Asparagus quotes

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Cooking and asparagus

Faster than cooking asparagus. (Emperor Augustus)

Are you casting asparagus on my cooking? (Curly Howard)

Romesco with asparagus is simple and brilliant. (Jose Andres)

Good asparagus needs minimal treatment and is best eaten with few other ingredients. (Yotam Ottolenghi)

“Ah! Green asparagus, my favorite!” “I stir-fried it with crab meat.” (Tetsu Kariya)

She’d serve the veal over linguine dressed in extra-virgin olive oil and butter with lots of cracked pepper, and a side of baby asparagus. (Brian O’Reilly)

Let us say first of all that asparagus should not only be raked, as too many people are content to do, but peeled thoroughly, which allows it to be consumed almost in its entirety. (Prosper Montagné)

“I’ve always thought the year begins in the spring rather than January, anyway. I like the idea of taking the first asparagus of the year, picked right that day, and putting it in a warm, creamy risotto. It celebrates both seasons and takes you from one to the next in just a few bites.” (Erica Bauermeister)

Respecting the dignity of a spectacular food means enjoying it at its best. Europeans celebrate the short season of abundant asparagus as a form of holiday. In the Netherlands the first cutting coincides with Father’s Day, on which restaurants may feature all-asparagus menus and hand out neckties decorated with asparagus spears. (Barbara Kingsolver)

Asparagus features

Asparagus is the serpent of the vegetable world. (Jarod Kintz)

Asparagus – Vegetable used as a measure of greatness. (Pierre Daninos)

Mines, asparagus, potatoes and ancient noble families have one thing in common: the best of them lies underground. (Vic Hammond)

The natural friendship of this plant with the horns of the sheep is remarkable, to grow cheerfully near them: which has led some to believe that asparagus comes immediately from horns. (Olivier de Serres)

Asparagus inspires gentle thoughts. (Charles Lamb)

Asparagus, when picked, should be no thicker than a darning needle. (Alice B. Toklas)

Shop asparagus is of two kinds, namely seed and wild; seedable asparagus grows a quantity of roots which hang as if from a single head, round & long, fleshy, whitish, soft & sticky… (Joseph Pitton de Tournefort)

Asparagus with graceful stems and silky hairs, glistening from the evening dew, resembled a grove of dwarf spruce trees covered with a silvery flora. (George Sand)

Food and asparagus

sweet food for those with a sweet tooth (Hieronymus Bosch)

One word, in this place, respecting asparagus. The young shoots of this plant, boiled, are the most unexceptionable form of greens with which I am acquainted. (William Alcott)

Let there be seasons so that our tongues will be rich in asparagus and limes. (Anne Sexton)

When you eat potatoes or asparagus, you taste the sand of the fields and the blessing of the roots, the heat of the sky and the cool rain, cool water and the warm manure. (Carl Zuckmayer)

Asparagus in a lean in a lean is to hot. This makes it art and it is wet weather wet weather wet. (Gertrude Stein)

And if you like soup, then the best soup is the one that is topped with roots and herbs: carrots, asparagus, cauliflower and all sorts of similar things. (Anton Chekhov)

I wanted to eat cool green salads. I longed for arugula tossed with olive oil and parmesan, for asparagus tips dripping with melted butter, for a salad of sweet and bitter green leaves. (Kate Forsyth)

Because asparagus, ham, cutlets
are sometimes nice too. (Wilhelm Busch)

People and asparagus

He resembled, to an extraordinary degree, an asparagus. (Roald Dahl)

You look like asparagus. You are long and thin, your perfume evokes no other, and nothing on earth equals the excellence of your head. (Amélie Nothomb)

Man does not live merely from smoked meat and asparagus, but, what is more, from friendly conversation, both verbally and in writing. (Gotthold Ephraim Lessing)

Asparagus and people have a common fate: as soon as someone raises their head, they are cut off. (Eugen Gerstenmaier)

Only thanks to them is it now known what culinary efforts spinach or asparagus take, where to put bay leaves and where to put nutmeg, and that it is better to stay away from wolfberry. (Stanislaw Lem)

Work! labor the asparagus me of life; the one great sacrament of humanity from which all other things flow – security, leisure, joy, art, literature, even divinity itself. (Sean O’Casey)

keep bees and grow asparagus.
listen to the wind
instead of the politicians,
make up your own stories
and believe them if you want to live
the good life (Miriam Waddington)

Attitude to asparagus

What most enraptured me were the asparagus… (Marcel Proust)

Actually I love asparagus. (Wayne Static)

I know, the only intolerance I have is vegetables, mainly asparagus. (Settena Rogalski)

It never bothered me that people sometimes compared me to asparagus because the head is the most important thing in asparagus. (Charles de Gaulle)

The attorney general will not cast aspersions on my asparagus. (Louie Gohmert)

With passion, if you see the first asparagus of the springtime and you become passionate about it, so much the better, but three weeks later, when you’ve seen that asparagus every day now, passions have subsided. What’s going to make you treat the asparagus the same? It’s the desire. (Thomas Keller)

