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

“Cooking is like love.  It should be entered into with abandon, or not at all.” – Harriet Van Horne, Vogue

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” – James Beard

“Bacon bits are like the fairy dust of the food community.” – Jim Gaffigan

“Every party has a story.” – Debbie Donato, Party Connoisseur 

“I love the mood champagne creates, the feeling no other wine can come close to: celebration, life-affirming joy.” – Mireille Guiliano, Author

“If God had intended us to follow recipes, He wouldn’t have given us Grandmothers.” – Linda Henley Smith, Author, Educator, & Opera Singer

“Never be afraid to get a dance party started.” – Julianne Hough, Dancer

“Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.” – Catherine Douzel

“First, a dinner party should be fun-even silly at times.  It should never be all grown-up and sophisticated.  Second, it should not be sedentary.”  – Adam Rapoport, Editor in Chief – Bon Appetit

“Because no matter the dish, one thing is always true: the food, its taste, texture, and nutritional value is always less interesting than the people preparing it.  Especially in a drive-thru at 3:00am.” – Mark DeCarlo

“I love the word delicious. The way it rolls off my tongue delights me.  And even more delectable than a delicious meal is a delicious experience, rich and layered like a fine coconut cake.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Dining with one’s friends and beloved family is certainly one of life’s primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal.” – Julia Child

“Vegetables are a must on a diet.  I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” Jim Davis

“I can get a better grasp of what is going on in the world from one good Washington dinner PARTY than from all the background information NBC piles on my desk.” Barbara Walters