from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A taste and relish for good food: "You could see the gourmandise shining on his rosy lips” ( Glenway Wescott).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To eat food in a gluttonous manner; to gorge; to make a pig of oneself.
  • n. gluttony


Middle English gromandise, gluttony, from Old French gormandise, from gormant, glutton.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • I HAVE looked through various dictionaries for the word gourmandise and have found no translation that suited me.

    The Physiology of Taste

  • The last holdover of the old way of thinking is the Catholic catechism, which keeps gluttony on its list of sins and indicates — by using the word gourmandise in the French version, and by defining sin in part as “a perverse attachment to certain goods” — that the original meaning of gluttony is to be understood.

    Hard to Swallow

  • To distinguish semantically between "gourmandise" in its proper application ( "la gourmandise proprement dite") and the common understanding of "gourmandise" as gluttony one must partake in the gourmand's powers of discrimination — unlike the lexicographers, but quintessentially like Savarin, whose prose, in portraying the gourmand's enjoyment of his expertise, takes pleasure it itself.

    Economies of Excess in Brillat-Savarin, Balzac, and Baudelaire

  • Before becoming a literary sensation in 2007, Barbery had published Une gourmandise (to be published in 2009 by Europa Editions), a novel that was awarded the Bacchus-Bsn Prize.

    An Interview with Muriel Barbery by Viviana Musumeci, April 15 2008

  • Her first book, Une gourmandise, has been translated into twelve languages.

    Muriel Barbery biography

  • "Ils ont oublié, complètement oublié, la gourmandise sociale, qui réunit l'élégance athénienne, le luxe romaine et la délicatesse française, qui dispose avec sagacité, fait exécuter savamment, savoure avec énergie, et juge avec profondeur [...]"

    Notes on 'Economies of Excess in Brillat-Savarin, Balzac, and Baudelaire'

  • C n'est qu'une confusion perpetuelle de la gourmandise proprement dite avec la gloutonnerie et la voracité: d'où j'ai conclu que les lexicographes, quoique très-estimables d'ailleurs, ne sont pas de ces savants aimables qui embouchent avec grace une aile de perdrix au suprême pour l'arroser, le petit doigt en l'air, d'un verre de vin de Laffitte ou de clos Vougeout.

    Notes on 'Economies of Excess in Brillat-Savarin, Balzac, and Baudelaire'

  • Brillat-Savarin, Balzac clearly understood his wish to divorce the theory and practice of the higher gourmandise from any association with waste and excess, though he also seems to have found it difficult to honor that wish straightforwardly.

    Economies of Excess in Brillat-Savarin, Balzac, and Baudelaire

  • Just as its practice is reflexive, the discourse of gourmandise is characteristically the self-savoring discourse of the initiate, an expansion into the arena of linguistic performance — the realm of knowledge proper — of the specifically reflective pleasure that distinguishes the gourmand's experience of eating.

    Economies of Excess in Brillat-Savarin, Balzac, and Baudelaire

  • There is a perpetual confusion of gourmandise properly speaking with gluttony and voracity: from which I conclude that the lexicographers, however worthy otherwise, are not among those amiable savants who nibble with grace a wing of partridge au suprême and then wash it down, pinky raised, with a glass of Laffitte or clos

    Economies of Excess in Brillat-Savarin, Balzac, and Baudelaire


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  • She remembered Mrs. Melville clutching excitedly at her arm as she turned her face away from the west, where a tiny darkness of banked clouds had succeeded flames, round which little rounded golden cloudlets thronged like Cupids round a celestial bonfire, and crying in a tone of gourmandise, "I would go anywhere for a good sunset!"

    - Rebecca West, The Judge

    July 29, 2009