Brillat-Savarin, Jean-Anthèlme

LAWYER, JUDGE, GASTRONOME (FRANCE)
BORN 1 Apr 1755, Belley, Ain - DIED 2 Feb 1826, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 28, ligne 01, Q, 27)

Jean-Anthèlme Brillat-Savarin was born into a family of lawyers. He studied chemistry, law and medicin in Dijon and practiced law. During the French Revolution he was a deputy in Paris and he attracted attention by defending capital punishment. After a bounty was placed on him he fled to Switzerland. He travelled on to the Netherlands and to the USA, where he stayed for three years and taught French as well as the violin. He also worked as a violinist at the Park Theater in New York City.

In 1797 he returend to France where he became a judge of the Court of Cassation. He held this position for the rest of his life. He is best known for his treatise "Physiologie du goût" that was published two months before his death. He is considered to be the first proponent of a low-carbohydrate diet.

Images

The grave of Jean-Anthèlme Brillat-Savarin at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (02 Nov 2018)

 

Sources
• Culbertson, Judi & Tom Randall, Permanent Parisians, Robson Books, London, 1991
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin - Wikipedia


Brioschi, Francesco

Published: 4 Oct 2020
Last update: 4 Oct 2020