Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Quotes du Jour

So many times I read books that inspire me, and various quotes jump out to inspire me to keep improving my diet, to continue searching for local sources of food, and to live fully. This seems as good a place as any to compile those quotes and share them with you!

"Our diets should be spontaneous, flexible, and creative. Living a healthy life is about enjoying each moment and reveling in its magic. Hence, our relationship with food should not be burdensome."
--Bryant Terry, Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen

"The things most worth wanting are not available everywhere all the time."
--Alice Waters (found in This Organic Life by Joan Dye Gussow)

"I'm just a pastry chef... I don't know any better!" --Spicyflower

"Laughter is brightest where food is best" --Irish proverb

"Good recipes, like true love, are better given than bought." --Helen Nearing, Simple Food for the Good Life

"Cooking is a way to make sense of my days, and to make something beautiful of them." --Orangette

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." --J. R. R. Tolkien

"Cooking something thoughtfully is a way to celebrate both that species and our relation to it." --Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma, p.404

"The food industry has gazed upon nature and found it wanting – and has gotten to work improving it." --Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma, p.97

"Taste is a sense, but it is also a common sense." --Paul Hawken, from Center for Ecoliteracy

"... our culinary landscape has been so eviscerated by mindless industrialization... that people who love food have to obsess about it." --Tom Philpott, from Edible Media

"You will have to cook. To get the most out of your food dollar, you will have to use your kitchen. It doesn't mean the end of the world. Your rice can simmer while you watch American Idol. The beans can soak overnight, and then you can leave them bubbling in your slow cooker the next day while you're at work. The chicken stock can enrich itself while you're over there blogging. Give it a try." --Cookiecrumb on the Penny-Wise Eat Local Challenge

“We could continue to decipher every far-flung product that appeared on our supermarket shelves. Or we could start fresh. We could immerse ourselves in the here and now, and the simple pleasures of eating would become a form of knowing.” --Alisa Smith, Plenty, p.33

"He told us that in India it's sometimes considered a purification ritual to go home and spend a year eating everything from one place -- ideally, even to grow it yourself. I liked this name for what we had done: a purification ritual, to cultivate health and gratitude. It sounds so much better than wackadoo." --Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, pp 338-339

"Real foods are health foods and do not need to be made functional to be good for you. They are functional just the way they are." -- Marion Nestle, What to Eat, p.480

"When I find a restaurant that tells me where the ingredients come from and whose land and labor are behind them, if I can tell how far things have traveled from the field to the plate, I know I am being served by people who understand that the best food begins on a good farm." -- Michael Ableman, Fields of Plenty, p.32

"...farming is an encounter, not with an idea but with a place." -- Wendell Berry

"Preparing a dish or a meal is not merely an effort to satisfy physical hunger but often a quest for the good life." -- Janet Theophano, Eat My Words, p.7

"Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should note be indulged in lightly." -- M. F. K. Fisher

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." --Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food
"Ate plants. A big heap. Still hungry." --A.K., winner of New York Times contest

"Everything we taste is snatched from death: our responsibility is to taste it completely." --John Tarrant

"...gardening offers the distinct personal satisfaction of knowing the whole story of food that you raise, gather, cook, and eat." --Ann Vileisis, Kitchen Literacy

"When we begin to heal the broken relationships in our food system, the nutrition of our food begins to improve." --
Jessica Prentice, Full Moon Feast

"By turning our food over to someone else's care, we have handed over much of the control of the rest of our lives as well."
--Paul Roberts, The End of Food

"...we need to wean the American food system off its heavy 20th-century diet of fossil fuel and put it back on a diet of contemporary sunshine." --Michael Pollan

"The first plant you want to get rooted in the earth is yourself."
--Gene Logsdon, Organic Orcharding

"When you grow some of your own food, you start to care more about all of your food."
--Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen, The Urban Homestead

"I teach people how to grow their own food, which is shockingly subversive. Yes, it's seditious. But it's peaceful sedition." --Bill Mollison

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