Friday, August 1, 2014

Food Quotations--Part II

Did you enjoy the post in June on food quotations? ( I hope so because there are more today. You may wonder why I collect food quotes. Maybe because I need something else to do? Nah! That ain’t it!

I sprinkle food quotes into my Twitter feed periodically. People like quotes and often retweet them, thus giving me higher visibility. That’s good for an author!

Food quotes can be very funny or, conversely, profound. In quotes, I often see layers of meaning like tiramisu, with soft spongy stuff interspersed with gooeyness and then solid chunks to chew on. For example, Charlie Brown said,:
       “Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.”
Now that’s a simile everyone can relate to!

Or how about:
“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at
all.”  ~Harriet Van Horne

Imagine the implications of this quote. What does “with abandon” really mean? Would you ever, truly jump into love without considering consequences? And what might be the consequences?

Thus, you can see how food quotes create situations and suggest characters that can enrich your writing. I can see a scene, quite comedic, based on the Jay Leno quote: 
"I went into McDonald's yesterday and said, 'I'd like some fries.' 
The girl at the counter said, 'Would you like some fries with that?' "

Or perhaps you can see a rushed sex scene based on this quote from James Beard:
“A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.”

For sure I can see a plot line from Ernestine Ulmer’s saying. Someone grabs at life and experiences it all. Screw delayed gratification!
“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.”

Enjoy these and imagine how one or more might play out in your manuscript!

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

Food without wine is a corpse; wine without food is a ghost; united and well matched they are as body and soul, living partners.  ~Andre Simon

They go together like chocolate and peanut butter.  ~Paul Sagawa

A plentitude of peanut butter and a dearth of hot mustard. ~Patrick Dean

Food Quote: Peanut butter is the pâté of childhood.  ~Florence Fabricant

Food Quote: Do you want to make a tamale with peanut butter and jelly? Go ahead! Somebody will eat it. ~Bobby Flay

What is food to one man may be fierce poison to others. ~Lucretius

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

Sex is good, but not as good as fresh, sweet corn.  ~Garrison Keillor

Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.  ~M. F. K. Fisher

Fish, to taste right, must swim three times – in water, in butter and in wine. ~Polish proverb

Do vegetarians eat animal crackers?  ~Author Unknown

It’s so beautifully arranged on the plate – you know someone’s fingers have been all over it.    ~Julia Child

I don’t even butter my bread; I consider that cooking.  ~Katherine Cebrian

What are some food quotes that tickle your fancy or inspire a story line or give you a life insight you didn’t have before? Please share in the comments below. I’m always on the lookout for new quotes!

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