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Brillat-Savarin, Jean Anthelme

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Born: 1755 AD
Died: 1826 AD, at 70 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Lawyers, Politician

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1755 - Born on April 1st in Belley, France.  French lawyer, politician, and author of a celebrated work on gastronomy, Physiologie du goût (“The Physiology of Taste”).

1789 - A deputy of the third estate at the States-General, he was forced to flee the country during the Terror and went to Switzerland and the United States.

         - During his emigration in New York, he supported himself by giving language lessons and playing violin in a New York theatre orchestra.

         - He introduced his newly made American friends to such things as French ices and fondue.

         - Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin has been revered as the greatest gastronome the world has ever known.

1793 - He became the mayor of Belley.

1796 - He returned to France.

1797 - Became a member of the court of cassation.

1825 - His greatest masterpiece was La Physiologie du gout Physiology of the Taste or Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendent which he published at his own expense.

         - His Physiologie du goût (The Physiology of Taste), an elegant and witty compendium of the art of dining, has been repeatedly republished and translated.

         - Brillat-Savarin also wrote The Handbook of Dining Corpulency and Leanness Scientifically Considered.

1826 - Died on February 2nd in Paris.

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