"Paula is passionate about food, and a tireless pursuer. She works in a way that's both sensual and scholarly. She isn't content until she knows not only how your olives were made, but also where you got them, what you did with them, what else you did with them, and whether your friends are doing the same thing. And then she'll call your friends, too."
- Alice Waters
"Paula is part anthropologist, part amateur scholar ... and part culinary interpreter, often improving a dish she has eaten-but always telling us exactly how she has changed it. And Paula is a very good cook. If her food were not delicious, I would be much less interested in the rest."
- Jeffrey Steingarten, Vogue