The Best Food Quotes of All Time (Warning: May Cause Hunger)

In his 1979 novel Jailbird, the master storyteller and all-around American hero Kurt Vonnegut wrote, “You can’t just eat good food. You’ve got to talk about it too. And you’ve got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food.” We’re with him on that one. Food — great, mind-blowing food or even mildly passable food in the right circumstances (hello quarter wings at a dive bar, am I right?) — can be a transcendental experience and it deserves to be talked about. It could be over a beer (or multiple beers), or sitting poolside at the end of a long day, or it could happen anywhere.

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For some, though, putting words to such a great (or terrible) experience might seem as monumental a difficulty as cooking the meal they just consumed. That’s okay, though. Not everyone is skilled in the same ways (and that’s what makes us all individuals .. .cue “The More You Know” comet), and there are plenty of people out there that have already put words to the page to describe food.

Next time you have a great meal — or just need a new quote to post on Twitter — scroll down for the best food quotes. Ever.

And when your’re done, check out the best quotes about whiskey and beer.

Anthony Bourdain

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“Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”

M.F.K. Fisher

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“First we eat, then we do everything else.”

W.C. Fields

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“I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.”

Erma Bombeck

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“I am not a glutton – I am an explorer of food.”

James Beard

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“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”

Gael Greene

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“Great food is like great sex. The more you have the more you want.”

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

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“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”

Paul Prudhomme

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“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.”

Julia Child

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“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.”

Jonathan Swift

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“He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.”

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