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

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Entry from June 13, 2020
“‘You are what you eat.’ I don’t remember eating a huge disappointment”

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. 

“‘You are what you eat.’ I don’t remember eating a big/huge/massive disappointment” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many images. “They say you are what you eat but I don’t remember eating a disappointment” was posted on Twitter by Brynn Diesel on June 10, 2013. “‘You are what you eat’ I don’t remember eating a disappointment” was posted on Twitter by bianca..♧ on October 3, 2013.

“badman300: ‘you are what you eat’ i don’t remember eating a huge disappointment … http://tmblr.co/ZyCjXytTL9i0” was posted on Twitter by “damn, shawty, ok!” on August 27, 2013.

“‘You are what you eat’ I don’t remember eating a big disappointment” was posted on Twitter by hannahrosee on August 28, 2013.

“‘You are what you eat’ I don’t remember eating a massive disappointment” was posted on Twitter by Rob on December 17, 2013. 


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
Brynn Diesel
@brynnvassallo
They say you are what you eat but I don’t remember eating a disappointment
3:12 PM · Jun 10, 2013·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
damn, shawty, ok!
@DemNuhEasy
badman300: “you are what you eat” i don’t remember eating a huge disappointment … http://tmblr.co/ZyCjXytTL9i0
11:16 PM · Aug 27, 2013·Tumblr on iOS

Twitter
Josie C
@Cattythespy
badman300: “you are what you eat” i don’t remember eating a huge disappointment http://tmblr.co/Z58tEytTwOr_
12:00 AM · Aug 28, 2013·Tumblr

Twitter
hannahrosee
@hlambrecht11
“You are what you eat” I don’t remember eating a big disappointment
8:26 PM · Aug 29, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Teylor
@tlmcc512
“You are what you eat”
oh yeah? Well I don’t remember eating a big disappointment
11:33 PM · Aug 29, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
bianca..♧
@Mahones_Secret
“You are what you eat” I don’t remember eating a disappointment
2:14 PM · Oct 3, 2013·Twitter for BlackBerry®

Twitter
Röb
@Rob_jord_xo
“You are what you eat”
I don’t remember eating a massive disappointment
4:26 PM · Dec 17, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
frejaLollipop
@FrejaJones
Replying to @Rob_jord_xo
“@OmgitsF4T4SS: “You are what you eat”
I don’t remember eating a massive disappointment”
4:27 PM · Dec 17, 2013 from Wyre Forest, England·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
halloween queen | #blm
@ToriBeth_10
“you are what you eat” funny i don’t remember eating a huge disappointment to my friends and family
11:07 AM · Jul 29, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/mcguanlao13 July 15, 2017
They say you are what you eat
I don’t remember eating a big disappointment

Twitter
Calhoun Ghost
@GhostCalhoun
They say you are what you eat, but I don’t remember eating a disappointment to my friends and family
3:34 PM · Aug 9, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Aisha || Elsa’s tax fraud
@Elsa_Maren
Olaf: if we are what we eat and I can’t technically eat, does that means that I am nothingness?
Anna: Interesting, I don’t remember eating that many cutie pies
Elsa: I don’t remember eating a huge disappointment either.
6:26 AM · Feb 9, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Pakalu Papito
@pakalupapitow
u r what u eat
i don’t remember eating a huge disappointment
9:14 AM · Feb 22, 2020·Twitter Web App

Twitter
James Marriott
@JamesMarriottYT
They say you are what you eat but I don’t remember eating a disappointment to my family
9:55 AM · Jun 12, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Qais
@7lvme
“you are what you eat”
but i don’t remember eating a huge disappointment
2:00 PM · Sep 3, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—3amjokes
Posted by u/VERBERD September 4, 2020
They say you’re what you eat.....
I don’t remember eating a massive disappointment…

Posted by Barry Popik
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