Mario Batali quotes

  • If you want your kids to listen to you, don't yell at them. Whisper. Make them lean in. My kids taught me that. And I do it with adults now.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Inspirational #Kids #Want

  • You know, when you get your first asparagus, or your first acorn squash, or your first really good tomato of the season, those are the moments that define the cook's year. I get more excited by that than anything else.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Summer #Years #Squash

  • Close your eyes and place your finger on a map. Wherever it lands, that's the theme of the evening. So many times we settle for routine dishes. This forces you to try new cuisines.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Eye #Land #Trying

  • It's fascinating to travel around Italy and realize just how many different ways they make spaghetti.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Different #Way #Realizing

  • There are two activities in life in which we can lovingly and carefully put something inside of someone we love. Cooking is the one we can do three times a day for the rest of our lives, without pills. In both activities, practice makes perfect.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Practice #Two #Perfect

  • There's a battle between what the cook thinks is high art and what the customer just wants to eat.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Funny #Art #Thinking

  • The passion of the Italian or the Italian-American population is endless for food and lore and everything about it.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Passion #Italian #Population

  • Once you become an elaborate and well-developed culture, anything from Rome or the Etruscans, for that matter, the food starts to become a representation of what the culture is. When the food can transcend being just fuel, that's when you start to see these different permutations.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Food #Rome #Fuel

  • Bologna is the best city in Italy for food and has the least number of tourists. With its medieval beauty, it has it all.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Travel #Cities #Numbers

  • The Italians were eating with forks when the French were still eating each other.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Food #Eating #Forks

  • We would load up the yellow Cutlass Supreme station wagon and pick blackberries during blackberry season or spring onions during spring onion season. For us, food was part of the fabric of our day.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Spring #Food #Yellow

  • Reading is a key feature in the life of every single successful person I have ever met.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Reading #Successful #Keys

  • The kitchen really is the castle itself. This is where we spend our happiest moments and where we find the joy of being a family.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Joy #Kitchen #Castles

  • Passion is what adds so much value to life. And if you think about the things that you do, there's so much juice potential for them if you do it.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Passion #Thinking #Juice

  • I can teach a chimp how to make linguini and clams.  I can't teach a chimp to dream about it and think about how great it is.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Dream #Thinking #Clams

  • Recipes are just descriptions of one person’s take on one moment in time. They’re not rules.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Recipes #Moments #Description

  • The tradition of Italian cooking is that of the matriarch. This is the cooking of grandma. She didn't waste time thinking too much about the celery. She got the best celery she could and then she dealt with it.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Food #Grandma #Thinking

  • I put hibiscus flower in every cup of tea I have. It's sweet, sexy, and cleansing.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Sexy #Sweet #Flower

  • In case you're wondering why Guy Fieri is here, he won a contest.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Guy #Wonder #Cases

  • The hardest part of anything is making a dish consistently great - you order it seven years later, if it's still on the menu, and it's still as good as what you remember.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Order #Years #Remember

  • I am happiest when I am with my wife, Susi, and our two boys exploring and loving something for the first time.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Boys #Two #Wife

  • I obsess everyday about everything. Not only about what we do well but what we can do better... In the end, the only reason I am motivated to do what I do is for the hedonistic pleasures of the table.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Everyday #Tables #Reason

  • As far away as you can get from the process of mechanisms and machinery, the more likely your food's going to taste good. And that - that is probably the largest thing I can hand to anybody is let your hands touch it. Let them make it.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Hands #Taste #Far Away

  • I really want to be a rock star.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Stars #Rocks #Want

  • When you cut that eggplant up and you roast it in the oven and you make the tomato sauce and you put it on top, your soul is in that food, and there's something about that that can never be made by a company that has three million employees.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Cutting #Eggplant #Soul

  • My wife Susi and my kids quite simply are the most fun of all my friends.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Fun #Kids #Wife

  • Chefs don't actually say 'That's a spicy meat-a-ball,' except to indicate that there's a bomb threat in the restaurant without alarming the customers. Terrorism is the spiciest meatball there is.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Balls #Bombs #Meat

  • The very common error of young or unconfident cooks is to keep putting more of their own personal ideology into a plate until there's so much noise that you really can't even hear a tune. You can say more in an empty space than you can in a crowded one.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Space #Errors #Cooking

  • I can tell in two minutes if I should hire someone in the kitchen. Two minutes. It's his desire. It's that open-eyed, attentive expression. If he doesn't have it ... I mean, I can teach a chimp how to cook dinner. But I cannot teach a chimp how to love it.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Mean #Expression #Two

