Daily Culinary Quotes (for 11/26/17): America – It’s a potluck with salad

“America, it has been observed, is not really a melting pot. It is actually a huge potluck dinner, in which platters of roasted chicken beckon beside casseroles of pasta, mounds of tortillas, stew pots of gumbo, and skillets filled with pilafs of every imaginable color.”

~ Andrea Chesman  (“Mom’s Best One-Dish Suppers: 101 Easy Homemade Favorites, as Comforting Now as They Were Then”)

“We don’t need a melting pot in this country, folks. We need a salad bowl. In a salad bowl, you put in the different things. You want the vegetables – the lettuce, the cucumbers, the onions, the green peppers – to maintain their identity. You appreciate differences.”

~ Jane Elliot


Daily Culinary Quote (for 11/25/17): I wish I were a potato…

“Often I Wish I Were
a potato.

Eyes opened
in all directions.

of the cold earth.

The difference
between life and death

for somebody.”

~ Katerina Stoykova-Klemer
“Въздухът около пеперудата” [The air around the butterfly]

Daily Culinary Quote: When we exist without thought or thanksgiving…

“There are very few men and women, I suspect, who cooked and marketed their way through the past war without losing forever some of the nonchalant extravagance of the Twenties. They will feel, until their final days on earth, a kind of culinary caution: butter, no matter how unlimited, is a precious substance not lightly to be wasted; meats, too, and eggs, and all the far-brought spices of the world, take on a new significance, having once been so rare. And that is good, for there can be no more shameful carelessness than with the food we eat for life itself When we exist without thought or thanksgiving we are not men, but beasts.”

~ M. F. K. Fisher (“The Art of Eating: 50th Anniversary Edition”)