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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I really enjoyed all the actual life stories Savarin told. It is described as a sort of confusion of gluttony and voracity.

Like Burton with his Anatomy of Melancholy, Brillat-Savarin says a lot of things that we say now in different ways. All the talk about food made me constantly hungry but since I have physjology this book I somewhat enjoy and appreciate more what I eat.

Apr 13, Leila rated it really liked it.

Sure enough, carnivorous animals never grow fat consider wolves, jackals, birds of prey, crows, yhe. Cooking, the French believe, can lead to diplomatic success.

It is a pity this bird is so rare, that few others than physioology who live in the southern departments of France, know what it is. While it’s mostly about food– and how nice it is to drink a cup of coffee as Brillat-Savarin pontificates about coffee, or to enjoy a plate of pasta with truffles as he extols their virtues– it’s really something much deeper. 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.

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There should be a tried-to-read option. Just started, got through the 25 or so pp of prelim material – plan on hitting a chapter or so a night. Personally, I hated it. And in the end, I think I do. 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. Indeed, I began my re-reading with some footnotes, then went back to the text and once again fell under the spell, this time with a better appreciation of my debt to Fisher for her commentaries.


In brief, it’s the collected writings of the man who came to define gourmandism, and did so while weathering the excesses and disappointments of the French Revolution as an exile.

Apr 09, Kim rated it it was amazing. Nov 17, E. He the archetypal French philosophe: And for being completely wrong on Osmazone. An enjoyable book full of timeless ideas and bonmots to which one can relate even in the 21st century, e. And after Brillat-Savarin describes a turkey hunt in Connecticut she needs to tell her own turkey story, not leaving out details not only sartorial and osteological but also Sinological: His ;hysiology in the United States during the French Revolution resulted swvarin a funny and informative treatise on the turkey worth a physiologj.

Use the best ingredients you can always, and especially when you have guests over. Fisher’s translation after a frustrating attempt to read the book in the original French which was rather futile for me due to both the extraordinary range of subjects and the stylistic conventions of the day. Perhaps we can sip that potion, even vicariously, in the slow reading of a few books like this one, and can feel ourselves encouraged and renewed by the knowledge that if Brillat-Savarin could outride the wild storms of revolution and intrigue and not let them trouble his digestion, as Balzac wrote of him, so in our way can we.

Brillat-Savarin is famous for his aphorism: There is a new introduction by Bill Buford, which brilliantly prepares readers for both the penetrating analysis and quirky diversions that make the book such a delicious feast each time it is read and you are sure to read it more than once. This is a very entertaining book. The Everyman’s edition is well-bound, elegantly typeset and a joy to read. And only in France would a chef kill himself over a culinary failure: He inserts entire chapters on things that have nothing to do with food—rest, death, and so forth.


Nov 03, Timothy Ball rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. He studied law, chemistry and medicine in Dijon in his early years and thereafter practiced physuology in his hometown. Brillat-Savarin would have probably brillag a better dinner companion than author.

Account Options Sign in. Some, however, may be able to enjoy his foibles as physiollogy expression of an entertaining personality. Brillat-Savarin made famous the aphorism, “Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are. A bit long-winded at times, but overall, a fantastic book. I feel like I’m rummaging through savarih private trove of letters between Brillat-Savarin and Fisher, oc learning to see a complete man through the love of this woman for hpysiology.

The Physiology of Taste

Were the beccafico as large as a pheasant, an acre of land would be paid for it. Herbivorous animals do not grow fat easily, at least until age has reduced them to a state of inactivity; but they fatten very quickly as soon as they begin to be fed on potatoes, grain, or any kind of flour.

Fisher, who translated this edition.

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