Words from writers whom I consider worthwhile:
“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”
“Do not be afraid of cooking, as your ingredients will know, and misbehave. Enjoy your cooking and the food will behave; moreover it will pass your pleasure on to those who eat it.”
“Striving for brilliance in everyday cooking is a recipe for frustration. Rather, everyday cooking is about preparing good, wholesome, tasty, varied meals for the ones you love. This is a simple, satisfying pleasure. Your results need not be perfect to give you this gift, to which all humans are entitled. “
“Life has two principal functions: nourishment and the propagation of the species. Those who turn their minds to these two needs of existence, who study them and suggest practices whereby they might best be satisfied, make life less gloomy and benefit humanity.”
“He bringeth forth grass for the cattle: and green herb for the service of men;
That he may bring food out of the earth, and wine that maketh glad the heart of man: and oil to make him a cheerful countenance, and bread to strengthen man’s heart.
The trees of the Lord are also full of sap: even the cedars of Libanus which he hath planted.”
Prayer Book, 1662
Words from Gwyneth Paltrow, whom I consider ridiculous:
“The stove is really the epicenter of my house — I am never far away from it and most of the time there is something atop it, simmering away for my family.”
“One evening when I had my wood-burning stove going I realized I hadn’t thought of dessert.”
“When I pass a flowering zucchini plant in a garden, my heart skips a beat.”
- Gonads on toast.
- Cockroach Of The Sea.
- Caesar Salad: the taste of loneliness.
- Arrivederci Nonna.
- In defense of the Happy Meal.
- Fish Soup, and why the French are annoying.
- Baking turns me into Woody Allen.
- Tuber Magnatum: worth selling a kidney for?
- Off-piste Italian.
- The silliest meal of my life (followed by a good mushroom recipe)
- Summer’s nearly over. Thank God.
- Prozac, Xanax, Chicken Tikka Masala.