Almanach des gourmands, ou calendrier nutrif, servant de guide dans les moyens de faire excellente chere... -
Alexandre Balthazar Laurent Grimod de la Reynière
1803 to 1808 - Imprimerie de Cellot, Paris - Volume I & II, second editions, III-VI first editions.
The first six years of the world’s first serially published food journal by the first public critic of cooking and the first reviewer of the ambitious restaurants that cropped up in Paris in the later eighteenth century and flowered under the Napoleonic regime. Grimod’s name is a by-word on a par with Brillat-Savarin and an equally rich source of quotations in French gastronomic literature through the eight volumes of his annual Almanach des gourmands, which he edited and published each year from 1803 to 1812 (with the exception of 1809 when no Almanach was produced). Gourmand still retained its sense of "gluttony", one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and Grimod's choice of the word, when "friand" more usually connoted a connoisseur of fine food and wine, was a conscious one and wholly in character; gourmand and gourmet first achieved their pleasant modern connotations in Grimod's Almanachs, which, among other innovations, were the first restaurant guides.
‘If many of the shops and restaurants described by Grimod de la Reynière no longer exist, his ‘Calendrier nutritif,’ (nutritional calendar), remains as relevant as when it was written just over two hundred years ago’. - Carolin C. Young.
Prettily bound to style, each volume with copper plate engraved frontispiece, each with a full-page explanation and commentary on its significance for gourmands.