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”When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste” - Laiko Bahrs

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

"Any healthy man can go without food for two days -- but not without poetry." - Charles Baudelaire

“Sadder than destitution, sadder than a beggar is the man who eats alone in public. Nothing more contradicts the laws of man or beast, for animals always do each other the honor of sharing or disputing each other's food.” - Jean Baudrillard

"Bring me an order of escargots, but hold the slugs." - Orson Bean

"I simply cannot imagine why anyone would eat something slimy served in an ashtray." - Henry Beard, on clams

"Chef: any cook who swears in French." - Henry Beard and Roy McKie

“A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart, who looks at her watch.” - James Beard

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

“Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.” - Ludwig van Beethoven

"Dine we must and we may as well dine elegantly as well as wholesomely." - Isabella Beeton

"Caviar is to dining what a sable coat is to a girl in evening dress." - Ludwig Bemelmans

"Hors d’Oeuvre: a ham sandwich cut into forty pieces." - Jack Benny

"I find a recipe is only a theme, which an intelligent cook can play each time with a variation." - Madame Benoit

"Anytime a person goes into a delicatessen and orders pastrami on white bread, somewhere a Jew dies." - Milton Berle

"And now, dear Lord, I cannot wait, Because I have a luncheon date." - John Betjeman

“Edible. Good to eat and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a
snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm.” - Ambrose Bierce

"CRAYFISH, n. A small crustacean very much resembling the lobster, but less indigestible." - Ambrose Bierce

"DEJEUNER, n. The breakfast of an American who has been in Paris. Variously pronounced." - Ambrose Bierce

"Fork: An instrument used chiefly for the purpose of putting dead animals into the mouth." - Ambrose Bierce

"FROG, n. A reptile with edible legs." - Ambrose Bierce

"Custard: A detestable substance produced by a malevolent conspiracy of the hen, the cow and the cook." - Ambrose Bierce

"Deliberation, n. The act of examining one's bread to determine which side it is buttered on." - Ambrose Bierce

"Rhubarb: essence of stomach ache." - Ambrose Bierce

"Mayonnaise: One of the sauces which serve the French in place of a state religion." - Ambrose Bierce

“To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making” - Otto von Bismarck

“When you cook it should be an act of love. To put a frozen bag in the microwave for your child is an act of hate.” - Raymond Blanc

“It's not the microwave that's the problem, it's what people put into them.” - Raymond Blanc

"It was quite a challenge to make people eat crab ice cream." - Heston Blumenthal

“Life is too short for cuisine minceur and for diets. Dietetic meals are like an opera without the orchestra.”- Paul Bocuse

"Without butter, without eggs, there is no reason to come to France." - Paul Bocuse

“The so-called nouvelle cuisine usually means not enough on your plate and too much on your bill.” - Paul Bocuse


“A hot dog in the ball park is better than a steak at the Ritz” - Humphrey Bogart

“A warmed-up dinner was never worth much.” - Boileau-Lutrin

“I am not a glutton - I am an explorer of food” - Erma Bombeck
“I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.” - Erma Bombeck

I tell you Wellington is a bad general, the English are bad soldiers; we will settle this matter by lunch time.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

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

“....the pleasure of eating something because it is expensive has absolutely nothing to do with the taste of good cuisine.” - Marcel Boulestin,

“Do not be afraid to talk about food. Food which is worth eating is worth discussing. And there is the occult power of words which somehow will develop its qualities.” - Marcel Boulestin

“Research tells us that fourteen out of any ten individuals like chocolate.” - Sandra Boynton
"The mere smell of cooking can evoke a whole civilization." - Fernand Braudel

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