"When you acknowledge, as you must, that there is no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it, then the real purpose of striving toward perfection becomes clear: to make people happy, that is what cooking is all about."
—Thomas Keller, The French Laundry Cookbook
"We lived very simply — but with all the essentials of life well understood and provided for — hot baths, cold champagne, new peas and old brandy."
“Desserts are like mistresses. They are bad for you. So if you are having one, you might as well have two."
—Chef Alain Ducasse