Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.–Voltaire
François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire was born into a middle class family in Paris in 1694. He is perhaps the very embodiment of the Enlightenment, serving as a crusader against tyranny and bigotry on the part of the Catholic church as well as government and society, as a result of which he spent time in the Bastille prison and in exile in England, Holland and Geneva. He is best known for his book Candide, a scathing view of humanity, where he concludes the best one can do in life is, “Il faut cultiver notre jardin,” i.e. look after your own garden. He died in 1778.