Daily Culinary Quote: Preparing Supper

“Sitting on the porch alone, listening to them fixing supper, he felt again the indignation he had felt before, the sense of loss and the aloneness, the utter defenselessness that was each man’s lot, sealed up in his bee cell from all the others in the world. But the smelling of boiling vegetables and pork reached him from the inside, the aloneness left him for a while. The warm moist smell promised other people lived and were preparing supper.

He listened to the pouring and the thunder rumblings that sounded hollow like they were in a rainbarrel, shared the excitement and the coziness of the buzzing insects that had sought refuge on the porch, and now and then he slapped detachedly at the mosquitoes, making a sharp crack in the pouring buzzing silence. The porch sheltered him from all but the splashes of the drops that hit the floor and their spray touched him with a pleasant chill. And he was secure, because some where out beyond the wall of water humanity still existed, and was preparing supper.”

~ James Jones (From Here to Eternity)

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”)


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.