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The inventor of the restaurant: an eighteenth century “type”

The bulk of what follows is based on:
Rebecca L. Spang, The Invention of the Restaurant: Paris and Modern Gastronomic Culture (Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 2000), 12-58.
Though Pierre Beaumarchais is best known for writing “the Barber of Seville” and “the Marriage of Figaro”, he began as a brilliant watchmaker. He would later help deliver supplies to the American rebels. Jean-Paul Marat wrote on philosophy, conducted experiments with electricity and was a successful doctor before becoming a revolutionary. A lesser known figure, Simon Henry Linguet, published history and translations before becoming an immensely successful lawyer and then an even more successful journalist. Along the way, he also invented one form of telegraph.
The eighteenth century, with its ferment of knowledge and invention, was full of such polymaths, figures whose restless minds and ambition took them between very different activities. One, Mathurin Roze de Chantoiseau, invented the restaurant.

If Mathuri…

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