- Drinka Pinta Milka Day.: National Dairy Council, 1958; coined by Bertrand Whitehead
- Go to work on an egg.: British Egg Marketing Board, from 1957; perhaps written by Fay Weldon or Mary Gowing
- If all be true that I do think,
There are five reasons we should drink;
Good wine—a friend—or being dry—
Or lest we should be by and by—
Or any other reason why.
1647–1710 English scholar: ‘Reasons for Drinking’ (1689)
- Shake and shake
The catsup bottle.
None will come,
And then a lot'll.
1906–89: ‘Going to Extremes’ (1949)
- Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o' the puddin'-race!
1759–96 Scottish poet: ‘To a Haggis’ (1787)
- I'm President of the United States, and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli!
New York Times 23 March 1990 1924– American Republican statesman, 41st President 1989–93: in
- Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did.
of the strawberry
The Compleat Angler (3rd ed., 1661) pt. 1, ch. 5 1535–1618 English physician: Izaak Walton
- Tea, although an Oriental,
Is a gentleman at least;
Cocoa is a cad and coward,
Cocoa is a vulgar beast.
1874–1936 English essayist, novelist, and poet: ‘Song of Right and Wrong’ (1914)
- Take away that pudding—it has no theme.
The Way the Wind Blows (1976) ch. 16 1874–1965 British Conservative statesman, Prime Minister 1940–5, 1951–5: Lord Home
- The cups,
That cheer but not inebriate.
The Task (1785) bk. 4 ‘The Winter Evening’ l. 37; see Berkeley 1731–1800 English poet:
- Poverty and oysters always seem to go together.
Pickwick Papers (1837) ch. 22 1812–70 English novelist:
- Milk's leap toward immortality.
Any Number Can Play (1957) 1904–99 American critic:
- Roast Beef, Medium, is not only a food. It is a philosophy.
Roast Beef, Medium (1911) 1887–1968 American writer: foreword to
- Der Mensch ist, was er isst.
Man is what he eats.
Lehre der Nahrungsmittel: Für das Volk (1850) ‘Advertisement’; see Brillat-Savarin 1804–72 German philosopher: Jacob Moleschott
- A cucumber should be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out, as good for nothing.
Tour to the Hebrides (1785) 5 October 1773 1709–84 English poet, critic, and lexicographer: James Boswell
- What is the matter with Mary Jane?
She's perfectly well and she hasn't a pain,
And it's lovely rice pudding for dinner again!
What is the matter with Mary Jane?
When We Were Very Young (1924) ‘Rice Pudding’ 1882–1956 English writer for children:
1902–71 American humorist: ‘Further Reflections on Parsley’ (1942)
- A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money. Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do.
The Bachelor Home Companion (1987) 1947– American humorous writer:
- The ordinary human being would sooner starve than live on brown bread and raw carrots. And the peculiar evil is this, that the less money you have, the less inclined you feel to spend it on wholesome food. A millionaire may enjoy breakfasting off orange juice and ryvita biscuits; [but]…When you are underfed, harassed, bored and miserable, you don't want to eat dull wholesome food. You want something a little bit ‘tasty.’
The Road to Wigan Pier (1937) ch. 6 1903–50 English novelist:
- Coffee, (which makes the politician wise,
And see thro' all things with his half-shut eyes).
The Rape of the Lock (1714) canto 3, l. 117 1688–1744 English poet:
- It is said that the effect of eating too much lettuce is ‘soporific’.
The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (1909) 1866–1943 English writer for children:
- Look here, Steward, if this is coffee, I want tea; but if this is tea, then I wish for coffee. 1841–1992 English humorous weekly periodical: 23 July 1902
- Methinks sometimes I have no more wit than a Christian or an ordinary man has; but I am a great eater of beef, and I believe that does harm to my wit.
Twelfth Night (1601) act 1, sc. 3, l.  (Oxford Standard Authors ed.) 1564–1616 English dramatist:
- There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
Man and Superman (1903) act 1 1856–1950 Irish dramatist:
- I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti. 1991 film: spoken by Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter; written by Thomas Harris (1940–) and Ted Tally (1952–)
- Let onion atoms lurk within the bowl,
And, scarce-suspected, animate the whole.
Memoir (1855) vol. 1, ch. 11 ‘Receipt for a Salad’ 1771–1845 English clergyman and essayist: Lady Holland
- Many's the long night I've dreamed of cheese—toasted, mostly.
Treasure Island (1883) ch. 15 1850–94 Scottish novelist:
- Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.
Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894) ch. 5 1835–1910 American writer:
- mother: It's broccoli, dear.
child: I say it's spinach, and I say the hell with it.
New Yorker 8 December 1928 1899–1985 American humorist: cartoon caption in