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Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

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(1755-1826) French lawyer, politician, Mayor of the town of Belley, and gastronome, who fled France during the Reign of Terror but returned to sit on France's highest court, where he remained for the rest of his life. He achieved fame through Physiologie du Gout (Physiology of taste). His name is given to a consomme, baba, and several other dishes.

Books by Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Physiology of Taste

Published in 1825 after some three decades of consuming research, The Physiology of Taste is the most famous book ever written about food. It remains among the most comprehensive, stimulating, and just plain enjoyable works ever published on the subject of the senses and their pleasures. In a work spiced with style and wisdom, Brillat-Savarin declares that "Animals feed themselves; men eat; but only wise men know the art of eating."

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