Saturday, April 28, 2012

Only a man of intelligence knows how to dine

Earlier this month, a food magazine interviewed me for Gastronommy asking the question, "Tell us why desserts are so important in this world."

I answered something to the effect of,
Desserts represent a special indulgence that only human beings really invest time in.  Some might consider it an evil form of gluttony, but if you think about it, it's a celebration of living beyond the most basic of necessities for survival.  Typically delicate and refined, dessert making is one of the many small things that separate us from animals.  But the best part is that desserts are an affordable luxury for anyone - everyday of their lives if they so choose.  And who doesn't like a happy ending?

Though a touch cliche, I thought I was otherwise pretty clever and oh so deep.  But a few weeks after that interview, I was reading Dining Out by Andre Dornenburg/Karen Page and saw this quote, "An animal swallows its food; a man eats it--but only a man of intelligence knows how to dine." 

Leave it to Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin to have put it much more succinctly.


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