Best Food and Travel Quotes
- 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.
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- 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.”
“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!”
“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.”
Food and Culture Travel Quotes
“Food is the central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture.”
“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”
“Food to a large extent is what holds a society together and eating is closely linked to deep spiritual experiences.”
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.”
“The stove is the shrine where I convene with my ancestors.”
“Cooking is a caring and nurturing act. It’s the kind of the ultimate gift for someone to cook for them.”
“Pick up a chair: Take a taste, come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”
“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.”
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.“