The Physiology of Taste; Or, Transcendental Gastronomy by Brillat-Savarin. No cover available. Download; Bibrec. Brillat Savarin (Anthelme) Counsel of the Court of Cassation, member of the Legion of Honor, member of the Society for the Encouragement of National Industry. Finished reading [The Physiology of Taste] by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. What a delightful book! I feel like I’ve been enjoying the company of the character .

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View all 7 comments. Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarina French lawyer and politician, and gained fame as an epicure and gastronome. Just started, haste through the 25 or so pp of prelim material – plan on hitting a chapter or so a night. The Physiology of Taste.

The Physiology of Taste; Or, Transcendental Gastronomy by Brillat-Savarin

It’s a rambling piecing-together of ideas, and essays, 19th-century science and pseudoscience, and anecdotes, and moral lessons in the guise of conversation.

Tell me what tashe eat and I’ll tell you what you are.

And likewise, it’s a totally idiosyncratic book, filled with moments of genius, and which preserves a bygone way of reaching “knowledge,” whatever that may be. Oct 04, Pages Buy. Maundering while masticating obstructs the physiology of taste. Not being a believer in “Armageddon according to Mayans” I found great joy in his witty remarks on this phenomenon, especially because three days before the Be a punctual cook. The Everyman’s edition is well-bound, elegantly tase and a joy to read.


Notable for his passage of the Gastronomic Tests.

The Physiology of Taste

Aug 21, Andrew added it Shelves: And after Brillat-Savarin describes a turkey hunt in Connecticut she needs brillaf tell her own turkey story, not leaving out details not only sartorial and osteological but also Sinological: I read a translation with excellent and amusing notes by MFK Fisher, and like me she was sort of in love with the charming man who wrote this. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

It’s much more entertaining if you have David Suchet’s portrayal of the character in your head as the author’s voice He also repeatedly tells long stories about his personal physuology some Englishmen at a drinking game, “The Physiology of Taste” is one of those books that most people either love or hate.

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Apr 13, Leila rated it really liked it. Popular passages Page – The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of the human race than the discovery of a new constellation.

Aphorisms of the Professor, VII. This is an incredibly engaging and humorous book that introduced the concept of the gourmand to the world.

First published in France in and continuously in print ever since, this book is still remarkably interesting and relevant today; I especially enjoyed his chapters brillaat diet and weight. As we have said already, all animals that live on farinaceous food grow fat willy-nilly; and man is no exception to the universal law.


For example, he writes: Strongly recommend this book.

He the archetypal French philosophe: Inat the opening of the French Revolution, he was sent as a deputy to the Estates-General that soon became the National Constituent Assembly, where he acquired some limited fame, particularly for a public speech in defense of capital punishment.

This edition, though, is wonderful.

Return to Book Page. Trudging through the chapters was similar to a tortuous dinner date.

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I highly recommend if you are a gourmand yourself, and even if This is an incredibly engaging and humorous book that introduced the concept of the gourmand to the world. The gourmet, it is said, merges the aesthetic w physiiology pragmatic, and is usually a humanist.

Fisher, who translated this edition.