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1912 - 2004, American chef and TV personality

How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like kleenex?
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The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a "What the
hell!" attitude.
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You find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people. Why not make an honest
effort to confer that pleasure on others? Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself
to say anything gloomy.
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Noncooks think it's silly to invest two hours' work in two minutes' enjoyment; but if cooking is
evanescent, so is the ballet.
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Life itself is the proper binge.
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Personally, I don't think pure vegetarianism is a healthy lifestyle. I've often wondered to
myself: Does a vegetarian look forward to dinner, ever?
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Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of
happiness and good health.
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If you're in a good profession, it's hard to get bored, because you're never finished. There will
always be work you haven't done.
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Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.
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The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It's doing something that you appreciate,
something you believe is worthwhile. I think of my strawberry souffle. I did that at least 28
times before I finally conquered it.
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Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang! You never want to go out
with a whimper.
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I enjoy cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food I'm cooking.
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Dining with one's friends and beloved family is certainly one of life's primal and most innocent
delights, one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal.
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Always start out with a larger pot than what you think you need.
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Celebrity has its uses. I can always get a seat in any restaurant.
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I find that if I just taste everything and eat small portions I maintain my weight. I watch my
fat intake, but I eat hearty.
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Tears mess up your make-up.
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Remember, no one's more important than people! In other words, friendship is the most
important thing. Not career or housework, or one's fatigue; and it needs to be tended and
nurtured.
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In department stores, so much kitchen equipment is bought indiscriminately by people who
just come in for men's underwear.
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Fat gives things flavor.
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Just like becoming an expert in wine - you learn by drinking it, the best you can afford - you
learn about great food by finding the best there is, whether simply or luxurious. Then you
savor it, analyze it, and discuss it with your companions, and you compare it with other
experiences.
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I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.
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Some people like to paint pictures, or do gardening, or build a boat in the basement. Other
people get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because cooking is just as creative and
imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music.
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In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.
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The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they're right if you love
to be with them all of the time.
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You'll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.
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You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh
ingredients.
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The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.
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In spite of food fads, fitness programs, and health concerns, we must never lose sight of a
beautifully conceived meal.
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Being tall is an advantage, especially in business. People will always remember you. And if
you're in a crowd, you'll always have some clean air to breathe.
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No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.
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It's fun to get together and have something good to eat at least once a day. That's what
human life is all about - enjoying things.
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If you're afraid of butter, use cream.
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This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook, try new recipes, learn from your
mistakes, be fearless, and above all - have fun!
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Nouelle cuisine is so beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have
been all over it.
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The best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the hell out of
a chicken. Bon appetit.
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I think every woman should have a blowtorch.
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I don't think about whether people will remember me or not. I've been an okay person. I've
learned a lot. I've taught people a thing or two. That's what's important.
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A cookbook is only as good as its worst recipe.
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Always remember: If you're alone in the kitchen and you drop the lamb, you can always just
pick it up. Who's going to know?
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I just hate health food.
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