Thursday, February 01, 2007

Brillat-Savarin Post #1

I love the writing of the French Philosopher of the Kitchen, Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826). He was born in the town of Belley, France, where he was elected mayor in 1793. The outbreak of the Revolution drove him abroad to Switzerland and then to New York, where he earned his living giving French lessons and playing in the orchestra of the New York Theater. In 1796 he returned to France. He was great gourmand and chef in practice and in theory. I want to post some of his aphorisms from time to time. Here are two:
1. The world is nothing without life, and all that lives takes nourishment.

2. Animals feed: man eats: only the man of intellect knows how to eat.

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