The Wisdom of Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

 Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin’s  great work “The Physiology of Taste” is quite simply a must-read for anyone who takes the subject of food seriously. It is available to read over at Project Gutenberg here.

Brillat-Savarin penned perhaps 2 of the most often quoted lines about food in the history of gastronomy, namely…


“The discovery of a new dish confers more happiness on humanity than the discovery of a new star.”



“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.”


He was also one of the first people to recognise the twin evils of flour and sugar – consider this observation from “The Physiology of Taste”…

“Sure enough, carnivorous animals never grow fat (consider wolves, jackals, birds of prey, crows, etc.). Herbivorous animals do not grow fat easily, at least until age has reduced them to a state of inactivity; but they fatten very quickly as soon as they begin to be fed on potatoes, grain, or any kind of flour. … The second of the chief causes of obesity is the floury and starchy substances which man makes the prime ingredients of his daily nourishment. 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.”


Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin – the Godfather of Paleo…!

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