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Table Talk: Orson Welles


Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an American actor and director. He had a huge appetite and became extremely overweight in his later years, reaching almost 400 pounds. In today's pinnable Table Talk quote he makes light of his weight with this tragic if not funny quote about overeating: “My doctor... More

James Beard

Table Talk: James Beard


James Beard (1903–1985) was a chef and television personality. Throughout his career, he wrote 20 cookbooks containing thousands of recipes. He has been nicknamed the "Dean of American Cookery" and the "Father of American-Style Gourmet Cooking. In today's TableTalk quote, he reminds us that food is something we all have in common, something we share and experience with each... More

Ted Allen

Table Talk: Ted Allen


  This week's pinnable Table Talk quote is good advice from Ted Allen, don't you think? From planning to cleaning up after the last guest has departed, make sure that you, too, will be able to relax and enjoy your next dinner party. "Planning a dinner party in a way that you're actually capable of getting it done without... More

Marilyn vos Savant

A properly set table is not just the precursor to an exceptional dining experience. In this week's pinnable Table Talk quote Marilyn vos Savant reminds all parents that setting a proper table is one of the skills their children should master by the time they leave home. "Be able to set a table so that you feel like... More

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, achieved worldwide fame for his pronouncements during the 2012 Olympic Games. BoJo, as he is affectionately referred to in London, frequently turns a colorful phrase. He raised eyebrows in a Daily Telegraph article with his newfound appreciation of beach volleyball: "As I write these words there are semi-naked women playing... More

Trisha Yearwood on dinner time

This week's Table Talk post is a pinnable Trisha Yearwood quote about her family's 6 PM dinner time: "We sat together as a family for dinner at night. And my mother had a job. My dad had a job. But there was always a meal on the table at 6:00, you know." ― Trisha Yearwood

Table Talk: Michael Symon feature image

This pinnable quote from Cleveland-born chef Michael Symon is a reminder about the important social skills that can be learned while sitting around the dinner table: "Sitting down for dinner not only helps you learn, but also teaches you how to listen- which I feel is the most important skill to have. I remember as a... More

You should make something

Make something. It doesn't make much difference what it is. What's most important is the process of creating something from scratch, something that didn't exist in the world until you made it. There is a lot of joy in making things. Sure, it's enormously satisfying to see other people take delight in what you have done. But making... More

Michael J. Fox reminds us that a family is a cast of characters that can be quite entertaining around the dinner table.

We’ve all heard the saying “You can choose your friends, but not your family.” While that may be true, Michael J. Fox reminds us that a family is a cast of characters that can be quite entertaining around the dinner table. There’s nothing better than being able to finish each other’s sentences or experience full... More

Chris Rock: "I can't cook, but I have a nice book of menus... and I can plate and set the table."

Table Talk: Chris Rock


Chris Rock admits he's not a great cook, and he adds a good point about assisting the cook at dinnertime. Here are a few simple ways anyone can help at dinner even if they don't cook. If there are guests coming, you can help set up and take down extra chairs and tables. You can clean and... More

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