Wisdom From the World of Cooking and Food with Marcus Samuelsson Quotes

Here are a few of reasons I like quotes. 

  • Quotes are concise way to give voice to important ideas. 
  • Quotes are a way of capturing the essence of some of the things I’ve learned in the past.
  • Quotes are not only inspirational, but aspirational: They can be a compass point for the person I strive to be.

Aspirational would best describe my series of quotes for this week. My relationship to food and cooking is a work in progress. In my early years, there was a lot of junk food, no formal mealtimes, and an extremely limited palate. I carried this into much of my adult life: Find something easy-to-make (or eat) and then eat it too quickly to actually enjoy. I’m not sure I even understood what a meal was. 

But, through the wisdom of my wife, Janet, and her ability connect the foods I liked to better foods expanded my palate. And then, by adding organic foods, sustainable foods, and better ingredients, food tasted better and gained new meaning. I have a ways to go, but progress is good. While I will still occasionally make a trip through the drive-through, Michael Pollan’s words at least cross my mind, “It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car.” (Food Rule 20) 

Janet also introduced me to restaurants and chefs that gave me an even better perspective about food. This week I’m featuring Wisdom From the World of Cooking and Food with Marcus Samuelsson quotes. Janet and I ate at his restaurant, the Red Rooster, on both our visits to Harlem. Samuelsson has some insightful things to say about food. 

I will add to these quotations as the week goes on, but here’s a few to get us started. 

Whatever goes down, whatever turns up—make food and music and dance and story out of it.
― Marcus Samuelsson

One thing is certain, wherever you are, you should come to Harlem – right now.
― Marcus Samuelsson

Children want to mimic adults. They notice when you choose to prepare fresh vegetables over calling in another pizza pie for dinner. They will see that food made with love and care outweighs going through the drive-through window.
― Marcus Samuelsson

One thing I believe with all my soul: Don’t try to guess somebody’s ceiling.
― Marcus Samuelsson

Every time you use the word ‘healthy,’ you lose. The key is to make yummy, delicious food that happens to be healthy. 
— Marcus Samuelsson

I’m an American chef. I’m American. I live here. I love being here. But, of course, it is different. A black man’s journey is different.  
Marcus Samuelsson

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