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TheDrkHorseOne's picture

Do you have a favorite bread or food related...


I was sitting here playing fetch with my cat, One Spot, and I started to think about quotes....

Wierd? Perhaps. But he does fetch quite well and even meows if I'm not tossing the toy to his timetable, heheh.

Oh, you mean it's weird to be thinking about quotes while playing with my cat?!?! I can see why you'd think that, but I was thinking, 'You can't teach an old dog new tricks'. Why? Well, I've not heard of many folks that have cats that fetch and most folks wouldn't even try, but I've had two that have found it enjoyable. Not only might an old dog learn new tricks, but even a cat can learn new tricks as well. I was following this tangent in my mind and I started to get hungry, so quotes and food start to flow into my brain. Man can't eat on bread alone, etc... and I thought, hmmmmm wonder if there's been a thread about that on my new-found site, The Fresh Loaf. I checked back 5 pages here and didn't see one, so I decided to create one.

There are tons out there, not the least of which is 'Let them eat CAKE!', but summary execution followed, so not so good. Then I remembered one of my favorites. It comes from Alton Brown's 'I'm Just Here for the Food', and that's really the only food reference, but I feel it's symbolic of my quest as a hobbyist baker. He quotes Leonard Rubenstein as follows:

"Curiousity is a willing, a proud, an eager confession of ignorance." Suits me.

What's your favorite? You are what you eat? Beef, it's what's for dinner?

Hope this sparks some conversation.    

KipperCat's picture

Here's one for bread that's not rising as fast as expected...

"Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
-Italian Proverb

(couldn't think of anything else!) 

AnnieT's picture

From "When we were very young" by A.A.Milne:

"I do like a little bit of butter to my bread!" If only we could stop at a little bit... A

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RFMonaco's picture

I had a more descriminating cat named Spooky who would only fetch if it was crinkly paper or cellophane. I guess she liked the noise while it unfolded itself!

TheDrkHorseOne's picture

My 'miniature panther' named Magic was fond of crinkled ciggie wrappers. He was quite the character. He fetched until I got his sister, Wednesday. Then it seemed it was a task that was above him. I've never seen an animal with a vain ego until I met him. He never fetched again after. Smart as a whip, that one. If the food got low, he'd open all the cabinets in the kitchen.


Both are now in kitty Heaven. I do miss them both and their personalities, but One Spot is filling the void in his own, unique way. I walk to the garage out back, pull the car out and I see this little, slick, black and white mass of fur with golden saucers for eyes staring longingly at me from the bedroom window as I trundle off to work...


I digress as I'm a cat braggart, admittedly, heheh.


This was about quotes.....   

TheDrkHorseOne's picture

Mark Twain, the consumate, thinking, early American and author. I googled for a few of his and here they are.....


Foreigners cannot enjoy our food, I suppose, any more than we can enjoy theirs. It is not strange; for tastes are made, not born. I might glorify my bill of fare until I was tired; but afer all, the Scotchman would shake his head, and say, "Where's your haggis?" and the Fijan would sigh and say, "Where's your missionary?"
- A Tramp Abroad


But when the time comes that a man has had his dinner, then the true man comes to the surface.
- Progress in Medicine speech, 1902


Only strangers eat tamarinds--but they only eat them once.
- Roughing It


Sagebrush is a very fair fuel, but as a vegetable it is a distinguished failure. Nothing can abide the taste of it but the jackass and his illegitimate child the mule.
- Roughing It


Interesting and introspective man, he was.



Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

Grimm Brothers:

...and she entered the room and seated herself on the bench by the stove, where she began to warm herself and eat her breakfast. The elves said, "Give us, too, some of it." "Willingly," she said, and divided her bit of bread in two and gave them the half. They asked, "What dost thou here in the forest in the winter time, in thy thin dress?" "Ah," she answered, "I am to look for a basketful of strawberries, and am not to go home until I can take them with me." When she had eaten her bread, they gave her a broom and said, "Sweep away the snow at the back door with it." But when she was outside, the three little men said to each other, "What shall we give her as she is so good, and has shared her bread with us?" ... 

The whole story: here 

Mini Oven

browndog's picture

There was a fun little talk about quotes a while back, but we pretty much stuck to bread, so this is a good addendum, TDHO.

A friend had a little grey house-only cat that was a champion fetcher of tin foil balls. My cats would give me the 'look' if I suggested fetch to any of them.

Bless your heart, Mini, I love a good fairy tale, nobody does 'em like Frau Grimm's lads, either.

Thank you too, Mr.Carroll:


"A loaf of bread," the Walrus said,

"Is what we chiefly need:

Pepper and vinegar besides

Are very good indeed---

Now if you're ready, Oysters dear,

We can begin to feed."

CBudelier's picture

The only one I can think of is:  "If we are what we eat, I'm fast, cheap and easy!"

I'm also a cat lover, but due to DH's allergies I'm currently cat-less   :-( 

mariana's picture


There are no mistakes in bread baking, only more bread crumbs.

Bernard Clayton


SO TRUE: in bread baking and in life in general!!! : )

manuela's picture

Divine Comedy

"..e tu saprai si come sa di sale lo pane altrui"

"...and you shall know how salty other people's bread does taste"

referring to Dante's sadness for having been exiled from Florence (as Tuscan bread is made without salt)