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The holiday season is over. You can put away your cookie and candy recipes, as well as the good china and crystal. You've turned out roast turkeys, mashed potatoes, goodie baskets, cheese balls, pumpkin pies, dinner rolls, potluck dishes and desserts. Now it's time to give your kitchen — and yourself — a break. Relax and enjoy some of these culinary comments from "The Quotable Feast," a new book by Sarah E. Parvis (Andrews McMeel Publishing). Pretty soon, you'll feel like cooking again.

Celebrity sayings:

"Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti." — Sophia Loren

"Life itself is the proper binge." — Julia Child

"My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people." — Orson Welles

"Appetite is the best sauce." — Lady Bird Johnson, "A White House Diary," 1970

"The guest is always right — even if we have to throw him out." — Charles Ritz, hotelier

Eating and overeating:

"Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside." — Mark Twain.

"Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are." — Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, "Physiologie du Gout," 1825.

"As for butter vs. margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." — Joan Dye Gussow

"Go into the kitchen to shake the chef's hand. If he is thin, have second thoughts about eating there; if he is thin and sad, flee." — Fernand Point, New York Times, 1986.

"A gourmet is just a glutton with brains." — Philip W. Haberman Jr., Vogue, 1961.

"There is more simplicity in the man who eats caviar on impulse than the man who eats Grape-Nuts on principle." — G.K. Chesteron

Cooking:

"If toast always lands butter side down and cats always land on their feet, what happens if you strap toast on the back of a cat and drop it?" — Steven Wright

"When compelled to cook, I produce a meal that would make a sword swallower gag." — Russell Baker

"I feel a recipe is only a theme, which an intelligent cook can play each time with a variation." — Madame Benoit

"I can't cook. I use a smoke alarm as a timer." — Carol Siskind

"Men cook more, and we all know why. It is the only interesting household task." — Nora Ephron

"Couples who cook together stay together. Maybe because they can't decide who'll get the Cuisinart." — Erica Jong

Ingredients:

"According to the Spanish proverb, four persons are wanted to make a good salad: a spendthrift for oil, a miser for vinegar, a counselor for salt and a madman to stir it all up." — Abraham Hayward

"Do not make a stingy sandwich, pile the cold-cuts high,

Customers should see the salami coming through the rye." — Allan Sherman

"Potatoes are to food what sensible shoes are to fashion." — Linda Wells

"Iceberg lettuce is perhaps the most aptly named plant in the world and should be avoided as though you were the Titanic with a second chance." — Alan Koehler

"Poultry is like meat, except when you cook it rare. Then it's like bird-flavored Jell-O." — P.J. O'Rourke

"Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good." — Alice May Brock

"Tapioca is the teddy-bear of desserts, an edible security blanket." — Jane and Michael Stern, "Square Meals," 1984

"Salt is the policeman of taste: It keeps the various flavors of a dish in order and restrains the stronger from tyrannizing over the weaker." — Malcom de Chazal


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