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Brillat-Savarin, Jean Anthelme

Born: 1755 AD
Died: 1826 AD
Nationality: French
Categories: Lawyers, Politician

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.