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50 Cooking Quotes To Inspire You to Make Wonders the Kitchen

Cooking is an activity that’s natural to people. It is absolutely vital and one of the essential skills that we need for our survival.

There’s millions of ways to cook, but in its essence, cooking is all about making food that’s healthy and tasty. Whether you’re enjoying it, or other people are, food is something that can make or break someone’s day.

Here are some cooking quotes to remind you of the importance of it.

Anyone who’s cooked before knows that someone praising the dish you prepared is one of the greatest joys, and we can all admit that we see our favorite chefs as heroes.

Cooking is universally something that’s part of all our lives and its influence on us is massive.

Inspirational Cooking Quotes

“Being a boss, it comes at a cost. You have to be really, really driven but I wouldn’t trade it for the world because now I really get to enjoy this thing that we call life. I’m doing what I love to do, and it doesn’t feel like work.” – Erica Barrett

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

“To become a doctor, you need to go to medical school. To become a lawyer, you need a J.D. But to become a chef, you just put your time in at restaurants and learn by doing.” – Caroline Schiff

“The kitchen is where you put all the ingredients together. No matter what you do in life, you have to have a plan and put it together.” – Yo Gotti

“Kitchens should be designed around what’s truly important – fun, food, and life.” – Daniel Boulud

“In the kitchen of your life’, you have a choice as to what ingredients you want to use to build yourself up.” – Selorm Betepe Alfred

“If I walked into the kitchen without washing my hands as a kid, I’d hear a loud ‘A-hem!’ from my mother or grandmother. Now I count on other people to do the same.” – Maya Angelou

“Taste as you go. When you taste the food throughout the cooking process, you can make adjustments as you go.” – Anne Burrell

“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” – Harry S. Truman

“Always start out with a larger pot than what you think you need.” – Julia Child

“Cookery is not chemistry. It is an art. It requires instinct and taste rather than exact measurements.” – Marcel Boulestin

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

“Mastering one recipe is better than mastering too many. Learn something and own it, and you’ll feel so much better about it. You’ll have more confidence if you’ve made it five times, and that confidence adds so much fun to cooking.” – Tom Douglas

“I love cooking because I love to eat. I’m inspired by the comforting soul food I’d eat as a kid, flavors from cultures all around the world, what I happen to see at the farmer’s market, and social media food trends. My personal cooking style is all about flavor and color. I want everything I prepare to be exciting and interesting, even if it’s something we’re all familiar with.” – Jenne Claiborne

“I don’t believe in twisting yourself into knots of excuses and explanations over the food you make. When one’s hostess starts in with self-deprecations such as “Oh, I don’t know how to cook…,” or “Poor little me…,” or “This may taste awful…,” it is so dreadful to have to reassure her that everything is delicious and fine, whether it is or not. Besides, such admissions only draw attention to one’s shortcomings (or self-perceived shortcomings), and make the other person think, “Yes, you’re right, this really is an awful meal!” Maybe the cat has fallen into the stew, or the lettuce has frozen, or the cake has collapsed — eh bien, tant pis! Usually one’s cooking is better than one thinks it is. And if the food is truly vile, as my ersatz eggs Florentine surely were, then the cook must simply grit her teeth and bear it with a smile — and learn from her mistakes.” – Julia Child

Family Cooking Quotes

Family Cooking Quotes

“I think preparing food and feeding people brings nourishment not only to our bodies but to our spirits. Feeding people is a way of loving them, in the same way that feeding ourselves is a way of honoring our own createdness and fragility.” – Shauna Niequist

“Cooking is one of the strongest ceremonies for life. When recipes are put together, the kitchen is a chemical laboratory involving air, fire, water and the earth. This is what gives value to humans and elevates their spiritual qualities. If you take a frozen box and stick it in the microwave, you become connected to the factory.” – Laura Esquivel

“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.” – Laurie Colwin

“I don’t like food that’s too carefully arranged; it makes me think that the chef is spending too much time arranging and not enough time cooking. If I wanted a picture I’d buy a painting.” – Andy Rooney

“The kitchen is the heart of every home, for the most part. It evokes memories of your family history.” – Debi Mazar

“I’ve been my mom’s kitchen helper since I was a little kid.” – Taylor Swift

“Good food is healthy food. Food is supposed to sustain you so you can live better, not so you can eat more. Some people eat to live, and some people live to eat.” – Yolanda Adams

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

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

“Laughter is brightest where food is best.” – Irish Proverb

“I think careful cooking is love, don’t you? The loveliest thing you can cook for someone who’s close to you is about as nice a valentine as you can give.” – Julia Child

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

“We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.” – Epicurus

“Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go.” – Anthony Bourdain

“Love and eggs are best when they are fresh.” – Russian proverb

“If you are a chef, no matter how good a chef you are, it’s not good cooking for yourself; the joy is in cooking for others. It’s the same with music.” –

Cooking Quotes Short

Cooking Quotes Short

“There ain’t a body, be it mouse or man, that ain’t made better by a little soup.” – Kate DiCamillo

“Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.” – Don Kardong

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” – Ann Wigmore

“I can’t stand people that do not take food seriously.” – Oscar Wilde

“Cooking is the ultimate giving.” – Jamie Oliver

“Cooking and baking is both physical and mental therapy.” – Mary Berry

“Cook more often. Don’t study; just cook.” – Masaharu Morimoto

“Save the Planet…Buy Organic” – Nancy Philips

“Food is an important part of a balanced diet.” – Frank Lebowitz

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” – Elbert Hubbard

“The most important thing for me is to really buy the best ingredient.” – Wolfgang Puck

“Eating good food is my favorite thing in the world. Nothing is more blissful.” – Justine Larbalestier

“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.” – David Mamet

“You can go anywhere in the world, and people’s faces light up when they put delicious food in their mouths.” – Sandi Toksvig

“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” – François de la Rochefoucauld

“I don’t like looking back. I’m always constantly looking forward. I’m not the one to sort of sit and cry over spilt milk. I’m too busy looking for the next cow.” – Gordon Ramsay

“I love the culture of grilling. It creates an atmosphere that is festive but casual.” – Bobby Flay

“This crab is so undercooked I can still hear it singing ‘Under the Sea!’” – Gordon Ramsay

“If you can organize your kitchen, you can organize your life.” – Louis Parrish


We hope you enjoyed these cooking quotes from the heart of some of the greatest chefs out there. Did they get you to look at this activity through another perspective?

Inspired you to get better at it and fill your & your favorite people’s lives with good food? If so, you can always come back to them. Or, you can check out some of our other articles.

Thank you for your time and we wish you a great career in your kitchen. Have a good one.