Words from writers whom I consider worthwhile:


“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”

Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin


“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.”

Fergus Henderson


“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. “

Mark Bittman


“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.”

Pellegrino Artusi


“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.”


2 Responses to Quotes

  1. Louanne says:

    I happened upon your blog while searching for someone else, actually. Nothing happens without a reason, however. I’ve not laughed much of late, but after reading the Gwyneth Paltrow comments above, I did. Laugh, that is. Then, I read your post about feeding your son, and I laughed even more. To top it all off, your recipes are delicious. So, thank you, on both accounts.

    • Will says:

      Dear Louanne,

      Thank you very much for reading, and – more importantly – for the most generous comments. Glad you enjoy some of my scribblings. Much appreciated.

      Best wishes,


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