We ate in a new restaurant in Cluny the other day (Le Pont de Cotte), and they had a unique paper placemat. I don’t often find inspiration from a placemat, but this one had a list of famous quotes about food, done up in a pretty calligraphy font.
So if you’re in the mood for a little French lesson today, put your mind to dechiphering these tasty morsels. And if you’re not learning French but just looking for a little enlightenment, go right to the translations below. Bon appétit, y’all!
L’appétit vient en mangeant, la soif s’en va en buvant. --François Rabelais.
Le Créateur, en obligeant l'homme à manger pour vivre, l'y invite par appétit et l'en récompense par le plaisir. --Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
La gourmandise commence quand on n’a plus faim. --Alphonse Daudet.
Si vous n'êtes pas capables d'un peu de sorcellerie, ce n'est pas la peine de vous mêler de cuisine. --Colette
Bien manger, c'est atteindre le ciel. --Proverbe Chinois
Cochon. Animal étonnamment proche de la race humaine par la vivacité et la splendeur de son appétit. --Ambrose Bierce
La faim est le meilleur assaisonnement. --Proverbe brézilien
Appetite comes with eating, and thirst departs with drinking. (Obviously they're not talking about wine here.)
The creator, in obliging man to eat in order to live, invited him there with appetite and rewarded him with pleasure.
If you’re not capable of a little magic, it’s not worth the trouble to interfere in the kitchen.
Gluttony begins when hunger is satisfied.
To eat well is to reach the sky.
The Pig. An animal astonishingly close to the human race by his vivacity and the splendor of his appetite.
Hunger is the best seasoning.
If you’ve got a favorite food quote, or other wisdom to share, please leave it in the COMMENTS section.
In the Comments, about our year-round Saturday market at Cluny: Colleen, you sound like a fellow hat chick. Maureen and Michaela, this is not the first time I've seen Morris dancers, I think there are more around here than in England, and this could be the subject of a future post! Kathy, our summer tomatoes are just arriving this week too, a result of our weird spring weather this year. So I'll soon be looking for more recipes. And merci to veterans of the Cluny market who checked in, we miss you all!
Photo above: We fully support gluttony, Monsieur Daudet. Which brings to mind this beautiful chocolate pound cake made by my great friend Belinda, who used this recipe, and topped it off with a chocolate ganache.