French author (1799-1850). Balzac would lock himself away during creative bursts, drinking coffee and eating fruit. When he finally took a break, he was known to consume huge quantities of food.
One report recalls that at the Véry restaurant he consumed at one sitting "a hundred Ostend oysters, twelve cutlets of salt-meadow mutton, a duck with turnips, two partridges and a Normandy sole," not to mention the desserts, fruit and liqueurs he finished up with.
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