Kitchen Philosopher


OTK’s resident Socrates invites deep thoughts about the food-focused life.

These quotations are meant to be (yes) food for thought as well as prompts to a threaded discussion.

  OTK wants to know what your food philsophy is.


February 27, 2013

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January 27, 2013

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January 21, 2013

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“Never eat the same meal twice.

If you want to be knowledgeable about food,

you need to experience it yourself.”  

–Amanda Hesser


The Cook as Scientist and Artist

“Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation–

experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way.”

–Paul Theroux


Cover from Da Vinci’s Kitchen by Dave Dewitt


According to one ancient philosopher, one should eat to live, not live to eat.  

What’s the joy in that?  Are these philosophical approaches mutually exclusive? 

scaled.cook eat live 

One thought on “Kitchen Philosopher

  1. So glad you included Laurie Colwin’s comment. I wish I had known her – her two books of essays “Home Cooking” and “More Home Cooking” delighted me when I first discovered them, and I was heartbroken to discover that she had died so young. One of these days I plan to try her recipe for Black Cake. I did try to find a source for Burnt Sugar Essence, but a web search only provided a wholesale site, and I really don’t need a dozen bottles!

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