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[ Also see Appetite Cooking Eating Festivities Hunger Occupations ]

Great pity were it if this beneficence of Providence should be marr'd in the ordering, so as to justly merit the Reflection of the old proverb, that though God sends us meat, yet the D------ does cooks.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Cooks' and Confectioners' Dictionary, or the Accomplished Housewife's Companions,

Every investigation which is guided by principles of nature fixes its ultimate aim entirely on gratifying the stomach.
      - Athenaeus bk. VII, ch. 2

Cookery is become an art, a noble science; cooks are gentlemen.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. I, sec. II, memb. 2, subsec. 2)

Yet smelt roast meat, beheld a huge fire shine,
  And cooks in motion with their clean arms bared.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto V, st. 50)

And nearer as they came, a genial savour
  Of certain stews, and roast-meats, and pilaus.
    Things which in hungry mortals' eyes find favour.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto V, st. 57)

Hallo! A great deal of steam! the pudding was out of the copper. A smell like a washing-day! That was the cloth. A smell like an eating-house and a pastrycook's next door to each other, with a laundress's next door to that. That was the pudding.
      - Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
         (stave three)

Ever a glutton, at another's cost,
  But in whose kitchen dwells perpetual frost.
      - John Dryden, Fourth Satire of Persius
         (l. 58)

The art of cookery is the art of poisoning mankind, by rendering the appetite still importunate, when the wants of nature are supplied.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

Heaven sends us good meat, but the devil sends us cooks.
      - David Garrick,
        Epigram on Goldsmith's Retaliation

To make a ragout, first catch your hare.
  [Fr., Poure faire un civet, prenez un lievre.]
      - Hannah Glasse,
        attributed erroneously to, but in "Cook Book" (1747) said to have been written by Dr. Hill

"Very well," cried I, "that's a good girl; I find you are perfectly qualified for making converts, and so go help your mother to make the gooseberry bye."
      - Oliver Goldsmith, Vicar of Wakefield
         (ch. VII)

Her that ruled the rost in the kitchen.
      - Thomas Heywood, History of Women (p. 286),
        (1624 edition)

Oh, better no doubt is a dinner of herbs,
  When season'd with love, which no rancour disturbs
    And sweeten'd by all that is sweetest in life
      Than turbot, bisque, ortolans, eaten in strife!
        But if, out of humour, and hungry, alone
          A man should sit down to dinner, each one
            Of the dishes which the cook chooses to spoil
              With a horrible mixture of garlic and oil,
                The chances are ten against one, I must own,
                  He gets up as ill-tempered as when he sat down.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Lucile (pt. I, canto II, st. 27)

Digestion, much like Love and Wine, no trifling will brook:
  His cook once spoiled the dinner of an Emperor of men;
    The dinner spoiled the temper of his Majesty and then
      The Emperor made history--and no one blamed the cook.
      - F.G. (or F.J.) MacBeath, Cause and Effect
         (vol. I, no. 4), in "Smart Set"

I seem to you cruel and too much addicted to gluttony, when I beat my cook for sending up a bad dinner. If that appears to you too trifling a cause, say for what cause you would have a cook flogged.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. VIII, ep. 23)

A cook should double one sense have: for he
  Should taster for himself and master be.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. XIV, ep. 220)

If your slave commits a fault, do not smash his teeth with your fists; give him some of the (hard) biscuit which famous Rhodes has sent you.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. XIV, ep.68)

Of herbs, and other country messes,
  Which the neat-handed Phillis dresses.
      - John Milton, L'Allegro (l. 85)

The receipts of cookery are swelled to a volume; but a good stomach excels them all.
      - William Penn

The vulgar boil, the learned roast, an egg.
      - Alexander Pope, Satires--Horace
         (epistle II, bk. II, l. 85)

I never strove to rule the roast,
  She ne'er refus'd to pledge my toast.
      - Matthew Prior, Turtle and Sparrow

A crier of green sauce.
      - Francois Rabelais, Works
         (bk. II, ch. XXXI)

Let's carve him as a dish fit for the gods,
  Not hew him as a carcass fit for hounds.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Brutus at II, i)

Would the cook were o' my mind!
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing (John at I, iii)

She would have made Hercules have turned spit, yea, and have cleft his club to make the fire too.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Benedick at II, i)

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