"I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate."
"If you're afraid of butter, use cream."
"A party without cake is just a meeting"
"It is hard to imagine a civilization without onions."
"Every woman should have a blowtorch."
"I enjoy cooking with wine; sometimes I even put it in the food."
"There are only four great arts: music, painting, sculpture and ornamental pastry."
"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?"
"It's so beautifully arranged on the plate—you know someone's fingers have been all over it."
"I don't believe in twisting yourself into knots of excuses and explanations over the food you make. … And if the food is truly vile, as my ersatz eggs Florentine surely were, then the cook must simply grit her teeth and bear it with a smile—and learn from her mistakes."
"Of course, an old wine is like an old lady, and traveling can disturb her."
"People who love to eat are always the best people."
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