  • The objective.. is to achieve a comfort level between the cook/artist/performer and the customer/viewer/diner. And if we can achieve that, and the customers are happy and the cooks are happy, then we have a great experience.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Artist #Cooking #Levels

  • When I was a child, our whole family cooked. All my cousins cooked. All my aunts and uncles cooked. It was part of our heritage.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Cousin #Uncles #Children

  • In growing up in Seattle, I don't know a single family that didn't barbecue or cook on the weekends and make its own kind of simple, pared-down, what I call Pacific Northwest cooking.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Growing Up #Simple #Weekend

  • There are pockets of great food in Spain, but there are also pockets of very mediocre food in Spain, and the same in Morocco and the same in Croatia and the same in Germany and the same in Austria.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Morocco #Croatia #Germany

  • To eat the boiled head of a pig sliced like salami is very strange. It may seem cutting edge, but it's actually a lot older than any of the other traditional salami.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Cutting #Pigs #May

  • The difference between 'Molto Italiano' and 'The Babbo Cookbook' is that the ingredient lists in 'Molto' are about half or even a third the size. In 'Babbo,' they are very long, they are very real. That's exactly how we make them in the restaurant.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Real #Differences #Long

  • My kids and I make pasta three days a week now. It's not even so much about the eating of it; they just like the process. Benno is the stuffer, and Leo is the catcher. They've got their jobs down.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Jobs #Kids #Three

  • I was at a party, and some squiggly looking dude with a bow tie came up and said, 'How'd you like to be on TV?' Turns out he was the programming guy at the Food Network. They had me come into the office, and I did a 'Ready, Set, Cook' with Emeril Lagasse, I believe.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Believe #Party #Ties

  • Just because you eat doesn't mean you eat smart. It's hard to beat a $1.99 wing pack of three at a fast-food restaurant - it's so cheap - but that wing pack isn't feeding anyone, it's just pushing hunger back an hour.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Smart #Mean #Wings

  • Look at cookbooks with your kids and ask them what sounds good.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Kids #Looks #Sound

  • Jimmy Fallon and I play regularly at the Bayonne Golf Club in Jersey. He's eighteen holes of fun. Any time we play he has moments of brilliance, but also moments of utter catastrophe.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Fun #Golf #Play

  • One of the most important leadership lessons is realizing you're not the most important or the most intelligent person in the room at all times.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Intelligent #Important #Lessons

  • You have to be generous if you want to spend your time making someone else dinner. Even if you're charging, you're still giving.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Giving #Want #Dinner

  • Protein has been intensely over-represented on the plate. Now, the garden should be the main drag for main courses.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Garden #Drag #Plates

  • If you're going to buy pasta, you should buy dry pasta. If you're going to make it you can make the real thing, but you shouldn't buy fresh pasta.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Real #Dry #Pasta

  • I like cast iron coated with enamel for longevity and forgiveness if I happen to take my eyes off the prize while pouring Chianti.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Eye #Iron #Pouring

  • I just signed to do my next book with Ecco Press, a new primer or encyclopedia. This will be my take on what classic Italian cooking is.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Book #Italian #Cooking

  • I got some media coverage for using the tail, the ear, the oink.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Media #Ears #Tails

  • Finishing food is about the tiny touches. In the last seconds you can change everything.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Tiny #Finishing #Lasts

  • Everyone makes pesto in a food processor. But the texture is better with a mortar and pestle, and it's just as fast.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Texture #Mortar

  • Are we Darwinists - where we live and let live? Or are we nurturing as a society? There has to be a standard of living that we decide to support.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Support #Standards #Live And Let Live

  • Shop often, shop hard, and spend for the best stuff available - logic dictates that you can make delicious food only with delicious ingredients.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Ingredients #Stuff #Logic

  • You have to live life to its full chorizo.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Life #Live Life

  • Unlike curing cancer or heart disease, we already know how to beat hunger: food.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Cancer #Heart #Disease

  • The way the bankers have kind of toppled the way money is distributed, and taken most of it into their own hands, is as good as Stalin or Hitler.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Taken #Hands #Way

  • When you taste things in the right order, sometimes they taste so much different than if you taste them out of order. Not that there's a right order, like by rule, but just like in a thoughtful way that makes sense.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Thoughtful #Order #Way

  • Michigan is my antidote to Manhattan. This is where I come to relax.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Relax #Michigan #Manhattan

