Animals feed.
Man eats.
Only the man of intellect knows how to eat.

Tell me what you eat.
I will tell you what you are.

Gourmandism is an act of judgement,
by which we give preference to things which are agreeable to our taste
over those which are not.

To maintain that one wine may not be drunk after another is heresy.
A man's palate can be saturated,
and after the third glass the best of wines produces only a dull impression.

The mistress of the house must always see to it that the coffee is excellent,
and the master that the liqueurs are of the first quality.

The man who invites his friends to his table,
and fails to give his personal attention to the meal they are going to eat,
is unworthy to have any friends.


Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)

The Philosopher in the Kitchen