"ARE WOMEN GOURMANDS?
The penchant of the fair sex for gourmandise is not unlike instinct; for gourmandise is favorable to beauty. A series of exact and rigorous examinations, has shown that a succulent and delicate person on careful diet, keeps the appearance of old age long absent. It makes the eyes more brilliant, and the color more fresh. It makes the muscles stronger, and as the depression of the muscles causes wrinkles, those terrible enemies of beauty, it is true that other things being equal, those who know how to eat, are ten years younger than those ignorant of that science. Painters and sculptors are well aware of this, for they never represent those to whom abstinence is a matter of duty, such as anchorites and misers, except as pale, thin, and wrinkled.
THE EFFECTS OF GOURMANDISE ON SOCIABILITY.
Gourmandise is one of the principle bonds of society. It gradually extends that spirit of conviviality, which every day unites different professions, mingles them together, and diminishes the angles of conviviality. This it is, which induces every amphitryon to receive his guests well, and also excites the gratitude of the latter when they see themselves well taken care of: here is the place to reprobate those stupid masticators, who with the most guilty indifference to the greatest luxuries, and who with sacrilegious indifference inhale the odorous perfume of nectar.
GENERAL LAW.--Every display of high intelligence, makes explicit praise necessary. Delicate praise is necessary, wherever a wish to please is evident. "
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste, 1825
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