Chocoholics will be satisfied to know that "carefully prepared chocolate is as healthful a food as it is pleasant ... that it is above all helpful to people who must do a great deal of mental work...." He examines the erotic properties of the truffle ("the truffle is not a positive aphrodisiac; but it can, in certain situations, make women tenderer and men more agreeable"), the financial influence of the turkey (apparently quite a prize in 19th-century Paris), and the level of gourmandise among the various professions (bankers, doctors, writers, and men of faith are all predestined to love food). Just as engrossing as the text itself are M.F.K. Fisher's lively, personal glosses at the end of every chapter, which make up almost a quarter of the book. These two are soulmates separated by centuries, and Fisher's fondness for the Professor comes through on every page. As she notes at the end, "I have yet to be bored or offended, which is more than most women can say of any relationship, either ghostly or corporeal." --Rebecca A. Staffel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Overall, it is a great read for anyone interested in food science and culture.
This is a reprint edition of the original Heritage Press publication, in 1949, of M.F.K. Fisher's translation of Brillat-Savarin.
She captures the humor and poetry and makes it much more the book so many have read and loved.
The book was too small and I found it next to impossible to try to exchange it on Amazon for a larger print.
And decided I was stuck with it.
For anyone interested in the paleo or primal food movement this book provides essential historical background. A good read too._Published 8 months ago by Joe Green
those of use who love to read about and enjoy indulging in food need to read m.f. k. fishers' translation of this classic. Read morePublished 8 months ago by M. BEST
The Physiology of Taste, even in translation, is a quirky and personal view of the earliest principles in food science. Read morePublished 10 months ago by BucknellGuy24
I was very pleased by the condition of the book. Small bends and worn edges do not matter to me. I believe they give the book character. Read morePublished 11 months ago by James
I ordered a copy of this edition only because the one I had used previously was somehow mislaid or lent to someone who failed to return it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by J.P. Bary
The Amazon description of this book is misleading in that it purports to be translated by MFK Fisher. Read morePublished 13 months ago by RAND H.
The book is very poorly written, by which I mean, the translation from French to English is abominable. There are parts of the book that the translator chose not to translate! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Margaret Ann Johnson