I go for crunchy things – I like green beans, broccoli, asparagus, celery and carrots. I’m not a fruit eater, though. (Rico Rodriguez)

Gardening and asparagus

In a short time you see the best asparagus in the world being born; I would not deign to except those of Ravenna. (François Rabelais)

Early radishes and other vegetables can be raised, between the rows, without any harm to the asparagus. (J.H. Walden)

If your box or window is shaded a good part of the time, raise begonias, camellias, ferns, and Asparagus Sprengeri. (Frank Lincoln Stevens)

For about 48 weeks of the year an asparagus plant is unrecognizable to anyone except an asparagus grower. Plenty of summer visitors to our garden have stood in the middle of the bed and asked, ‘What is this stuff? It’s beautiful!’ We tell them its the asparagus patch, and they reply, ‘No this, these feathery little trees.’ An asparagus spear only looks like its picture for one day of its life… (Barbara Kingsolver)

My garden grows in its own good time. Every plant has its season. Lettuce comes up early and must be picked or else it will bolt. Kale gets planted late in the season because it loves the cool weather of fall. Asparagus takes years to prosper, and strawberries can take up to two seasons to provide a harvest. (Vivian Elisabeth Glyck)

There are vast areas of land on the left, covering the site of a collapsed quarry (of Montmartre), which the commune granted to industrious men… They… created fields… where the This season, mounted asparagus displays its green plumes decorated with red pearls. (Gérard de Nerval)

Quotes about gardening

Health and asparagus

Asparagus: cleanses the liver and spleen; strengthens the pancreas. (Anthony William)

Asparagus is the best at de-bloating, since it helps flush out the bad stuff. (David Kirsch)

Pliny reports solemnly, “It is said that if a person is rubbed with asparagus beaten up in oil, he will never be stung by bees.” (Rebecca Rupp)

Asparagus, for example, is one vegetable that should be steamed before eating in order to unlock cancer-fighting properties, and the same goes for tomatoes. (Peter Paulson)

Asparagus for treating jaundice, toothache and as an antidote for venomous spider bites. (Shalini Boland)

Vegetable garden and asparagus

Can the garden afford anything more delightful to view than those forests of asparagus, artichokes, lettuce, peas, beans, and other legumes and sedulous plants so different in color and of such various shapes. (Stephen Switzer)

All the vegetables sedately in straight rows, and having nothing to do with each other. The French artichokes standing in stately stiff rows, not so much as glancing at the waving asparagus bed, nor the rows of pale-green mammoth roses, which turn out to be heads of lettuce. I had never seen a vegetable-garden which was ornamental before. (Elizabeth W. Allston)

Everything here was warm, silent and generous. They followed each other in regular rows – lettuce, open like roses, tall, copper-red artichoke greens, as if carved from bronze, thin threads of asparagus, flying like feathers. Here and there huge pumpkins could be seen, rolled around their stems, as if they had fallen from the sky. (Anna de Noailles)

On the seashore, right next to the outpost,
I saw a large vegetable garden.
Tall asparagus grows there;
Cabbage grows modestly there. (Kozma Prutkov)

Quotes about vegetable garden

Restaurant and asparagus

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)

They were served asparagus in a mousseline sauce so delicious you could faint, then the Easter pâté à la Paulette Lestafier, then a roasted carré d’agneau accompanied by tians of tomatoes, and zucchini with thyme flowers, then a tart of strawberries and wild strawberries with homemade whipped cream. (Anna Gavalda)

But some restaurateurs show originality and offer an asparagus crème brûlée as a starter or an arugula salad with grilled asparagus, fresh strawberries and an orange and balsamic vinegar vinaigrette. (Frédéric Lemaître)

It’s a lot harder to get people to ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over beets and carrots than it is to get them to ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over artichokes or asparagus, and I enjoy being able to take these humble, ‘lowbrow’ foodstuffs up a few notches and serve them with great exuberance. (Charlie Trotter)

Good manners and asparagus

Note that the young man also knows which end of the asparagus is eaten from. (Alexander Kuprin)

Can you suggest any suitable aspersions to spread abroad about Mrs. Thatcher? It is idle to suggest she has unnatural relations with Mrs. Barbara Castle; what is needed is something socially lower: that she eats asparagus with knife and fork, or serves instant mash potatoes. (Sylvia Townsend Warner)

One gentleman known to us – the author of the brilliant work “Morals and Habits of Ichthyosaurs ” – died in the opinion of decent society only because once at an official dinner he not only cut asparagus with a fork, but also drank liqueur from a large glass, as is known, intended for white wine, and, having sucked out all the liquor in three powerful gulps, he wiped his lips with the edge of his lady’s fluffy gauze sleeve, although for this purpose he had the edge of the tablecloth under his very nose. (Arkady Averchenko)

