking in the kitchen. It’s fun whether it’s baking bread or cookies. Withbaking, you have to be exact when it comes to ingredients. – Sandra Lee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you think well, you cook well. – Ferran Adria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great cooking favors the prepared hands. – Jacques Pepin

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

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

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