“Cooking will never be good if it isn’t made with love for the person it’s being made for.” - Paul Bocuse

The web is full of inspirational quotes about life. These quotes are useful for picking us up or getting us through a tough day. They can breathe new life into us when we’re feeling down.

While you've probably seen quotes from famous writers and people like Albert Einstein, these quotations probably don't make you hungry or make you want to cook.

So why not have a look for the right quote to explain exactly how you feel about cooking or motivate you to get started with cookery?

In this article, we’ve picked some motivational cooking quotes, sayings, proverbs to hopefully inspire you. If you're looking for wisdom and some great quotes about food, look no further!

Feast your eyes on some of our favourite inspirational cooking quotes!

1 - “You can’t cook if you don’t like people.”

Joël Robuchon is one of the most famous Michelin starred chefs in the world. With 28 Michelin stars and 17 workshops and restaurants, you can’t argue that this French chef doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

He’s never been shy of sharing his knowledge of cooking and loves to make cooking accessible to everyone. His love of quality products and traditional recipes shines through in his cooking and you can find plenty of quotes about cooking from him.

2 - “Gastronomy is the art of using food to create happiness.”

Théodore Zeldin isn’t a chef but rather a historian and philosopher who thinks that in order to have self-confidence, you need to eat well, taste, and savour your cooking.

Whether you’re creating traditional food or haute cuisine, you have to believe that happiness is an inherent part of food and eating. Chefs need to get the most out of local products to create happiness.

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Meals are to be shared. (Source: Free-Photos)

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What if cooking could put an end to feelings of loneliness and sadness with a perfect wine pairing, brunch with friends, or a going to your favourite restaurant?

While you usually find a lot of quotes on travelling, you can’t deny that cooking is a much quicker, easier, and cheaper way to find happiness than booking a flight and travelling halfway around the world. Whether you attend a cooking class or get some local produce, food can bring great feelings of joy. Life is better with good food, after all.

3 - “We learn from other people’s cooking, then we start making our own.”

Why not use these words to inspire your cooking?

The best quotes stick in your memory and ring true.

Most people learn their first dishes from family members such as their mother or grandmother. You’ll learn the basics like how to cook pasta, frying an egg sunny-side up, and adding the right amount of oil to vegetables so that you can bake them without burning them.

While you won’t get as much fun from some of these basic techniques, it’s very much like when you learn a musical instrument. You need to master the scales before you can start playing songs.

4 - “Cooking is a bit like cinema. It’s the emotion that counts.” - Anne-Sophie Pic

This quote from Anne-Sophie Pic, the chef and owner of Maison Pic, has a similar idea to Joël Robuchon when it comes to cooking and feeling.

You can’t be selfish when it comes to home cooking or haute cuisine. When creating dishes, you need to consider the tastebuds of the people you’re cooking for. If you’ve put a lot of feeling into your creations, you might feel like people aren’t taking the necessary time to taste your food.

Everyone remembers the great food they've had throughout their lives. We remember the texture, the taste, and the look. Something as simple as a smell can bring back all these feelings.

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Even seemingly basic dishes can be improved if you put your heart into them. (Source: Daria-Yakovleva)

Even something as simple as toast. Warm butter, jam, and the feeling of the toast crunching in your mouth can be enough to bring back fond memories.

When a chef manages to do this, their work is done.

5 - “Cooking is multisensory. It’s made for the eyes, the mouth, the nose, the ear, and the soul. No other art is as complex.” - Pierre Gagnaire

The French sure do love good food! The famous French chef Pierre Gagnaire explained this perfectly as he mentions that all your senses need to be at work when enjoying your food.

Whether you’re making or consuming food, it’s important to use your entire palette to get the most out of culinary masterpieces. A dish is judged on how it looks, smells, and tastes, of course.

A chef needs to keep all of this in mind when making their meals.

6 - “In the childhood memories of every good cook there’s a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot, and a mom.” - Barbara Costikyan

The American food critic Barbara Costikyan reminds us that even the best chefs probably started learning how to cook at home.

Each chef has their own culinary heritage going back to their childhood which set them on the path to becoming the great chefs they are today. Bit by bit, we learn and improve and turn our weaknesses into our strengths. We need to be grateful for the push in the right direction we were given as children.

7. “You can only become a chef by mastering your five senses.” - Muriel Barbery

The dying food critic in Muriel Barbery’s novel Gourmet Rhapsody is trying to remember the best food experiences of his life.

During this time, he says some great things about food, cooking, and eating. When it comes to cooking, you need to love and share.

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It's important to make food for the people whoa re going to be eating it. (Source: RitaE)

8 - “Cooking is a love story. You need to fall in love with the ingredients and then of people who cook them.” - Alain Ducasse

Alain Ducasse understood that great chefs “fall in love” with their ingredients. Not just artichokes have hearts!

Alain Ducasse learned the basics on his family farm. He had vegetables, fish in the river, and meat. The only thing his family bought was butter.

It explains why he loved local produce so much.

9 - “A bad cook seeks to hide the flavour of the original ingredient rather than awakening it.” - Guillaume Musso

Muriel Barbery wasn’t the only author to have written a novel about the world of cooking. Guillaume Musso, in his book, Call From the Angel, has plenty of great quotes on cooking.

Remember that when you cook, the goal is to get the most out of your ingredients. Don’t leave anything to chance. You need to be able to explain why you used each ingredient. Whether you’re using apple juice to add tart flavours, flambéing with Armagnac to bring out the flavour of meat, etc.

If you’re trying to hide a flavour with something else, it’s unlikely your dish will be a success.

10. - “Great cooking can be boiled turkey, crawfish, or lettuce picked from the garden and hastily seasoned.” - Paul Bocuse

While we often think that you need to spend hours preparing a top dish, Paul Bocuse believes it’s the opposite. We’re inclined to believe him since he has 3 Michelin stars, is the king of cooking, and the chef of the century.

He provides a lot of good advice to budding chefs. Simple and minimalist dishes can be as good as haute cuisine. The important thing is the reason behind your cooking. There's some truth to the secret ingredient in a lot of great dishes being love.

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The best meals are with friends. (Source: Free-Photos)

There are also inspiring quotes about cooking from Julia Child, Mark Twain, Anthony Bourdain, Virginia Woolf, and Samuel Johnson, too. Whenever you feel like you need a bit of inspiration, you should go through these food quotes or look up some of the other names we mentioned.


When it comes to cooking, we often come across words we’re not familiar with. A lot of recipes also ignore the fact that you may not be familiar with the words before you start making your dishes. With that in mind, we've included a couple of definitions here for you. We've also got more definitions in our other articles on cooking so be sure to check them out as well.

Food Processor

A machine that blends and mixes different ingredients. There are also blenders, juicers, and mixers. Make sure you get the right one!


A brunoise is a mixture of vegetables which have been finely diced and then fried in butter. It’s often used to flavour soups and sauces.

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