Educated Tastes: Food, Drink, and Connoisseur Culture

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Chapter Ten
Lionizing Taste

Toward an Ecology of Contemporary Connoisseurship


In 1875 a special banquet was prepared at the famed restaurant Magny in Paris. Hosted by the editor of the hunters’ journal La Chasse Illustrée, it featured two dishes that today may well strike the reader as bizarre if not horrifying: an estouffade of lion haunch à la Méridionale and the great beast’s heart, prepared à la Castellane.1 While hunters have traditionally viewed their prey much in the same way as headhunters have viewed theirs, as a trophy to be consumed in triumph, the final all-conquering act, gourmets, epicures, and connoisseurs have tended to appreciate food gastronomically; which is to say, solely on its culinary and gustatory merits. No doubt there were a few gastronomic connoisseurs present on that night, and apparently, again according to the reports, the dishes of lion were well enjoyed. As hard a concept as this may be to stomach, particularly for today’s ethical eater, the consumption of lion and gourmandise are not mutually exclusive notions. To be reminded that this is the case we need only think of the predilections of those whose taste gravitates toward the farthest shores of gastronomy (in one current incarnation this goes by the name of “extreme cuisine”), and which underlines the more general point that humans can and


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