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66 African Quotes on Food That Illustrate African Beliefs and Traditions in a Beautiful Tone

 African Quotes on Food

The continent of Africa is the second largest landmass on Earth, and is home to hundreds of different cultural and ethnic groups. African food is diverse and full of flavour and with thousands of different ethnic groups across Africa, there are plenty of unique recipes. Recipes were traditionally passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth, which has changed today. People love food so our ancestors also used food to illustrate lessons about life. Here is a list of proverbs about food.

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  1. As porridge benefits those who heat and eat it, so does a child benefit those that rear it. ~Amharic Proverb
  2. The forest not only hides man’s enemies but its full of man’s medicine, healing power and food. ~African Proverb
  3. One person is a thin porridge; two or three people are a lump of ugali. ~Kuria Proverb
  4. The man who counts the bits of food he swallows is never satisfied. ~African Proverb
  5. Wine, women and food give gladness to the heart. ~Ancient Egyptian Proverb
  6. The food that is in the mouth is not yet in the belly. ~Kikuyu Proverb
  7. You cannot work for food when there is no food for work. ~African Proverb
  8. The chicken that digs for food will not sleep hungry. ~Bayombe Proverb
  9. He who eats another mans food will have his own food eaten by others. ~Swahili Proverb
  10. Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with gravel in his mouth. ~African Proverb
  11. No partridge scratches the ground in search of food for another. ~Xhosa Proverb
  12. The grasshopper which is always near its mother eats the best food. ~Ghanaian Proverb
  13. Don’t take another mouthful before you have swallowed what is in your mouth. ~Malagasy Proverb
  14. Rich people sometimes eat bad food. ~Kikuyu Proverb
  15. The impotent man does not eat spicy foods. ~Congolese Proverb
  16. You should know what’s being cooked in the kitchen otherwise you might eat a forbidden food. ~African Proverb
  17. When the leg does not walk, the stomach does not eat. ~Mongo (Congolese) Proverb
  18. A healthy person who begs for food is an insult to a generous farmer. ~Ghanaian Proverb
  19. One spoon of soup in need has more value than a pot of soup when we have an abundance of food. ~Angolan Proverb
  20. Cooked food is not sold for goats. ~Kikuyu Proverb
  21. The mouth is stupid after eating it forgets who gave it the food. ~African Proverb
  22. A dog knows the places he is thrown food. ~Acholi Proverb
  23. One who eats alone cannot discuss the taste of the food with others. ~African Proverb
  24. Words are sweet, but they never take the place of food. ~Ibo Proverb
  25. The man who has bread to eat does not appreciate the severity of a famine. ~Yoruba Proverb
  26. He who doesn’t clean his mouth before breakfast always complains that the food is sour. ~African Proverb
  27. The hyena with a cub does not consume all the available food. ~Akamba Proverb
  28. When the food is cooked there is no need to wait before eating it. ~Kikuyu Proverb
  29. What one won’t eat by itself, one will eat when mixed with other food. ~Bantu & Lamba Proverb
  30. Man is like a pepper, till you have chewed it you do not know how hot it is. ~Haussa Proverb
  31. No one gets a mouthful of food by picking between another person’s teeth. ~Igbo Proverb
  32. It is not the cook’s fault when the cassava turns out to be hard and tasteless. ~Ewe Proverb
  33. A housewife who complains that there is not enough foodstuff in the market should remember that if her husband adds to what is already available, there would be more for everyone. ~Nigerian Proverb
  34. A spider’s cobweb isn’t only its sleeping spring but also its food trap. ~African Proverb
  35. If you watch your pot, your food will not burn. ~Mauritanian, Nigerian, and Niger Proverb
  36. Those who are at one regarding food are at one in life. ~Malawian Proverb
  37. Fine words do not produce food. ~Nigerian Proverb
  38. Even the best cooking pot will not produce food. ~African Proverb
  39. If I could see your face, I would not need food. ~Amharic Proverb
  40. If you find no fish, you have to eat bread. ~Ghanaian Proverb
  41. War is not porridge. ~Gikuyu Proverb
  42. The best of mankind is a farmer; the best food is fruit. ~Ethiopian Proverb
  43. Slowly, slowly, porridge goes into the gourd. ~Kuria People of Kenyan & Tanzania
  44. One shares food not words. ~Somali Proverb
  45. If you are looking for a fly in your food it means that you are full. ~South African Proverb
  46. Nature gave us two cheeks instead of one to make it easier to eat hot food. ~Ghanaian Proverb
  47. A patient that can swallow food makes the nurse doubtful. ~Malagasy Proverb
  48. If you give bad food to your stomach, it drums for you to dance. ~African Proverb
  49. A bad cook also has his/her share of the bad food. ~African Proverb
  50. The forest provides food to the hunter after he is utterly exhausted. ~Zimbabwean Proverb
  51. Things are to be tried, an old lady cooked stones and they produced soup. ~Zimbabwean Proverb
  52. You cannot tell a hungry child that you gave him food yesterday. ~Zimbabwean Proverb
  53. Good music goes with good food. ~African Proverb
  54. Rich people cook their food in a potsherd. ~Kikuyu Proverb
  55. However little food we have, we’ll share it even if it’s only one locust. ~Malagasy Proverb
  56. Water is colourless and tasteless but you can live on it longer than eating food. ~African Proverb
  57. Eat when the food is ready; speak when the time is right. ~Ethiopian Proverb
  58. The food eaten first lasts longest in the stomach. ~Kikuyu Proverb
  59. When your luck deserts you, even cold food burns. ~Zambian Proverb
  60. Happiness is as good as food. ~Maasai Proverb
  61. Good words are food, bad words poison. ~Malagasy Proverb
  62. The goat says: “Where there is blood, there is plenty of food.” ~Ghanaian Proverb
  63. If you see a man in a gown eating with a man in rags, the food belongs to the latter. ~Fulani Proverb
  64. They ate our food, and forgot our names. ~Tunisian Proverb
  65. An abundance of food at your neighbour’s will not satisfy your hunger. ~Bayaka Proverb
  66. Food you will not eat you do not boil. ~African Proverb

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