To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist—the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know exactly how much oil one must put with one’s vinegar.
—Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) Irish Poet, Playwright
To the old saying that man built the house but woman made of it a “home” might be added the modern supplement that woman accepted cooking as a chore but man has made of it a recreation.
—Emily Post (1873–1960) American Writer, Socialite
‘Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.
—William Shakespeare (1564–1616) British Playwright
There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves.
—Thomas Wolfe (1900–38) American Novelist
Kissing don’t last; cookery do!
—George Meredith (1828–1909) British Novelist, Poet, Critic
I did toy with the idea of doing a cook-book. The recipes were to be the routine ones: how to make dry toast, instant coffee, hearts of lettuce and brownies. But as an added attraction, at no extra charge, my idea was to put a fried egg on the cover. I think a lot of people who hate literature but love fried eggs would buy it if the price was right.
—Groucho Marx (1890–1977) American Actor, Comedian, Singer
Not on morality, but on cookery, let us build our stronghold: there brandishing our frying-pan, as censer, let us offer sweet incense to the Devil, and live at ease on the fat things he has provided for his elect.
—Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881) Scottish Historian, Essayist