New Project – Sharing my Food / Culinary Quote Collection

Sometime in 2002, I started collecting quotes about food and culinary life. If I had a reason for this, I’ve long since forgotten what it was. I do, however, blame my Mother for this quirk. Currently, my collection contains well over 1500 quotes.

Most of these quotes are about food (the eating of, preparation of, and even the lack thereof), nutrition, food politics and advocacy, and various aspects of the the culinary world. In some rare cases, there are quotes about things completely unrelated to food that are there to remind me why I sometimes find myself in kitchen when nothing else in life makes sense.

Many quotes come from books, articles, blogs, TV, film, conversations I’ve overheard, my lecture notes, and even once, from a friend’s Facebook post. Others come from various other collections of quotes (both printed and online).

Today’s Quote: 

Food matters because it’s one of the things that forces us to live in this world — this tactile, physical, messy, and beautiful world — no matter how hard we try to escape into our minds and our ideals. Food is a reminder of our humanity, our fragility, our createdness.

 ~Shauna Niequist (“Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes”)

Disclaimers:

Please note that just because I’ve included a quote in my collection, that does not necessarily mean I agree with the thought or idea (there will be many of these). I do have my reasons for including them, but that is a topic for a different time.

My source formatting is not consistent. I apologize for that. Hopefully one day I’ll get around to fixing it, but today is not that day. If there are mistakes in the attribution, please let me know so I can verify and update my information.

Once I figure out the best way to store the full collection online, I’ll set it up. But for now I’ll try to upload a single quote a day. (Based on the number of quotes currently in my spreadsheet, that should keep me busy for the next 4.3 years or so.)

If, for whatever reason, someone is looking for a food/culinary quote on a specific topic, leave a comment to let me know and I’ll see what I have.

A Halloween Fox

One of my coworkers, Shane, has a violent hatred of the song The Fox (What Does the Fox Say) by Ylvis.

(If you have no idea what I’m talking about, please visit this link and join the rest of the people who either hate it or love it. And if you you’re wondering what the hell they were thinking when they wrote it, you should take a look at some of their other songs***.)

My coworker dislikes the song so much, that if one of us turns it on while in the lab–usually just to annoy him–he’ll leave the room.

So when I found a large Halloween card with a fox on it last month, I HAD to buy it.

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The inside was fairly blah…

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After a little time spent playing around with background colors and font…

(and a trip to Kinkos to print it out since we haven’t replaced our dead printer yet).

…this is what Shane received for Halloween…

Yes, I went there...
Yes, I went there…

 

It’s a good thing he has a sense of humor.

 

***The song Work It is another one of my favorites, but it’s definitely not safe for kids.

 

The Power of Cheesecake

I’ve been sick on and off for the past month. The cake show went by as I had to back out of competing due to illness. I was well enough to attend, but fell ill again before I could post more than a tiny sample of the photos of the event. So much crap has happened over the past 30 days…

…but none of that matters now.

For I had cheesecake for breakfast, and all is good again in my world.

A Preview of a few of the Cakes from the Show

These are just a few that caught my eye today, and I don’t have any names of the creators since they were still judging some of them as I was taking photos (I’m missing some of the titles as well as I didn’t want to keep getting in everyone’s way). Also, these only go up partway through the Intermediate division because it’s getting late and I haven’t had much sleep lately.
 
 
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Forgot to collect the title of the cake – but I’m betting this one was made by Tyler Gary.

(Teen: Wedding Tiered)
 
 
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Forgot to collect the title of this one

(Culinary Student: Special Techniques)

 
 
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Grey seems to be one of the themes this year.

Title: Happy Birthday Alexa
(Adult Beginner: Novelty Tiered)

 
 
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Title: Where the Wild Things Are
(Adult Beginner: Novelty Tiered)

 
 
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Title: Kukul-kan Guarding its Temple
(Adult Beginner: Novelty Tiered)

 
 
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While I’m not sure I’d be willing to eat this cake, they did an amazing job with it.

Title: Willie Nelson
(Adult Intermediate: Sculpted Cakes)

 
 
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I think I’m beginning to like this color more than I used to.

Title: Paper Garden Cake
(Adult Intermediate: Novelty Tiered)

 
 
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And this is one of the better versions of this year’s big trend…peacocks (and grey).

Title: Peacock
(Adult Intermediate: Wedding Tiered)

See you tomorrow with more photos!