  • As they say in Italy, Italians were eating with a knife and fork when the French were still eating each other. The Medici family had to bring their Tuscan cooks up there so they could make something edible.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Knives #Eating #Forks

  • I come from an Italian family. One of the greatest and most profound expressions we would ever use in conversations or arguments was a slamming door. The slamming door was our punctuation mark.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Italian #Doors #Expression

  • The Gulf Coast has the potential to create a culinary raw ingredient paradise that smart cooks can capitalize on.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Smart #Paradise #Ingredients

  • The Hamptons are usually filled with what I had hoped to leave behind in New York City.
    -- Mario Batali

    #New York #Cities #Hamptons

  • Food is "everyday"-it has to be, or we would not survive for long. But food is never just something to eat. It is something to find or hunt or cultivate first of all.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Food #Long #Everyday

  • Food is much better off the hand than the fork.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Food #Hands #Forks

  • When I was in college, I used to write little ditties and short stories and poetry for my friends. Writing a book is another thing. It is so much different from my traditional day of dirty fingernails and greasy hair and hot pans.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Dirty #Book #Writing

  • We need to figure out a 'harvest system' to collect the produce that stores don't put out for customers to buy because it's not perfect looking. Frankly, the stuff left to rot in the storeroom is more beautiful to me than the perfect carrot. I'm a gnarly carrot kind of guy.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Beautiful #Gnarly #Perfect

  • Although the skills aren't hard to learn, finding the happiness and finding the satisfaction and finding fulfillment in continuously serving somebody else something good to eat, is what makes a really good restaurant.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Skills #Satisfaction #Restaurants

  • Twelve-piece cookware sets for ninety-nine bucks are routinely hawked on late-night TV - often by friends of mine. But with a mere five pieces, you can do whatever you like - slay the dragon and then cook its tenderloin in the style of the duke of Wellington, if you want to.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Night #Dragons #Style

  • Cookbooks have all become baroque and very predictable. I'm looking for something different. A lot of chefs' cookbooks are food as it's done in the restaurants, but they are dumbed down, and I hate it when they dumb them down.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Hate #Dumb #Done

  • All the information you could want is constantly streaming at you like a runaway truck - books, newspaper stories, Web sites, apps, how-to videos, this article you're reading, even entire magazines devoted to single subjects like charcuterie or wedding cakes or pickles.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Wedding #Book #Reading

  • In America, I would say New York and New Orleans are the two most interesting food towns. In New Orleans, they don't have a bad deli. There's no mediocrity accepted.
    -- Mario Batali

    #New York #Food #Two

  • Day-old bread? Sadly, in America a lot of day-old bread just becomes nasty. Italian day-old bread, not having any preservatives in it, just becomes harder and it doesn't taste old. What I would warn people about is getting bread that's loaded with other things in it, because it starts to taste old.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Italian #America #People

  • Indianapolis versus Denver would not be a great one gastronomically.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Denver #Indianapolis

  • My family makes these vinegars - out of everything from grapes to peaches and cherries. We go through the whole process with the giant vat and drainer, label them, and give them as Christmas presents.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Christmas #Giving #Labels

  • I love simple food. I like to serve the entire animal, not only because it somehow provokes a customer to think about it, but also because to honor of the animal that has been killed for us to eat, you have to eat the whole thing. It would be silly to just eat the chops and throw everything else away.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Food #Silly #Simple

  • Every Super Bowl, I do different food each quarter from each of the hometowns of the teams competing. So I’m always hoping for cities with a gastronomic soul—not so much Indianapolis or Denver, right? For halftime we have New York hot dogs from Papaya Dog. And at the end of the game I’ve chosen a dessert based on who I think is going to win.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Dog #New York #Team

  • The American Dream is ownership Â… a house, a car, a vacation home and, even better, your own business
    -- Mario Batali

    #Dream #Home #Vacation

  • My last meal?  The food would be much less significant than the company.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Lasts #Meals #Would Be

  • Find something you love, because if you love what you do, you'll never spend a day at work.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Love Is #Something You Love

  • You sit down at Katz's and you eat the big bowl of pickles and you're eating the pastrami sandwich, and halfway through you say to yourself, I should really wrap this up and save it for tomorrow. But the sandwich is calling you: Remember the taste you just had. So fatty. It's what you want. It's what you are! I've never gotten home from Katz's with a doggie bag in my hand. A pastrami sandwich at Katz's is what's bad and good about food. It's the sacred and the profane.
    -- Mario Batali

    #Food #Home #Past