"I say: If you don't know how to cook, I'm sure you have at least one friend who knows how to cook. Well, call that friend and say, 'Can I come next time and can I bring some food and can I come an hour or two hours ahead and watch you and help you?'"
"I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead."Jacques Pepin on Oscar Wilde
"You can tell alot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans."Jacques Pepin on Ronald Reagan
"It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available."Jacques Pepin on Ronald Reagan
"You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."Jacques Pepin on Yogi Berra
"Beware the hobby that eats."Jacques Pepin on Benjamin Franklin
"You can't escape the taste of the food you had as a child. In times of stress, what do you dream about? Your mother's clam chowder. It's security, comfort. It brings you home."
"When I pair food and wine, I start with the food. If I have a beautiful roasted bird, I might choose a Cabernet or Pinot Noir, or maybe a Syrah, depending on the sauce and what is in my cellar."
"I taped my first series for PBS in 1982 at WJCT-TV in Jacksonville, Florida. The show, called 'Everyday Cooking with Jacques Pepin,' was about saving time and money in the kitchen - and it was a celebration of simple and unpretentious food."
"When I wrote 'Fast Food My Way' in 2004, I hoped that my friends would prepare my recipes. Now, more people cook from that book than any other I've written in the past 30 years."
"This June, I'll travel once again to the Food and Wine Magazine Classic in Aspen, Colorado. For many years, my dear friend Julia Child and I have teamed up to teach classes together at the event for the past seven years, my daughter, Claudine, has been my cooking partner on stage."