A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 16, 2018
“They say you are what you eat. Today I bought some ready to eat chicken…”

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), in the book Physiologie du Gout (1825), wrote “Tell me what you eat, and I shall tell you what you are,” often interpreted as “you are what you eat.” This was figurative and not meant literally; one does not become an apple or a donut or a “skinny person” by eating such things. 

“They say ‘you are what you eat’ and I completely agree. When I bought ‘Ready to eat chicken’ funnily enough, I was ‘Ready to eat chicken’” was posted on Twitter by Adam Hunter Dawkins on February 2, 2016. “They say you are what you eat...today I bought some ready to eat chicken and sure enough I was ready to eat chicken” was posted on Reddit—Jokes on July 14, 2018.

“They say you are what you eat. I bought ready to eat apricots…” is a similar joke.


Wikiquote: Food
Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es. Tell me what you eat, and I shall tell you what you are.
. Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Physiologie du Gout (1825); tr. M. F. K. Fisher, The Physiology of Taste: Or Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy (1949)
. Variants:
..Der Mensch ist, was er ißt. Man is what he eats.
..Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach, Die Naturwißensschaft und die Revolution [Natural science and the revolution] (1850), repeated in Das Geheimnis des Opfers, ober der Mensch ist was er ißt [The mystery of sacrifice, or man is what he eats] (1862)
..You are what you eat.
..Victor Lindlahr, You Are What You Eat: how to win and keep health with diet (1942)

Twitter
Adam Hunter Dawkins 🔌
@Adz_Dawkins
They say ‘you are what you eat’ and I completely agree.
When I bought ‘Ready to eat chicken’ funnily enough, I was ‘Ready to eat chicken’
9:29 AM - 2 Feb 2016

Twitter
Lionel Hutz, attourney at law 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
@callum_ogilvie
They say you are what you eat, and it’s true because when I opened these Ready to Eat Chicken Fillets, I was ready to eat chicken fillets.
3:47 PM - 4 Dec 2017

Twitter
Tarquin 🌽 🍌
@Alfie_B_17
They say „you are what you eat“ and at this point I was „ready to eat“ chicken bites
8:46 PM - 17 Feb 2018

Reddit—Jokes
They say you are what you eat…
submitted July 14, 2018 by The_Bearded_Doctor
today I bought some ready to eat chicken and sure enough I was ready to eat chicken.

Twitter
TheGirlMichael
@thegirlmichael
They say you are what you eat.
I bought some ready to eat chicken and sure enough, I was ready to eat chicken!
5:02 PM - 14 Jul 2018

Twitter
Mr. Drinks On Me
@Mr_DrinksOnMe
They say you are what you eat. Today I bought some ready to eat chicken and sure enough I was ready to eat chicken.
6:52 AM - 15 Jul 2018

LaffGaff
By laffgaff July 17, 2018
You Are What You Eat Joke
They say you are what you eat…
Today I bought some ready to eat chicken and sure enough, I was ready to eat chicken.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, July 16, 2018 • Permalink


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