Educated in Dijon where he studied law, chemistry and medicine, Brillat-Savarin practiced law in Belley until 1789 when he was sent as a deputy to the Estates-General. Often outspoken, he soon had a bounty on his head and escaped first to Switzerland and Holland and finally to the United States. There he taught violin and French for three years before returning to France. In 1797, he was appointed a magistrate; judge of the Court of Cassation, a position he held until his death. During his years as a judge he published numerous works on political economy and the law, bu it is his Physiology of Taste (1825), published just two months before his death, that remains his masterpiece. The ultimate gourmet, Savarin's work treats the subject as a science and is still widely read and esteemed today.
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The Physiology of Taste
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