This chapter introduces Paris as a city which fascinated people interested in food and explores eating as an aspect of everyday life. It tackles the history of food in the 18th century. This book discusses contemporary debates over eating, food, and cuisine. It seeks to explain how learned individuals lay claim to a state of enlightenment and challenges the claims of others to be learned. In addition, it contributes to the understanding of how 18th-century chemistry developed into the principal science of material life.
Keywords: Paris, eating, cosmopolitanism, nouvelle cuisine, connoisseurship, 18th-century chemistry, iconoclasm, eating