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  • Published: 15 October 2009
  • ISBN: 9781841593142
  • Imprint: Everyman
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 490
  • RRP: $29.99

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."

Brillat - Savarin's unique, exuberant collection of dishes, experiences, reflections, history and philosophy raised gastronomy to an art form. First published in France in 1825, this remarkable book reflected a new era in French cuisine: the advent of the restaurant, which gave the bourgeoisie the opportunity to select their dishes with precision and anticipation. Yet the author also gives his views on taste, diet and maintaining a healthy weight, on digestion, sleep, dreams and being a gourmand. Witty, shrewd and anecdotal, The Physiology of Taste not only contains some remarkable recipes, it an elegant argument for the pleasures of good food and a hearty appetite.

  • Published: 15 October 2009
  • ISBN: 9781841593142
  • Imprint: Everyman
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 490
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

(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.

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