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 The Physiology of Taste - Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

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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.

About The Author

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826) was a French lawyer and politician, whose book, The Physiology of Taste, published in 1825, is still inspiring chefs and food enthusiasts alike, particularly through his essay 'On Gourmandism'. It contains some of the most famous dinner table witticisms and aphorisms in history, including ‘Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.’

Aphorisms of the Professorp. 3
The Translator's Glossesp. 4
Dialogue Between the Author and His Friendp. 6
The Translator's Glossesp. 11
A Biography of Dr. Richerandp. 14
The Translator's Glossesp. 18
The Author's Prefacep. 20
The Translator's Glossesp. 25
On the Senses
Number of Sensesp. 27
The Use of the Sensesp. 28
The Improvement of the Sensesp. 29
The Power of Tastep. 32
Reasons for the Action of the Sensesp. 32
Definition of Tastep. 34
The Operation of Tastep. 35
The Sensation of Tastep. 37
The Tastesp. 38
Influence of Smell on Tastep. 39
Analysis of the Sensation of Tastingp. 40
Order of the Various Impressions of Tastep. 41
Pleasures Caused by Tastep. 42
The Supremacy of Manp. 43
Plan Adopted by the Authorp. 45
The Translator's Glossesp. 47
On Gastronomy
The Origin of Sciencesp. 49
Origin of Gastronomyp. 50
Definition of Gastronomyp. 51
Various Concerns of Gastronomyp. 52
Advantages of Gastronomical Knowledgep. 53
Influence of Gastronomy on Businessp. 54
An Academy of Gastronomersp. 54
The Translator's Glossesp. 55
On Appetite
Definition of Appetitep. 57
Anecdotep. 58
Mighty Appetitesp. 60
The Translator's Glossesp. 63
On Food in General
Definitionsp. 65
Analytical Processp. 65
Osmazomep. 66
Elements of Foodp. 67
Vegetable Worldp. 68
Difference Between Fasting and Feastingp. 70
Specific Instancep. 70
The Translator's Glossesp. 72
On Food in General
Special Foodsp. 75
Pot-au-feu, Soup, etc.p. 76
Bouillip. 76
Poultryp. 77
Turkeysp. 78
Turkey Loversp. 79
Financial Influence of the Turkeyp. 80
Exploit of the Professorp. 81
Gamep. 85
Fishp. 88
Anecdotep. 89
Muria--Garump. 90
Philosophical Reflectionp. 93
Trufflesp. 93
The Erotic Properties of Trufflesp. 94
Are Truffles Indigestible?p. 97
Sugarp. 99
Indigenous Sugarp. 100
Various Uses of Sugarp. 102
Origin of Coffeep. 104
Different Ways of Making Coffeep. 105
Effects of Coffeep. 106
Chocolate and Its Originsp. 108
Properties of Chocolatep. 110
Difficulties in Making Good Chocolatep. 112
Official Way of Making Chocolatep. 114
The Translator's Glossesp. 115
Theory of Frying
Theory of Fryingp. 127
Sermonp. 128
Chemistryp. 128
Application of Theoryp. 129
The Translator's Glossesp. 131
On Thirst
Thirstp. 133
Differing Kinds of Thirstp. 134
Causes of Thirstp. 136
Examplep. 137
On Drinks
Waterp. 140
Prompt Effect of Drinksp. 140
Strong Drinksp. 141
The End of the World
The End of the Worldp. 144
The Translator's Glossesp. 146
On Gourmandism
Definitionsp. 147
Advantages of Gourmandismp. 148
More Advantagesp. 149
Powers of Gourmandismp. 149
Portrait of a Pretty Gourmandep. 151
Anecdotep. 152
Women Are Gourmandesp. 152
Effects of Gourmandism on Sociabilityp. 153
Influence of Gourmandism on Wedded Happinessp. 153
Note of a Patriotic Gastronomerp. 156
The Translator's Glossesp. 156
On Gourmands
Gourmandsp. 159
Napoleonp. 159
Predestined Gourmandsp. 160
Sensual Predestinationp. 160
Anecdotep. 162
Gourmands by Professionp. 163
The Bankersp. 163
The Doctorsp. 164
Admonitionp. 165
The Writersp. 167
The Devoutp. 168
Chevaliers and Abbesp. 169
Inevitable Longevity of Gourmandsp. 170
The Translator's Glossesp. 172
On Gastronomical Tests
Gastronomical Testsp. 173
First Seriesp. 175
Second Seriesp. 176
Third Seriesp. 176
General Surveyp. 177
The Translator's Glossesp. 178
On the Pleasures of the Table
The Pleasures of the Tablep. 180
Origin of the Pleasures of the Tablep. 181
Difference between the Pleasure of Eating and the Pleasures of the Tablep. 182
Effectsp. 182
Artificial Embellishmentsp. 183
Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuriesp. 184
Sketchp. 185
The Translator's Glossesp. 191
