Food and words and words and food. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that it’s a combination I prefer. Maslow coined food as one of the most basic human needs. Yet when do words come into his famous pyramid? Do they enter in the layer just above bodily function called safety which includes things like family, employment and morality or are they contained in the middle ground of love and belonging where we see friendship and intimacy?
Regardless, there are a great many things written and told about food. So much so that it is a basic defining cultural element and builds what we have come to know as a food heritage. Here are ten of my favorite food quotes:
1. “I think it could plausibly be argued that changes of diet are more important than changes of dynasty or even of religion. The Great War, for instance, could never have happened if tinned food had not been invented. And the history of the past four hundred years in England would have been immensely different if it had not been for the introduction of root-crops and various other vegetables at the end of the middle ages, and a little later the introduction of non-alcoholic drinks (tea, coffee, cocoa) and also of distilled liquors to which the beer-drinking English were not accustomed. Yet it is curious how seldom the all-importance of food is recognized. You see statues everywhere to politicians, poets, bishops, but none to cooks or bacon-curers or market-gardeners.” – George Orwell
2. “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
3. “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” – Julia Child
4. ” To be interested in food but not in food production is clearly absurd.” – Wendell Berry
5. “You can do a lot for your diet by eliminating foods that have mascots.” – Ted Spiker
6. “Let things taste of what they are.” – Alice Waters
7. “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 and William Wright
8. “Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” – Albert Einstein
9. “What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child?” – Lin Yutang
10. “Let us pray for those who labor by day to put food on our tables and often go to sleep hungry at night.” – Cesar Chavez
This post was inspired by a group of friends in Ohio at Lettuce Never Squash Our Love.