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 October 22, 2018
“Judge, if you truly are what you eat, then I am an innocent man”

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. 

A cannibal joke was posted on Twitter by Truckstop Vigilante on December 18, 2014:

“Yes, judge I do have something to say. If you truly are what you eat then I am an innocent man. Thank you.”

The joke has been printed on several images.


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
Truckstop Vigilante
@BRENTHOR
Yes, judge I do have something to say. If you truly are what you eat then I am an innocent man. Thank you.
12:38 PM - 18 Dec 2014

Twitter
Dylan Compton
@DylanCrompton
Yes your honour, I do have something to say.
If you truly are what you eat, than I am an innocent man. Thank you.
7:16 PM - 8 Apr 2015

Twitter
Jagjit
@JustThatSikhBoy
If you are what you eat your honour then I am an innocent man.
*Hannibal Lector leads the standing ovation*
8:08 AM - 9 Apr 2015

Reddit—Jokes
Your honor, I have one last thing to say:
submitted April 16, 2018 by Neo1223
If you are what you eat, then I am an innocent man.

Reddit—Oneliners
Yes, judge I do have something to say, if you truly are what you eat then I am an innocent man.
submitted May 4, 2018 by SamwiseGamgeeTheFagg

Reddit—Jokes
Yes, judge I do have something to say
submitted October 23, 2018 by TheTrebuchetIsSprior
If you truly are what you eat, then I am an innocent man

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, October 22, 2018 • Permalink