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Sometimes you need more than a good recipe to get you excited about hauling yourself into the kitchen to make dinner. Sometimes you need actual inspiration. Here are 25 quotes from the famous (cookbook authors, chefs, TV personalities—even a fictional movie character, with a quote you could apply just as easily to life as you could to that braised short rib recipes). Share your favorite quotes in the comments.

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

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

3. “Soup dumplings, sitcoms, one-night stands—good ones leave you wanting more.” –Eddie Huang

4. “Greens are a dish that most Southerners would walk a mile for.” –Edna Lewis

5. “It has always been about ingredients. It was when I started and more than ever, is now.” –Jeremiah Tower

6. You could probably get through life without knowing how to roast a chicken, but the question is, would you want to?” –Nigella Lawson

7. “Success is born out of arrogance, but greatness comes from humility.” –Marco Pierre White

8. “Always remember: If you’re alone in the kitchen and you drop the lamb, you can always just pick it up. Who’s going to know?” –Julia Child

9. “I believe that if ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there were enough tarragon around.” –James Beard


10. “Most plants taste better when they’ve had to suffer a little.” –Diana Kennedy

11. “The most powerful social media: It is not the internet, it is not Facebook, it is food. This connects all human beings.” –Alex Atala

12. “Even more then long hours in the kitchen, fine meals require ingenious organization and experience which is a pleasure to acquire.” –Elizabeth David

13. “This special feeling towards fruit, its glory and abundance, is I would say universal…. We respond to strawberry fields or cherry orchards with a delight that a cabbage patch or even an elegant vegetable garden cannot provoke.” –Jane Grigson

14. “Almost every person has something secret he likes to eat.” –M.F.K. Fisher

15. “Good food is a right, not a privilege. It brings children into a positive relationship with their health, community, and environment.” –Alice Waters

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

17. “There is no conflict between a better meal and a better world.” –Rene Redzepi


18. “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.” –Sophia Loren

19. “I say grace. I’m a big believer in grace. I happen to believe in a God that made all the food and so I’m pretty grateful for that and I thank him for that. But I’m also thankful for the people that put the food on the table.” –Alton Brown

20. “Anyone who thinks they’re too grown up or too sophisticated to eat caramel corn, is not invited to my house for dinner.” –Ruth Reichl

21. “Sometimes, in the deepest moments, there are no words. There is only food.” –Roy Choi

22. “The Italians were eating with forks when the French were still eating each other.” –Mario Batali

23. “The art of cooking is among the most intimate things that we can do for another.” –Charlie Trotter

24. “Never be a food snob. Learn from everyone you meet: the fish guy at your market, the lady at the local diner, farmers, cheese makers. Ask questions, try everything and eat up!” –Rachael Ray

25. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” –Ferris Bueller

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