Meet the Original Food Snobs

No food snob should leave home without it.Photo courtesy Doubleday Publishing

Slates Sara Dickerman has a great piece this week about the Founding Fathers of food snobbery the short library of books that real food snobs draw on, as opposed to the quick studies who are buying David Kamps The Food Snobs Dictionary like hotcakes this holiday season. We applaud Dickerman for including not only the big, unwieldy references like Harold McGees On Food and Cooking and Grub Street guru Herv Thiss Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring the Science of Flavor, but also the classic crackpot treatises like Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarins 1825The Physiology of Taste and Alexandre Balthazar Laurent Grimod de la Reynires Gourmands Almanac (180312). Those great gastronomes of yore were the first and best food snobs, and todays aspirants would do well to go back to the source.

Hey, Fromage Obsessive [Slate]
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