Thursday, June 6, 2013

On Food Writing

By Hayley Snow from Lucy Burdette's Key West food critic mystery series



I have to admit, I've been loafing a little bit lately. The busy high season is over in Key West, and besides that, my writer is down to the wire on our fourth book, MURDER WITH GANACHE.

She got a little annoyed with me this week, suggesting I get off my houseboat and do some work for the common good. Along with writing, she's been traipsing all over creation talking about TOPPED CHEF

Lucy Burdette and Molly Weston
(Although does it look like she's working that hard here?? I mean, could that margarita be any bigger?)


Anyway, one thing we decided I could do is help gather the foodie quotes that we use at the beginning of each chapter. And when I heard Killer Characters was celebrating its resuscitation by giving away books, I got excited. Maybe you guys could provide me the quotes and I could get the glory:). Here are a few examples that we've already used in the first few books:

“Charles Barclay’s weight loss secret: If it tastes good, I spit it out.”

"Because the goodness of the ingredients—the fine chocolate, the freshest lemons—seemed like a cover over something larger and darker, and the taste of what was underneath was beginning to push up from the bite."  Aimee Bender

"It is possible to imagine him having a small meal of minor critics for breakfast, as if they were kippers."  Dwight Garner

“Never eat more than you can lift.” Miss Piggy

Here's how the contest works: You enter a quote by somebody--anybody--as long as it's related to food, and we'll enter your name in the drawing. Two quotes? Two chances! And you can choose which book you'd like to win.  

And I promised I wouldn't forget to say:

TOPPED CHEF can be found wherever books are sold.

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And thanks, friends, for your help!

65 comments:

  1. It’s so beautifully arranged on the plate – you know someone’s fingers have been all over it.
    Julia Child

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  2. The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.
    Julia Child

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  3. Could not resist this one..."All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!" Lucy Van Pelt in the cartoon strip Peanuts created by Charles M. Schulz

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  4. Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.
    Woody Allen

    If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
    JRR Tolkien

    In the end, cooking isn't about understanding it's about connecting.
    Food is the best way to keep those we must lose.
    Alton Brown

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  5. I love these--thank you! Keep 'em coming...xo Hayley

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  6. I love this one: The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude. Julia Child

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  7. “Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.”
    ― Erma Bombeck

    “Blood may be thicker than water, but it's certainly not as thick as ketchup. Nor does it go as well with French fries.”
    ― Jarod Kintz

    “I come from a home where gravy is a beverage.”
    ― Erma Bombeck

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  8. The most dangerous food is wedding cake. American proverb

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    1. this is so perfect for the story I'm writing--thank you!!

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  9. There is no sincerer love than the love of food. George Bernard Shaw

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  10. When compelled to cook, I produce a meal that would make a sword swallower gag. Russell Baker

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    1. love it Barbara--and perfect for the Mallory Square sunset celebration!

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  11. I've long believed that good food, good eating, is all about risk. Anthony Bourdain

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  12. I've long believed that good food, good eating, is all about risk. Anthony Bourdain

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  14. Some of my favorites:

    "Isn't there any other part of the matzo you can eat?" - Marilyn Monroe

    "I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead - not sick, not wounded - dead." - Woody Allen

    "Everything you see I owe to spaghetti." - Sophia Lauren

    "Life is too short to stuff a mushroom." - Shirley Conran

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  15. I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.
    Erma Bombeck

    Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better.
    Robert Redford

    Jill at JillNFilm@aol.com (submitted by)

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    1. Love the Robert Redford--one of my all time fave actors!

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  16. From my mother...and her mother: "If one egg in a recipe is good, then two eggs are always better."

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  17. From a friend of the family

    "All good recipes start with sauté some onions."

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    1. that is so true, Sandy! unless of course you're making dessert:)

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    2. Unless of course you're making desert on Chopped. Then you might be making desert with onions.

