Cooking Proverbs

Sayings about Cooking

Too many cooks spoil the broth. ~ Traditional Proverb

A good fire makes a quick cook. ~ Dutch Proverb

Two smells of cooking meat break the hyena’s legs. ~ Kikuyu Proverb

God sends us the meat, but it is the Devil who sends us cooks. ~ Italian Proverb

If you heat an empty pot it bursts. ~ German Proverb

Things that are useful to people go into the cooking pot. ~ Zanzibar Proverb

They are not all cooks who carry long knives. ~German Proverb

Where God cooks, there is no smoke. ~ Zambian Proverb

When the cook and the steward fall out, we hear who stole the butter. ~ Dutch Proverb

Even if a chef cooks just a fly, he would keep the breast for himself. ~Polish Proverb

We all like lamb; each has a different way of cooking it. ~ Chinese Proverb

The best cook drops a whole tomato. ~ Spanish Proverb

In every family’s cooking pot is one black spot. ~ Chinese Proverb

If you want dinner, don’t insult the cook. ~Chinese Proverb

You don’t have to know much to read, but you do to cook. ~ Turkish Proverb

In a house where there are many beautiful daughters the soup kettle will never get polished. ~ Manchuria Proverb

Even the best cooking pot will not produce food. ~ African Proverb

Talking doesn’t get your rice cooked. ~ Chinese Proverb

A little pot boils easily. ~ Dutch Proverb

Hunger is the best cook, but he has nothing to eat. ~German Proverb

Cocks that crow too early will quickly find themselves in the pot. ~ Turkish Proverb

No cook ever died of starvation. ~ Ukrainian Proverb

You can sell the devil if he is well cooked. ~ French Proverb

The person who has not traveled widely thinks his or mother is the best cook. ~ Ugandan Proverb

Eat what is cooked; listen to what is said. ~ Russian Proverb

If the townspeople are happy, look for the cook. ~ Liberian Proverb

You cannot cook two meals in the same pot. ~ Chinese Proverb

If you watch your pot, your food will not burn. ~ Mauritanian Proverb

If your guest becomes a cook, your larder will soon be empty. ~ Turkish Proverbs

Empty pots will never boil over. ~ Jamaican Proverbs

Do not try to cook the goat’s young in the goat’s milk. ~ Chadian Proverb

If cooks quarrel, the roast burns. ~ Chinese Proverb

An oven whose door does not shut does not bake its loaves. ~ Maltese Proverbs

It is the pot that boils but the dish that gets the credit. ~ Cameroonian Proverb

The earth is a giant cooking pot and men are the meat therein. ~ Malagasy Proverb

Before one cooks, one must have the meat. ~ Mauritanian Proverb

You cannot cook one half of the chicken and leave the other lay eggs. ~ Sanskrit Proverbs

If there are two cooks in one house, the soup is either too salty or too cold. ~ Iranian Proverbs

You cannot cook your eggs with wind. ~ Lebanese Proverb

Quotations about Cooking

Favorite quote about Cooking

Great cooking favors the prepared hands. ~ Jacques Pepin

Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish – too much handling will spoil it. ~ Lao Tzu

‘Chef’ doesn’t mean that you’re the best cook, it simply means ‘boss.’ ~ Tom Colicchio

Cooking with your kids and engaging them in hands-on activities are two ways to begin to educate children about the healthy eating, and kick start the important task to help change how the younger generation looks at food and nutrition. ~ Marcus Samuelsson

Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the lap of our cooks. ~ Lin Yutang

Anyone who’s a chef, who loves food, ultimately knows that all that matters is: ‘Is it good? Does it give pleasure?’ ~ Anthony Bourdain

A great chef is an artist that I truly respect. ~ Robert Stack

A bad review is like baking a cake with all the best ingredients and having someone sit on it. ~ Danielle Steel

Food–what is chosen from the possibilities available, how it is presented, how it is eaten, with whom and when, and how much time is allotted to cooking and eating it–is one of the means by which a society creates itself and acts out its aims and fantasies. ~ Margaret Visser

They say never trust a skinny chef, but the fact is, to stay healthy when you’re a chef means you have to work twice as hard. ~ Marcus Samuelsson

Cooking is like snow skiing: If you don’t fall at least 10 times, then you’re not skiing hard enough. ~ Guy Fieri

If you’re not the one cooking, stay out of the way and compliment the chef. ~ Michael Strahan

You have to balance, but you can be aggressive as a chef. It benefits the food. You have to be passionate. You can’t be angry cooking. ~ Marcus Samuelsson

You don’t have to be a chef or even a particularly good cook to experience proper kitchen alchemy: the moment when ingredients combine to form something more delectable than the sum of their parts. ~ Erin Morgenstern

There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves.~ Thomas Wolfe

If you’re trying to create a company, it’s like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion. ~ Elon Musk

Cooking is about passion, so it may look slightly temperamental in a way that it’s too assertive to the naked eye. ~ Gordon Ramsay

Good painting is like good cooking; it can be tasted, but not explained. ~ Maurice de Vlaminck

The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook. ~ Julia Child

Cooking involves a deadline and hungry people and ingredients that expire in a week. It’s stressful. Cooking happens on the stove and on the clock. Baking happens with ingredients that last for months and come to life inside a warm oven. Baking is slow and leisurely. ~ Regina Brett

There’s a bond among a kitchen staff, I think. You spend more time with your chef in the kitchen than you do with your own family. ~ Gordon Ramsay

Get to know the Chef and you will start to enjoy dining out even more. ~ John Walters

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. ~ Harriet Van Horne

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

Cooking and gardening involve so many disciplines: math, chemistry, reading, history. ~ David Chang

Once you understand the foundations of cooking – whatever kind you like, whether it’s French or Italian or Japanese – you really don’t need a cookbook anymore. ~ Thomas Keller

In general, mankind, since the improvement in cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires. ~ Benjamin Franklin

A good chef has to be a manager, a businessman and a great cook. To marry all three together is sometimes difficult. ~ Wolfgang Puck

A chef is a mixture maybe of artistry and craft. You have to learn the craft really to get there. ~ Wolfgang Puck

It’s not really the life of cooking that’s hard – it’s what you make of it and what level you push yourself to. ~ Grant Achatz

Even if the chef has a good business head, his focus should be behind kitchen doors. ~ Bobby Flay

Cooking is in an honest profession where you cannot hide and let others do the work for you. You have to show up, work hard and prove you can do it faster and better. And find a mentor who will recognize your talent and push you in the right direction. ~ Marcus Samuelsson

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 Puck

Baking is how you start kids at cooking in the kitchen. It’s fun whether it’s baking bread or cookies. With baking, you have to be exact when it comes to ingredients. ~ Sandra Lee

If you want to become a great chef, you have to work with great chefs. And that’s exactly what I did. ~ Gordon Ramsay

You don’t come into cooking to get rich. ~ Gordon Ramsay

I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression. ~ Maya Angelou

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