30 Cooking Quotes to Inspire Your Inner Chef


New year, new you. This is the year you’re finally going to cook more, eat out less, stay healthy and on budget. I believe in you – especially since this is something I plan on working on myself. No, really – we can do it!

But sometimes we need a little extra push to get inspired (trust me I know). That’s ok. Nothing a little old-fashioned positivity and discipline can’t cure. I’m a firm believer in surrounding myself with an inspirational quote or two to get in the right mindset to accomplish goals and resolutions. So, I’ve compiled a list of my favorites that will have you itching to get in the kitchen.

Cooking Quotes

Reinvigorate your enthusiasm for cooking (and maybe eating too) with these 30 quotes that are sure to bring out your inner foodie, and chef!

1. I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food. — W.C. Fields (tweet this)
2. The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude. — Julia Child
3. Cooking is about creating something delicious for someone else. — Ayumi Komura (tweet this)
4. 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
5. Always start out with a larger pot than what you think you need. — Julia Child (tweet this)
6. Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love. — Craig Claiborne

7. I cook. My favorite thing to make is love. — Jarod Kintz (tweet this)
8. Until I discovered cooking, I was never really interested in anything. — Julia Child (tweet this)
9. Oh, I adore to cook. It makes me feel so mindless in a worthwhile way. — Truman Capote (tweet this)
10. …no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing. — Julia Child (tweet this)
11. 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
12. Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation — experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way. — Paul Theroux
13. Invest in what’s real. Clean as you go. Drink while you cook. Make it fun. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It will be what it will be. — Gwyneth Paltrow
14. I want them to bite into a cookie, and think of me, and smile. Food is love. Food has a power. I knew it in my mind, but now I know it in my heart.—Jael McHenry

William Shakespeare cooking quote

15. A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe. — Thomas Keller (tweet this)
16. Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. — Harriet Van Horne (tweet this)
17. You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces, just good food from fresh ingredients. — Julia Child
18. Cooking and shopping for food brings rhythm and meaning to our lives. 
— Alice Waters (tweet this)
19. Cooking is at once one of the simplest and most gratifying of the arts, but to cook well one must love and respect food. — Craig Claiborne
20. I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression. 
— Maya Angelou (tweet this)
21. Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors — it’s how you combine them that sets you apart. — Wolfgang

Craig Claiborne cooking quote

22.Cooking is not difficult. Everyone has taste, even if they don’t realize it. Even if you’re not a great chef, there’s nothing to stop you understanding the difference between what tastes good and what doesn’t. — Gerard Depardieu
23. People want honest, flavourful food, not some show-off meal that takes days to prepare. — Ted Allen
24. A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness. — Elsa Schiaparelli (tweet this)
25. I approach cooking from a science angle because I need to understand how things work. If I understand the egg, I can scramble it better. It’s a simple as that. — Alton Brown
26. Nobody thinks it’s silly to invest two hours’ work in two minutes’ enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, well, so is the ballet. — Julia Child

27. Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers. — William Shakespeare (tweet this)
28. There is not a good or a bad cuisine, just the one you like the best. — Ferran Adria (tweet this)
29. The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star. — Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
30. For me, cooking is an expression of the land where you are and the culture of that place. 
— Wolfgang Puck (tweet this)

Are you feeling inspired now? I sure, hope so. Now get cooking! If you’re looking for some kitchen tools to get started, check out these great deals on cookware.

Author: Dianna

Dianna originally hails from North Carolina and is a proud alum of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Go Heels! Skilled at finding deals on everything from clothing to travel, she uses these super powers to help the BLINQ eCommerce team. When she isn't at BLINQ you can find her perfecting her salsa moves.

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