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A serving of food words…

There have been many witty and whimsical things written and said about food, down the years. Here’s a selection of our favourites:

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Human beings do not eat nutrients, they eat food.

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Mary Catherine Bateson

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The dinner table is the centre for teaching… conversation, tolerance…

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Judith Martin

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A man may esteem himself happy when that which is his food is also his medicine.

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Henry David Thoreau

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No man can be wise on an empty stomach.

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George Eliot

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Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

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Fran Lebovitz

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Bread that must be sliced with an axe is bread that is too nourishing.

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Fran Lebowitz

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Maybe you know why a child can reject a hot dog with mustard served on a soft bun at home, yet eat six of them two hours later at fifty cents each.

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Erma Bombeck

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Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness.

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Edward Stanley

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Cabbage, n: a familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man’s head.

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Ambrose Bierce

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Lettuce is like conversation: it must be fresh and crisp, and so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.

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Charles Dudley Warner

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A bagel is a donut with the sin removed.

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George Rosenbaum

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Please understand the reason why Chinese vegetables taste so good. It is simple. The Chinese do not cook them, they just threaten them.

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Jeff Shaw

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Eat, drink and love; the rest’s not worth a filip.

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Lord Byron

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There are five elements: earth, air, fire, water and garlic.

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Louis Diat

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It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a home-grown tomato.

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Mitch Hedberg