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  18. "Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie. - Jim Davis. Must say I like his way of thinking! LOL
    Donna H. Carter @ dlhj59@yahoo.com

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  19. “It is coarse and ungraceful to throw food into the mouth as you would toss hay into a barn with a pitchfork.” Anonymous

    "Food responds to our soul's dream as to our stomach's appetite.” Joseph Delteil

    “That's something I've noticed about food: whenever there's a crisis if you can get people to eating normally things get better.” Madeleine L'Engle

    "Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.” W.C. Fields

    "It is illegal to give someone food in which has been found a dead mouse or weasel." Ancient Irish law

    "Food, like a loving touch or a glimpse of divine power, has that ability to comfort.” Norman Kolpas

    “When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.” Desiderius Erasmus




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  20. Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero

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  21. I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead.
    Oscar Wilde
    I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.
    Erma Bombeck

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  22. The recipe is in my head

    My mother -- I don't know how many times I heard that
    and I remember standing beside her while she was canning
    dill pickles and when she added something it went into
    my hand so I could measure it -- Once my brother and I
    starting helping her can the pickles never taste the same
    :-)

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    1. Isn't that funny? There's something special when someone you love makes a dish!

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  23. "A moment on the lips...forever on the hips"

    Nancy Narma
    tenderheart@echoes.net

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  24. When money was tight and we bugged my Mother for a pricey treat..she said if we were good--we could have a "Pine Float"..which really sounded exotic..and fooled us once..
    It's a glass of water with a toothpick!
    Nancy Narma
    tenderheart@echoes.net

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  25. To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living." -- Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef and host of No Reservations

    Debbie Carney

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  26. My favorite, from Auntie Mame: "Life is a banquet. And too many fools are starving to death."

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  27. Do vegetarians eat animal crackers? ~Author Unknown

    All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. ~John Gunther

    If God had intended us to follow recipes,
    He wouldn't have given us grandmothers.
    ~Linda Henley

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  28. "Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a collage education." Mark Twain

    (But I do so *love* cauliflower!)

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    1. Me too Linda--much more than cabbage though that's good too!

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  29. Come along inside... We'll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place.

    - Kenneth Grahame

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  30. “Somebody get me a cheeseburger!”
    ― Steve Miller Band

    “I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.”
    ― W.C. Fields

    “Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.”
    --James A. Garfield

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  31. Those who forget the pasta are condemned to reheat it.

    Anonymous

    Forget love I'd rather fall in chocolate
    Anonymous

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  32. Those who forget the pasta are condemned to reheat it.

    Anonymous

    Forget love I'd rather fall in chocolate
    Anonymous

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  33. “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.”
    Charles M. Schulz

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  34. “Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”
    Mark Twain

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  35. When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.
    Desiderius Erasmus



    Chocolate is what I love. I have it every day.
    Jennifer Hudson


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  36. “Knowledge is the food of the soul.”
    ― Plato

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  37. “I thank you for calling them off, young ser. I promise you, they would have found me indigestible.”
    ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

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  38. “There is more food in a pennyworth of bread than in a gallon of ale.”
    ― Joseph Livesey, A Lecture on Malt Liquor

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  39. “Reading is food for the brain.”
    ― Maribel C. Pagan

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  40. “Some people just don't have what it takes to appreciate a cookie.”
    ― James Patterson, The Angel Experiment

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  41. “Peanut butter is my frenemy.”
    ― Coco J. Ginger

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  42. I am not a glutton. I am an explorer of foo. Erma Bombeck

    Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn't illegal. Voltaire

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  43. "There is no sincerer love than the love of food." George Bernard Shaw

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  44. Thank you so much to all for the fabulous quotes! I probably have enough here for the fifth book too! Back shortly to announce winners....xoxo Lucy

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  45. I am going to try for two quotes, this one makes me laugh:

    My doctor told me I had to stop throwing intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people.
    – Orson Welles

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  46. Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.
    – William Shakespeare

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  47. We drew three winners for Lucy Burdette's mysteries. thanks to every one of you who suggested quotes.

    The winners are:
    Mary Preston
    Elaine Klingbell
    and harbingerdc (Janet Morrissey)

    To claim your prizes, please contact lucyburdette at gmail.com

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