Daily Culinary Quote: Cooking for oneself (both decadent and strange)

This was meant for December 17th, 2017. Apologies for being late:

“Because cooks love the social aspect of food, cooking for one is intrinsically interesting. A good meal is like a present, and it can feel goofy, at best, to give yourself a present. On the other hand, there is something life affirming in taking the trouble to feed yourself well, or even decently. Cooking for yourself allows you to be strange or decadent or both. The chances of liking what you make are high, but if it winds up being disgusting, you can always throw it away and order a pizza; no one else will know. In the end, the experimentation, the impulsiveness, and the invention that such conditions allow for will probably make you a better cook.”

~ Jenni Ferrari-Adler (Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant : Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone)

Daily Culinary Quote: The Secret to Pie is Pie

“The secret to pie,” she said, sweeping around the kitchen and peering into cupboards, “is the crust. And the filling. And the topping.”

“So the secret to pie is pie?”

“Am I wrong?” she asked, placing pie tins next to an oversized marble rolling pin on the counter.

“It’s not all that much of a secret,” I told her.

“Yet so few people ever get it right…”

~ K. B. Spangler (The Russians Came Knocking)

Daily Culinary Quote: Crack Cocaine Tassies

“Pecans are not cheap, my hons. In fact, in the South, the street value of shelled pecans just before holiday baking season is roughly that of crack cocaine. Do not confuse the two. It is almost impossible to make a decent crack cocaine tassie, I am told.”

~ Celia Rivenbark (You Can’t Drink All Day If You Don’t Start in the Morning)

Daily Culinary Quote: Evil Genius Cake

Karl: How serendipitous that your little crisis of faith would coincide with my plans—the icing on my evil genius cake.

King Julien: That cake is iced with failure frosting, Karl… and I’m saving you a corner piece.

~ Spoken by characters Karl and King Julien from “All Hail King Julien”


“Are You There, Frank? It’s Me, King Julien.” All Hail King Julien, written by Sharon Flynn, voiced by Danny Jacobs and Dwight Schultz, Netflix Original Series, 16 Oct. 2015