Archive for January 3rd, 2008

Brillat-Savarin

Immature. But which hawk? Sharp-shinned?

Impulse led me to check the Internet Archive to see if Brillat-Savarin’s oft-mentioned 1826 (I think) work, Physiologie du goût (The Physiology of Taste) was there—and it was!

Deep within the text I found a couple of jokes (adapted by me):

Hey, have a raisin.

No, thanks. I don’t like wine in pills.

That cracked me up. Here’s another:

Monsieur (said an old marquise to me one day), which do you prefer: Burgundy or Bordeaux?

Madame (I replied), I have such a passion for contemplating this matter that I always postpone the decision for a week!