A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 13, 2017
“Eating is a necessity, but cooking is an art”

"Eating is a necessity, but cooking is an art” is a cooking saying that has been printed on many images. The saying was posted on Twitter on May 21, 2013, probably from one of these images.

However, the saying is much older. Cookbook author Gesine Lemcke used “Eating is a Necessity, But Cooking is an Art” in the 1890s.


Google Books
Desserts and Salads
By Gesine Lemcke
Published for the author
1911 (copyright 1892, 1896)
Pg. 1 (Cover):
“Eating is a Necessity,
But Cooking is an Art.”

Google Books
Two Hundred Recipes for Making Desserts: Including French Pastries
By Olive M. Hulse
Chicago, IL: The Hopewell Press
1912
Pg. 80:
Eating is a necessity, but cooking is an art.

Google Books
Good Food, how to Prepare it
By George E. Cornforth
Washington, DC: Review and Herald Publishing Association
1920
Pg. 7:
“It has been said that “ eating is a necessity, but cooking is an art.”

26 March 1926, Pittston (PA) Gazette, “Recipes Worth Remembering” by Mrs. E. K. Lemcke (Famous Authority on Cooking), pg. 2, col. 2:
“Eating is a necessity. But cooking is an art.”

Twitter
Bacco Wine Bar‏
@BaccoWineBar
“Eating is a necessity, but #cooking is an art.”
8:33 AM - 21 May 2013

Twitter
Andy-Sensei!‏
@ItsAndyBroo
Eating is a necessity , but cooking is an art.
10:12 PM - 22 May 2013

Twitter
BELLA‏
@BellaLife
Eating is a necessity but #cooking is an art.
4:30 PM - 4 Jun 2013

Twitter
Polaner‏
@Polanerspreads
Eating is a necessity, but cooking is an art - http://Polanerspreads.com #polaner #food #quote #cooking #ar http://pinterest.com/pin/532198880936278660/
1:23 PM - 6 Jun 2013

Google Books
Applied Business Analytics:
Integrating Business Process, Big Data, and Advanced Analytics

By Nathaniel Lin
Upper Saddle RIver, NJ: FT Press
2014
Pg. 73:
“Eating is a necessity, but cooking is an art.” —Unknown

Google Books
Kelsey the Spy
By Linda Joy Singleton
Chicago, IL: Albert Whitman & Company
2016
Pg. 289:
He must have been in the kitchen working on a culinary masterpiece because he’s wearing his Eating Is a Necessity but Cooking Is an Art apron. 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, June 13, 2017 • Permalink