Culinary Quotes

Welcome! Here you'll find quotations on food and cooking chosen by Catherine of Albion Cooks

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Paul Bertolli on Ripeness

"Ripeness embodies all something has ever been, and the most it ever will be. Yet in its brief and glowing completeness, the moment of ripeness seems timeless. No wonder harvest is an ecstatic season tinged with melancholy. "
Paul Bertolli, from Cooking by Hand.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Paul Bertolli on the challenge of cooking

"The task of keeping food vibrant and interesting, particularly food that belongs to a long tradition, is the challenge of any cook, professional or amateur. For those who have a repertoire of their own, the repetitive aspect of cooking and the demands of our relentless need to eat can easily turn cooking into a dull task. Relying upon recipes, no matter how well advised, can turn cooking into drudgery. Food that is both delicious and interesting is always a reflection of an active response to the raw ingredients — one that often turns on its head information found in recipes. "
Paul Bertolli, from Cooking by Hand.