The Fun of Food

Posted on in Features by Rob Sidon


THE ONSLAUGHT OF BAD NEWS GOT YOU DOWN? Us too. Even among good-natured foodies there’s plenty to get upset about—and let’s not even mention politics. We at Common Ground decided this is a good time to reset. We’ve paired some amusing quotes and images to remind us to smile and laugh—that food can be fun and celebratory and good medicine. “When you’re chewing on life’s gristle, don’t grumble, give a whistle . . . and always look on the bright side of life!” (Monty Python).

man with cream on his face

“What is patriotism but the love
of the food one ate as a child?”
—Lin Yutang

child at the table

“Food should be fun.”
—Thomas Keller

two giraffes are eating

“So long as you have food in your mouth, you
have solved all questions for the time being.”
—Franz Kafka


“The pistachio: it’s just like our politics.
When the two sides are divided, that’s
when the nuts come out.”
―Stephen Colbert

girl ia cooking

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.”
—Federico Fellini

baby girl playing with spaghetti

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

baby is feeding pigeons

“If you really want to make a friend,
go to someone’s house and eat with
him . . . the people who give you
their food give you their heart.”
—Cesar Chavez

the monkey looks at the leaf

“Someone has to stand up and
say the answer isn’t another
pill. The answer is spinach.”
—Bill Maher

girl holding small tangerines in her hands

“And of course the funniest food of all—kumquats.”
—George Carlin

milk mustache

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

girl in the field

“The greatest delight the fields and woods minister
is the suggestion of an occult relation between
man and the vegetable. I am not alone and
unacknowledged. They nod to me and I to them.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

delicious food

“I love milk so much! I make a
point of drinking a glass of milk
every day. So now anyone who
did those milk ads with the milk
mustaches, they’re my heroes.”
—Natalie Portman

funny tomatoes

“How can you govern a country
which has 246 varieties of cheese?”
—Charles de Gaulle


“We should look for someone to eat
and drink with before looking for
something to eat and drink.”

woman and man are eating

“Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what
you like and let the food fight it out inside.”
—Mark Twain

“He showed the words chocolate cake
to a group of Americans and recorded
their word associations. Guilt was the
top response. If that strikes you as
unexceptional, consider the response
of French eaters to the same prompt:
—Michael Pollan

boy peeling potatoes

“Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking
about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen
spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.”
—Alan Watts

woman with food on her face

“Let food be thy medicine
and medicine be thy food.”

smiling girl

“We must have a pie. Stress cannot
exist in the presence of a pie.”
—David Mamet

“Laughter is brightest in the place where food is.”
—Irish proverb

man in a rabbit costume with wine

“Anybody who believes that the way to a man’s heart
is through his stomach flunked geography.”
—Robert Byrne

waffles and fruits in a frying pan

The reason life works at all is that not everyone
in your tribe is nuts on the same day.
―Anne Lamot

baby monkey

“Take counsel in wine, but
resolve afterwards in water.”
—Benjamin Franklin

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