Put your heart and soul into what you cook
Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.
~ Harriet van Horne – an American newspaper columnist and film/television critic
Put time and care into your cooking
Enchant, stay beautiful and graceful, but do this, eat well. Bring the same consideration to the preparation of your food as you devote to your appearance. Let your dinner be a poem, like your dress.
~ Charles Pierre Monselet – a 19th century French author
Don’t try to make it too fancy
Make [food] simple and let things taste of what they are.
~ Curnonsky – dubbed the Prince of Gastronomy, was the most celebrated writer on gastronomy in France in the 20th century
Keep in mind why you are cooking
Food is not about impressing people. It’s about making them feel comfortable.
~ Ina Garten – an American author, host of the Food Network program Barefoot Contessa, and former White House nuclear policy analyst
Ask experts for advice
If God had intended us to follow recipes, He wouldn’t have given us grandmothers.
~ Linda Henley-Smith – author, educator, speaker and opera singer
Cooking is an art and patience a virtue… Careful shopping, fresh ingredients and an unhurried approach are nearly all you need. There is one more thing – love. Love for food and love for those you invite to your table. With a combination of these things you can be an artist – not perhaps in the representational style of a Dutch master, but rather more like Gauguin, the naïve, or Van Gogh, the impressionist. Plates or pictures of sunshine taste of happiness and love.
~ Keith Floyd – a British chef and television personality who hosted numerous cooking shows for the BBC
Start with the basics and the rest will come
Once you understand the foundations of cooking – whatever kind you like, whether it’s French or Italian or Japanese – you really don’t need a cookbook anymore.
~ Thomas Keller – an American chef, restaurateur, and cookbook writer