"What hunger is in relation to food, zest is in relation to life."     -Bertrand Russell

Zest is one of my favorite things: there are few foods that smell as clean and energizing as a citrus fruit--especially a lemon. Zest is, therefore, the perfect word to describe the excitement, or energy for life. We have zest for things that we love. And sometimes it is that zest, the tantalizing hint of what is to come, that hope for a more delicious future, that carries us through.

"True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done.
The zest of creating things new."
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

If gratitude is for the past, hope is for the future, zest, therefore, is for the present."                    -Park, Peterson & Seligman, 2004

"Zest. Gusto. How rarely do we see one living, or for that matter, creating by them. Yet if I were asked to name the most important items in a writer's make-up and rush him along the road he wants to go...I would only warn him to look to his zest, see to his gusto."
-Ray Bradbury

What do you have zest for in your life?

Cultivating zest in life
Zest in positive psychology
Writing with zest: focusing on the small things
The New Yorker: zest

How to use zest in recipes
Citrus zest recipes
How to zest a lemon
Two ways to zest a lemon
Drying grated orange & lemon zest
Tips on how to use zest

You should add lemon zest to everything

In bad times and in good, I've never lost my sense of zest for life." 
-Walt Disney
Image by Ulrike Leone from Pixabay 
Image by David Álvarez López from Pixabay bird
Image by Ben75 from Pixabay

lemon design
Image by Ilona Ilyés from Pixabay
wildflowers in mountains


  1. Great use of the letter.

    Congratulations on reaching z.

    I hope you and yours are staying safe and healthy during this difficult time.

    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

  2. Congratulations on ending so beautifully and positively this challenge! Zest is perfect!
    Z is for Zakka

  3. Congratulations for completing the challenge, I liked the word Zest which for me is a energetic word. Thanks for lovely quote by Walt Disney.

  4. Zest! Interesting that it’s a word for enthusiasm and also a word for the thin peel of a citrus fruit! And you are are quite right, there is something clean and fresh about citrus. No wonder so many cleaning products boast about having a lemon scent!

  5. I love the quotes you found! Congratulations on finishing your A to Z!


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