Favorite Food and Drinking Quotes, Quips and Bon Mots

Best Quotations from the words and writings of famous people and celebrities throughout history – all relating to foods, drinks, eating, dining, and table manners.

Our favorite quotes with a touch of humor, wisdom, or simply a dash of fun!


  • I am prepared to believe that a dry martini slightly impairs the palate, but think what it does for the soul. – Alec Waugh, In Praise of Wine (1959)
  • I did not say that this meat was tough. I just said I didn’t see the horse that usually stands outside. – W.C. Fields
  • My illness is due to my doctor’s insistence that I drink milk, a whitish fluid they force down helpless babies. – W.C. Fields
  • Somebody left the cork out of my lunch. – W.C. Fields
  • I’ve been in more laps than a napkin. – Mae West
  • Enjoyed it?! One more drink and I’d have been under the host. – Dorothy Parker, when asked if she had enjoyed a cocktail party
  • In a house without a genuine kitchen, one of the delights of growing up is lost. – James Beard
  • I speak from experience when I say that hospitals have the worst food in the world. – James Beard
  • A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch. – James Beard
  • Everything you see I owe to spaghetti. – Sophia Loren
  • Frying Pan, n. One part of the penal apparatus employed in that punitive institution, a woman’s kitchen. – Ambrose Bierce
  • Beer is not a good cocktail party drink, especially in a home where you don’t know where the bathroom is. – Billy Carter
  • The local groceries are all out of broccoli, Loccoli. – Ray Blount, Jr. Atlantic Monthly
  • Civilization has taught us to eat with a fork, but even now if nobody is around we use our fingers. – Will Rogers
  • Nobody says anything at any meal, to anybody. All the passengers are very dismal, and seem to have tremendous secrets weighing on their minds. – Charles Dickens, on his trip on an American paddle-steamer
  • I want there to be no peasant in my realm so poor that he will not have a chicken in his pot every Sunday. – Henri IV of France (King Henry IV of France)
  • Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers. – Socrates
  • Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups – alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat. – Alex Levine


Irish Coffee Recipe from a Vintage Irish Whiskey Advertisement circa 1957

Irish Coffee – It warms the cockles of your heart! (And the handsome aviator drinking it is not so bad either!)



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