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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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Courier Corporation- Cooking – pages. This is a very entertaining book. First published in France in and continuously in print ever since, The Physiology of Taste is a historical, philosophical, and ultimately Epicurean collection of recipes, reflections, and anecdotes on everything and anything gastronomical. View all 3 comments. The Physiology of Taste Dover cookbooks Liveright paperbound edition.

All through it, Fisher helps to translate into mid-twentieth-century terms the material within, and draws on her own experiences, sometimes in pursuit of her understanding of Brillat-Savarin, to give us a more full picture of the man. To the French, the sequence of dishes w wines is as important as the notes that follow on a music sheet. Faste The Physiology of Taste A delightful and hilarious classic about the joys of the table, The Physiology of Taste is the most famous book about food ever written.

The way this book is written gave me many chuckles and to see how ideals of bodies have changed over time. Brillat-Savarin, as a man of the Enlightenment, was interested in formulating a theory of gastronomy that also allowed for ramblings and musings about sleep, dreams, death, medicine Here, you might think, is lhysiology book about food, but to say that is to miss the point entirely. It’s a classic, and so ingrained in our culture that it would be silly to do so, almost like critiquing “Hamlet” by Davarin S.

He also repeatedly tells long stories about his personal exploits—outsmarting some Englishmen at a drinking game, getting himself invited to a dinner where no one knew him, and so forth.


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In a series of meditations that owe something to Montaigne ‘s Essays, and have the discursive rhythm of an age of leisured reading and a confident pursuit of educated pleasures, Brillat-Savarin discourses on the pleasures of the table, which he considers a science. Brillat-Savarin, as a man of the Enlightenment, was interested in formulating a theory of gastronomy that also allowed for ramblings and musings about sleep, dreams, death, medicine, etc.

Trudging through the chapters was similar to a tortuous dinner date. Apr 09, Kim rated it it was amazing. Feels simulataneously like a So far, this book has been witty in that way that words themselves used to have wit. His reputation was revitalized among modern gastronomes in many parts of the world, by his influence over Chairman Kaga of the TV series ” Iron Chef ” which introduced taate millions to his famous aphorism: This wonderful book is about the love of food and I am so thankful for all it has done for us.

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Nov 14, Petter Olsson rated it it was amazing. Trivia About The Physiology of 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. View all 7 comments. The gourmet, it is said, merges the aesthetic w the pragmatic, and is usually a humanist. Foodies, Philosophers and historians. This is an incredibly engaging and humorous book that introduced the concept of the gourmand to the world.

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. There really is no way someone in this day and age can review this book.

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

View all 6 comments. Inat the opening of the French Revolutionhe was sent as a deputy to the Estates-General that soon became the National Constituent Assemblysvarin he acquired some limited fame, particularly for a public speech in defense of capital punishment. Certainly he would not have had access to all the health information we now brrillat instance, he thought sugar was extremely healthy.


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. He’s quite a writer and has plenty of interesting phrases.

This attitude was part of what irritated me—Brillot-Savarin comes off as rather vain. Roots of the Atkins diet. Inat the opening of the French Revolution, he was s Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarina French lawyer and politician, and gained fame as an epicure and gastronome.

As she ends her final gloss: Let a man rest or sleep or dream: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Each chapter was a joyful new world of unheard-of creativity and adventure. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. And likewise, it’s a totally idiosyncratic book, filled with brilllat of genius, and which preserves a bygone way of reaching “knowledge,” whatever that may be.

The Physiology of Taste

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. In short, this book is an early look at western cookery and ingredients that were relatively new to the scene – coffee, chocolate, sugar, New World birds, etc. It’s much more entertaining if you have David Suchet’s portrayal of the character in your head as the author’s voice Brillat-Savarin can, with just his words, evoke the pleasure of tasting a nicely roast bird, or the complex satisfactions of butter, or the awed disgust at some of history’s most violent and eager over-eaters.