Best Food and Travel Quotes

Introduction

I (Paul Heller) love collecting the best Food and Travel Quotes for my Fifty Plus Nomad blog. I spend hours searching to find quotes that:

  • Reflect how I feel about an issue.
  • Add a new or interesting perspective to a discussion about a place or issue, even if I disagree with the author’s viewpoint.
  • Make me laugh, cry, or smile.
  • Perfectly capture a place, emotion, or issue.

I don’t include quotes about unknown places or travel experiences.

My blog posts lead off with quotes relevant to the post’s subject. I frequently post quotes on my Facebook group: Long Term Traveling and Living Abroad Over 50.

In addition, I have added several previously unseen quotes I discovered while putting together this page.

I hope you enjoy these quotes as much as I enjoyed putting them together.

Let me know if you have any additional quotes to add to this page.

Quotes About Food and Travel

“The gentle art of gastronomy is a friendly one. It hurdles the language barrier, makes friends among civilized people, and warms the heart¨”
Samuel Chamberlain ¨

A good restaurant is like a vacation; it transports you, and it becomes a lot more than just about the food.”
Philip Rosenthal

When I travel, there are no rules with my diet. I eat whatever looks good, But in small portions. food is such a rich part of the travel experience. There is no way I would cut that out!
Zoe McLellan

Food makes travel so exceptional, because you get to taste what it’s actually supposed to taste like. To eat the real Pad Thai or finally have a proper curry is something pretty amazing.
Meghan Markle

Food and Culture Travel Quotes

“Food is the central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture.”
Mark Kurlansky

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”
James Beard

“Food to a large extent is what holds a society together and eating is closely linked to deep spiritual experiences.”
Peter Farb

Cooking and Travel Quotes

“When we travel for research our strategy is to simply move from kitchen to kitchen. It’s truly a wonderful way to travel – food shopping, cooking and eating in one home for lunch and then another for dinner. The process of cooking takes us immediately into the rituals and rhythms of daily life and also places us firmly in the position of learners. We were met with incredible generosity by all of the families we ate with.
Jon Rubin

“The stove is the shrine where I convene with my ancestors.”
Adam Ragusea

“Cooking is a caring and nurturing act. It’s the kind of the ultimate gift for someone to cook for them.”
Curtis Stone

“Pick up a chair: Take a taste, come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”
Ruth Reichl

“No one who cooks, cooks alone. A cook in a kitchen is surrounded by generation of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, and the wisdom of cookbook writers.”
Laurie Colwin

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Anthony Bourdain’s Food and Travel Quotes

“Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.

“To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living.

“Your body is not a temple. It’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”

“Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go.”

“Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonald’s? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head?”

“Bad food is made without pride, by cooks who have no pride, and no love. Bad food is made by chefs who are indifferent, or who are trying to be everything to everybody, who are trying to please everyone… Bad food is fake food… food that shows fear and lack of confidence in people’s ability to discern or to make decisions about their lives.” 

“I don’t have much patience for people who are self-conscious about the act of eating, and it irritates me when someone denies themselves the pleasure of a bloody hunk of steak or a pungent French cheese because of some outdated nonsense about what’s appropriate or attractive.

“I’ve long believed that good food, good eating, is all about risk. Whether we’re talking about unpasteurized Stilton, raw oysters or working for organized crime ‘associates,’ food, for me, has always been an adventure” 

 “People are generally proud of their food. A willingness to eat and drink with people without fear and prejudice… they open up to you in ways that somebody visiting who is driven by a story may not get.” 

“An ounce of sauce covers a multitude of sins.

“Food had power. It could inspire, astonish, shock, excite, delight and impress. It had the power to please me . . . and others.

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Additional Long-Term Travel, Expat Life, and Language Learning Quotes and Fun Facts from Fifty Plus Nomad

Paul Heller has been a lifelong avid traveler and language learner and teacher, Even as a child, he told Santa Claus that he wanted to visit all the children worldwide. At seven years old, Paul wanted to retire to Mexico. At eight, he memorized the name, capital, location, and some facts about every country worldwide. At twelve, he found a book "Lonely Planet: Southeast Asia on a Shoestring" and started developing his own itinerary for a future round-the-world trip. He remained obsessed with travel; after getting a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and working as an administrator, He spent his vacations going to different countries around the globe studying language, touring, and volunteering. In 1994, he quit his job and lived in Russia as a volunteer English instructor. He discovered that he loved teaching languages. In 2004, he decided to make a living out of his travels and founded a community of people who love to travel just like him. He developed 5 three-hour classes about living and traveling long-term worldwide which he taught in over 50 adult education programs throughout the US. After his parents passed, he realized his dream of traveling around the world; cruising and touring some of the most remote places like the North Atlantic, Patagonia, and Oceania; and learning new languages (he knows Spanish, Italian, French, and Russian). Paul encourages everyone to learn foreign languages. He knows that it can be frustrating and slow but that anyone can learn a language if they put in the work and, most importantly, learning a language is well worth the time and effort because it opens up a whole new set of people, ideas, and cultures. He is currently spending the next chapter of his life in Mérida, México. He is excited about using this blog and his classes and workshops to inspire and equip fellow Fifty Plus Nomads with the language, cultural, and psychological skills necessary to be successful and happy long-term travelers and expats over 50.

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