Photo: Oranges (Some rights reserved)

Fave quotes about food and drink

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

When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.
– Henny Youngman

Each gorilla has its own voice: you can really tell who’s singing, and if it’s their favourite food, they sing louder.
Ali Vella-Irving, who looks after gorillas at Toronto Zoo in Canada, says humming and singing is a frequent part of mealtimes, cited in Wild gorillas compose happy songs that they hum during meals – New Scientist

You eat with your eyes first.
– Popular saying

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
– Hippocrates

Real local food supports the local economy; as the New Economics Foundation found, every £10 spent on food from local businesses generates £25 for the local economy, compared with £14 for every £10 spent in non-local food businesses. A shorter traceability line from field to fork is not reliant on air and shipping freight, so it increases food security.
Can we believe labels that claim food is ‘local’?

We’re eating the planet.
– Jason Clay, Economics, Behavior and Biodiversity Loss: Sustainability as a Pre-competitive Issue

Question – Isn’t it about time for the ministries of food and health to share the same office?
Andrew Campbell: I doubt if there is an interdepartmental committee in which agricultural and health get together on a regular basis. They’re not seen as ships in the same ocean let alone as part of an integrated system. We don’t have the information systems and other tools in a coherent policy.
Bush Telegraph,
Paddock to Plate: Food, Farming & Victoria’s Progress to Sustainability (PDF)

Public gardens, too, are responding to the demand for knowledge. At Auckland’s Botanic Gardens, for example, staff have just planted the first of a six-stage redevelopment of its edible garden because visitors say they want to see more vegetables.
– Maggie Barry, Natural born gardners

We have built our education systems on the model of fast food. This is something Jamie Oliver talked about the other day. You know there are two models of quality assurance in catering. One is fast food, where everything is standardized. The other are things like Zagat and Michelin restaurants, where everything is not standardized, they’re customized to local circumstances. And we have sold ourselves into a fast food model of education. And it’s impoverishing our spirit and our energies as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies.
Ken Richardson, Bring on the learning revolution

Our focus is all about social and cultural, not just plain economics … The market out there doesn’t just want a mass produced product, but they want the story behind the product. They want to know there are gains to indigenous people from where it comes.
– Pat Torres, wild harvest businesswoman based in Broome, The future of bush food, detail

Der Mensch ist, was er ißt. (you are what you eat)
– German proverb

Kissin’ wears out, cooking don’t.
– Pennsylvania Dutch proverb

Grow pears for your heirs.
– Popular saying

Local food is about the future. By supporting local farmers today, you can help ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow, and that future generations will have access to nourishing, flavorful and abundant food.
Bill McKibben

He aha te kai o te rangatira? He Korero, he korero, he korero. (What is the food of the leader? It is knowledge. It is communication.)
Maori Proverb

Sin maíz, no hay país. (Without corn, there is no country.)
– Mexican proverb

To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.
La Rochefoucauld

Kohikohia he kai nö tö mahinga kai ka hoatu ai i tëtahi wähanga. (Gather together food from your garden and give some of it away.)
– Maori Proverb

La panza es primero. (The stomach comes first)
– Mexican saying

There’s many a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lip.
– English proverb

Grub first, then ethics
– Bertolt Brecht

Public gardens, too, are responding to the demand for knowledge. At Auckland’s Botanic Gardens, for example, staff have planted the first of a six-stage redevelopment of its edible garden because visitors say they want to see more vegetables.
– Maggie Barry, Natural Born Gardners

Ni amor recomendzado ni chocolate recalentado.
Neither rekindle a love affair nor reheat chocolate.

Without a place to sell local products, farmers lose hope. And without local food traditions, people lose hope. If you don’t dream, you don’t exist. So let’s dream together.
– Kamal Mouzawak, founder of the farmers’ market in Beirut, Gathering to Celebrate Food Made the Old, Slow Way – New York Times

Food for the masses, that’s the new mission.
– Michael Franti and Spearhead, Yell Fire, Everybody Ona Move

Never two of anything!
– Foodie’s rule on ordering as a way of trying the maximum number of dishes.

Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork.
– Proverb

If you don’t taste the country, you don’t see the country.
– Conversation

Girl Scout: Is this made from real lemons?
Wednesday: Yes.
Girl Scout: I only like all-natural foods and beverages, organically grown, with no preservatives. Are you sure they’re real lemons?
Pugsley: Yes.
Girl Scout: I’ll tell you what. I’ll buy a cup if you buy a box of my delicious Girl Scout cookies. Do we have a deal?
Wednesday: Are they made from real Girl Scouts?
– The Addams Family (1991)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.