Brillat-Savarin was a man who knew his food and the effect it has on those of us who appreciate the finer things on our lips and in our mouths.
“Gourmandise is favourable to beauty… it gives more brilliancy to the eyes, more freshness to the skin, more support to the muscles… it is equally true to say that those who understand eating are comparatively ten years younger than those who are strangers to this science. Artists are well aware of this, for they always portray those who starve themselves as sunken cheeked, craggy necked and altogether decrepit. Such a person was Napoleon, who was irregular in his meals and ate fast and carelessly. As a result he lost the Battles of Borodino and Leipzig.
Those predisposed to epicurism are for the most part of middling height, broad faced, bright eyed with small foreheads, short noses, fleshy lips and rounded chins. Those to whom nature has denied an aptitude for the enjoyment of taste are long faced, long nosed with dark lanky hair. It was one of them who invented trousers.”
read about Bunny Roger here
Brillat-Savarin had a sister who was also a gourmet and who outlived him. She died on her hundredth birthday after enjoying a delightful dinner and calling loudly for more dessert.
hairball extracted from woman’s stomach found here