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Grimod de la Reynière (1758–1837)

Grimod de la Reynière (grē-mō’ dė lä rān-yār’). A French wit and authority on gastronomy; born in Paris, Nov. 20, 1758; died at Villiers-sur-Orge, Dec. 25, 1837. The biting venom of his wit, added to a grotesque hideousness of aspect, made him renowned. His celebrity was heightened by the eccentricities of his costly and delicious banquets. ‘Reflections on Pleasure,’ ‘The Philosophical Lorgnette,’ and ‘The Almanac of Gourmands,’ are in the number of his literary extravagances.