Proust was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer
I like reading science books on occasion. Not text books, but books on a subject, like Dava Sobel’s Longitude.
Proust… wasn’t of my chosing–it was assigned reading. But I’m glad that it was.
Lehrer examines eight different artists from turn of the century Paris and how their works preexamined (not the right word) ideas that neuroscientists are working on, such as how we taste (Escoffier), and how we process grammar (Gertrude Stein).
My favorite chapter was the one on Escoffier, the creator of the cookbook and (for all intents and purposes) what we think of as French cooking. Of course, I was also watching a Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations marathon before and after finishing this section!
If you want a good, entertaining and educating read, this is the book for you.