"Without accepting the fact that everything changes,
we cannot find perfect composure. Unfortunately,
this truth is difficult for us to accept and because we
cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer."
"Nobody leaves this place without singin' the blues."
– Spoken by Albert Collins in the film Adventures in Babysitting
"To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart."
"All human nature vigorously resists
change because change changes us
and change is painful."
Chi-chi, grab the yay-oh
"And love will see you through..."
'The soul is the ancestral animals. The body is their knowledge.'
- Austin Osman Spare
"Man is rated the highest animal, at least among all animals that returned the questionaire."
'In the part of the world we are dealing with everybody wants to own everything. Existence feels so uncertain and so fragile that people fight fiercely and with great passion to hold on to things: land, culture, religious symbols, food - everything is in danger of being snatched away or of disappearing. The result is fiery arguments about provenance, about who and what came first.
As we have seen through our investigations, and will become blatantly apparent to anyone reading and cooking from this book, these arguments are futile.
... they are futile because it doesn't matter. Looking back in time or far afield into distant lands is simply distracting. The beauty of food and of eating is that they are rooted in the now. Food is a basic, hedonistic pleasure, a sensual instinct we all share and revel in. It is a shame to spoil it.'
- Yotam Ottolenghi
'I mean, the human race, we are a tribe, let's face it, and let's stop all this religious bullshit. I think everybody, or at least a lot of my friends, are just so exhausted with this whole self-importance of religious people. Just drop it. We're all fucking animals, so let's just make some universal tribal beat. We're all pagan. Let's just march.'