Margaret Visser Quotes


Salt represents the civilized: it requires know-how to get it and a sophisticated combination of cooking and spoilt jaded appetites to need it.

The ancient Greeks did not have to wrestle with the philosophical problem of the existence of evil. They did not claim their gods were good just magnificent.

Bread is for us a kind of successor to the motherly breast and it has been over the centuries responsible for billions of sighs of satisfaction.

It is the nature of human beings not to be able to leave nature alone.

We use eating as a medium for social relationships: satisfaction of the most individual of needs becomes a means of creating community.

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.

Our perception that we have 'no time' is one of the distinctive marks of modern Western culture.

The extent to which we take everyday objects for granted is the precise extent to which they govern and inform our lives.

food is never just something to eat.