On Hunting-Luncheons
Hunting-Luncheonsp. 195
The Ladiesp. 197
The Translator's Glossesp. 199
On Digestion
Digestionp. 200
Ingestionp. 200
The Function of the Stomachp. 202
Influence of Digestionp. 204
The Translator's Glossesp. 207
On Rest
Restp. 209
Time for Reposep. 211
On Sleep
Sleepp. 213
Definitionp. 213
The Translator's Glossesp. 215
On Dreams
Dreamsp. 217
Research Necessaryp. 218
Nature of Dreamsp. 219
Dr. Gall's Systemp. 219
First Observationp. 220
Second Observationp. 221
Conclusionp. 222
Influence of Agep. 222
Phenomena of Dreamsp. 223
First Observationp. 223
Second Observationp. 223
Third Observationp. 224
The Translator's Glossesp. 227
On the Influence of Diet
The Influence of Diet upon Repose, Sleep, and Dreamsp. 229
Effects of Diet on Laborp. 229
About Dreamsp. 231
Continuationp. 231
Resultp. 232
The Translator's Glossesp. 233
On Obesity
Obesityp. 236
Causes of Obesityp. 240
Continuationp. 241
Continuationp. 241
Anecdotep. 242
Inconveniences of Obesityp. 243
Examples of Obesityp. 244
The Translator's Glossesp. 246
On the Treatment of Obesity
Preventative or Curative Treatment of Obesityp. 248
Generalitiesp. 249
Further Outline of Dietp. 252
Dangers of Acidsp. 253
The Antifat Beltp. 255
About Quininep. 256
The Translator's Glossesp. 257
On Thinness
Definitionp. 260
Kindsp. 260
Effects of Thinnessp. 260
Natural Predestinationp. 261
A Fattening Dietp. 262
The Translator's Glossesp. 264
On Fasting
Origin of Fastingp. 265
How We Used to Fastp. 266
The Beginnings of Laxness in Fastingp. 268
The Translator's Glossesp. 270
On Exhaustion
Exhaustionp. 271
Treatmentp. 271
A Cure Performed by the Professorp. 272
The Translator's Glossesp. 274
On Death
Deathp. 275
The Translator's Glossesp. 278
On Cooking
Philosophical History of Cookingp. 279
Alimentary Progressp. 280
Discovery of Firep. 281
Cookingp. 282
Feasts of the Orientals--of the Greeksp. 284
Roman Banquetingp. 286
The Second Coming of Lucullusp. 289
Lectisternium et Incubitatiump. 290
Poetryp. 292
Barbarian Invasionp. 293
Periods of Louis XIV and Louis XVp. 296
Louis XVIp. 299
Ameliorations from the Point of View of Artp. 299
Final Refinementsp. 301
The Translator's Glossesp. 302
On Restaurateurs
Restaurateursp. 309
Originp. 309
Advantages of Restaurantsp. 311
Examination of a Restaurantp. 311
Inconveniencesp. 313
Competitionp. 313
Prix-Fixe Restaurantsp. 314
Beauvilliersp. 315
The Gastronomer in a Good Restaurantp. 316
The Translator's Glossesp. 317
Classical Gourmandism in Action
The Story of M. De Borosep. 321
Retinue of an Heiressp. 331
The Translator's Glossesp. 331
Bouquet
Gastronomical Mythologyp. 333
The Translator's Glossesp. 338
Transitionp. 343
The Translator's Glossesp. 345
Varieties
The Cure's Omeletp. 346
Preparation of a Tuna Omeletp. 349
Theoretical Notes on the Preparation of This Dishp. 349
Eggs in Meat Juicep. 350
National Victoryp. 351
Ablutionsp. 355
Mystification of the Professor and Defeat of a Generalp. 356
The Dish of Eelp. 359
The Asparagusp. 361
The Trapp. 362
The Turbotp. 365
Some Restorative Remedies by the Professor Improvised for the Case Described in Meditation 25p. 369
The Pullet of Bressep. 372
The Pheasantp. 374
Gastronomical Industry of the Exilesp. 377
More Memories of Exilep. 379
The Weaverp. 379
The Famished Gluttonp. 381
The Silver Lionp. 382
Stay in Americap. 382
A Battlep. 383
The Bundle of Asparagusp. 386
About Fonduep. 387
Recipe for Fonduep. 388
Disappointmentp. 388
Marvelous Effects of a Classical Dinnerp. 389
Effects and Dangers of Strong Liquorsp. 390
The Chevaliers and the Abbotsp. 391
Miscellaneap. 393
A Day with the Monks of Saint Bernardp. 394
Traveler's Luckp. 399
Songs
Song of Demochares at the Feast of Deniasp. 405
Songp. 406
To Maynardp. 407
The Choice of Sciencesp. 409
Impromptup. 410
The Deathbed: Physiological Balladep. 410
Monsieur H . . . de P . . .p. 411
Useful Hintsp. 412
Privations: An Historical Elegyp. 414
The Translator's Glossesp. 416
Parting Salute to the Gastronomers of the Old and New Worldsp. 439
A Postscript from the Translatorp. 441
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ISBN: 9780140446142
ISBN-10: 0140446141
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 2nd March 1994
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.29