Vegetables and asparagus

The melon bells shone in a row on their narrow bed; artichokes, beans, spinach, carrots and tomatoes alternated up to an asparagus plant, which looked like a little wood of feathers. (Gustave Flaubert)

I love artichokes, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, and string beans and eat huge amounts of them. (Joel Fuhrman)

The word ‘vegetable’ has no precise botanical meaning in reference to food plants, and we find that almost all parts of plants have been employed as vegetables – roots (carrot and beet), stems (Irish potato and asparagus), leaves (spinach and lettuce), leaf stalk (celery and Swiss chard), bracts (globe artichoke), flower stalks and buds (broccoli and cauliflower), fruits (tomato and squash), seeds (beans), and even the petals (Yucca and pumpkin). (Charles Heiser)

Quotes about vegetables

Diet and asparagus

Yeah, well, asparagus is good for me, but it still makes me want to throw up. (James Patterson)

These vegetables all have a glycemic index of less than 20 and should be your go-to veggies: Asparagus Bean sprouts Beet greens Broccoli Cabbages Cauliflowers Celery Cucumbers Endive Lettuces Mustard greens Radishes Spinach Swiss chard Watercress. (John Chatham)

The artichoke and the lettuce,
the asparagus and the pastenade
and the pepons from Tours
are herbs more fond of me
than the royal meats
which are served in heaps. (Pierre de Ronsard)

Wild asparagus

The wind had risen, and was wailing over the marshes, sighing among the harsh herbage, the sea-lavender, sovereign wood, and wild asparagus. (Sabine Baring-Gould)

In May, when the grass was so green it hurt to look at it, the air so overpoweringly sweet you had to go in and turn on the television just to dull your senses- that’s when Claire knew it was time to look for the asparagus in the pastures. (Jane Hamilton)

What could be got from the woods was free and amounted to a diurnal dining diary that everyone kept in their heads. May was wild asparagus, arugula, and artichokes. June was wild lettuce and stinging nettles. July was cherries and wild strawberries. August was forest berries. September was porcini. (Bill Buford)

Sex and asparagus

And that aroma of sex … soft baby asparagus cut with a weak solution of Clorox. (Gregory Maguire)

Despite — or perhaps because of — its propensity for provoking unbridled lust, people have been cooking asparagus at least since the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. (Rebecca Rupp)

Europeans of the Renaissance swore by it as an aphrodisiac, and the church banned it from nunneries. (Barbara Kingsolver)

Smell and asparagus

[Asparagus] transforms my chamber-pot into a flask of perfume. (Marcel Proust)

[Asparagus] cause a powerful and disagreeable smell in the urine, as everybody knows. (Louis Lémery)

Asparagus contains a sulfur compound called mercaptan. It is also found in onions, garlic, rotten eggs, and in the secretions of skunks. The signature smell occurs when this substance is broken down in your digestive system. (Mark Leyner)

Leek and asparagus

Leek is the poor man’s asparagus. Everybody knows that. (Anatole France)

Asparagus is the rich man’s leek. (Francis Blanche)

When we say that the leek is the poor man’s asparagus, that is not kind to the leek, nor to the asparagus, nor to the poor man. (Albert Valentin)

Leek quotes

Germany and asparagus

The German asparagus are fabulous. (George W. Bush)

When I hear the asparagus shooting in Herbsleben,
my taste buds begin to sprout.
When you eat asparagus from Herbsleben,
you completely forget about the environment.
Your body tingles, from your toes to your forehead.
You don’t have to think, you don’t need a brain.
And the brain tears up with pleasure.
Then add an asparagus spirit on top. (Ulf Annel)

Books and asparagus

For a lot of people, poetry tends to be dull. It’s not read much. It takes a special kind of training and a lot of practice to read poetry with pleasure. It’s like learning to like asparagus. (Thomas M. Disch)

if we have a dollar to spend on some wild excess, we shall spend it on a book, not on asparagus out of season. (Katharine Fullerton Gerould)

Children and asparagus

There are big fifteen-year-old boys there, who have grown like “asparagus” and who still have short pants with sticky legs. (Germaine Acremant)

I love fresh vegetables and we always include them in our meals. I don’t force my kids to eat asparagus, but they do eat peas, broccoli, and carrots. (Alison Sweeney)

Artichokes and asparagus

Are asparaguses just artichokes that haven’t grown properly? Like they started smoking and got really skinny, like supermodels? (Jenny Lawson)

And yet they ate asparagus from a knife and cut artichokes with a knife. (Vladimir Gilyarovsky)

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Women and asparagus

Treat asparagus like a woman: carefully touch the head and gently stroke it downwards. (Karl-Heinz Funke)

“I am a sensitive plant. Like asparagus, I take a long time to grow and am easily killed off.” (Reginald Hill)

Painting and asparagus

Overcooked asparagus dripped off the rim of a platter like clocks in a Dalí painting. (Nancy Star)

There are lessons for long-term relationships in the way that Manet approached asparagus. (Alain de Botton)

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