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Cooking Quotes

If you’re in need of inspiration to cook up a beautiful recipe for your family, these 45 cooking quotes will be sure to excite and inspire you. Pouring your passion, heart, and soul into creating a delicious meal, using tasty ingredients, can bring so much joy and happiness. To many, cooking is like therapy; time in the kitchen, filled with divine smells and tastes and sharing their culinary creations with the people they love.

If you love to cook, you will love these quotations, and if you’re trying to get more into cookery, I hope that these sayings will motivate you to get started! Brought to you by famous chefs, cooks, and inspirational people. Enjoy!

1. “Real cooking is more about following your heart than following recipes.” – Unknown

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2. “No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.” – Julia Child

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3. “Cooking is about passion, so it may look slightly temperamental in a way that it’s too assertive to the naked eye.” – Gordon Ramsay

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4. “Cooking is like snow skiing: If you don’t fall at least 10 times, then you’re not skiing hard enough.” – Guy Fieri

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5. “You don’t come into cooking to get rich.” – Gordon Ramsay

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6. “I love cooking. Not for myself alone. Cooking is about giving.” – Christine Lagarde

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7. “Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” – Harriet Van Horne

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8. “For me, cooking is very connected to my family and friends” – Trisha Yearwood

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9. “Cooking is the art of adjustment.” – Jacques Pepin

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10. “I don’t like gourmet cooking or this cooking or that cooking. I like good cooking” – James Beard

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11. “Cooking done with care is an act of love.” – Craig Claiborne

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12. “If you’re not the one cooking, stay out of the way and compliment the chef.” – Michael Strahan

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13. “I lived my whole life in the kitchen. Not only that, but it’s the passion, it’s the love for cooking and food. It’s dictated my entire life – every aspect of it.” – Grant

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14. “In cooking, as in all the arts, simplicity is the sign of perfection.” – Curnonsky

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15. “Cooking is like making love, you do it well, or you do not do it at all.” – Harriet Van Horne

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16. “A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe.” – Thomas Keller

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17. “Oh, I adore to cook. It makes me feel so mindless in a worthwhile way.” –  Truman Capote

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18. “The most indispensable ingredient of all good home cooking: love for those you are cooking for” – Sophia Loren

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19. “Cooking is the most succulent of human pleasures.” – Sylvia Townsend Warner

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20. “Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.” –  H. Jackson Brown

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21. “Cookery is become an art, a noble science; cooks are gentlemen.” –  Robert Burton

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22. “Cooking is great, but the meal that has been prepared for you with love is the best.” – Stephen Richards

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23. “Cooking certain dishes, like roast pork, reminds me of my mother.” –  Maya Angelou

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24. “Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” – Harriet Van Horne

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25. “I feel a recipe is only a theme, which an intelligent cook can play each time with a variation.” – Madam Benoit

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26. “I will pursue my passion of cooking every day until my hands fall off and I lose all sense of smell and taste.” – Nicole Trunfio

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27. “The history of cooking is my passion, and cooking is my passion.” – Jose Andres

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28. “I still love football, though, and I think cooking is like football. It’s not a job, it’s a passion. When you become good at it, it’s a dream job and financially you need never to worry. Ever.” – Gordon Ramsay

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29. “In the abstract art of cooking, ingredients trump appliances, passion supersedes expertise, creativity triumphs over technique, spontaneity inspires invention, and wine makes even the worst culinary disaster taste delicious.” – Bob Blumer

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30. “Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors – it’s how you combine them that sets you apart.” – Wolfgang Puck

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31. “Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.” – Guy Fieri

32. “What my mother believed about cooking is that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you” – Nora Ephron

33. “You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” – Paul Prudhomme

34. “In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom.”– Barbara Costikyan

35. “Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian, wine and tarragon make it French, sour cream makes it Russian, lemon and cinnamon make it Greek, soy sauce makes it Chinese, garlic makes it good.” – Alice May Brock  

36. “Cooking and shopping for food brings rhythm and meaning to our lives.” – Alice Waters

37. “A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe.” – Thomas Keller

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

39. “We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.” – Anna Thomas

40. “The greatest dishes are very simple.” – Auguste Escoffier

41. “Cooking demands attention, patience, and, above all, a respect for the gifts of the earth.” – Judith B Jones

42. “Cooking is at once one of the simplest and most gratifying of the arts, but to cook well, one must love and respect food.” – Craig Claiborne

43. “Kitchens are hard environments and they form incredibly strong characters.” – Gordon Ramsay

44. “The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star.” – Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

45. “Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.” – William Shakespeare