The sensuality of food and love is explored in this novel about the legendary French chef Auguste Escofiier, who was torn between his poet wife, Delphine Daffis, and the reckless actress Sarah Bernhardt. - (Baker & Taylor)
A reimagining of the world of the remarkable French chef Auguste Escoffier. A man of contradictions, food-obsessed yet rarely hungry, Escoffier was also torn between two women: the famous, beautiful, and reckless actress Sarah Bernhardt and his wife, theindependent and sublime poet Delphine Daffis, who refused ever to leave Monte Carlo. A novel of the sensuality of food and love amid a world on the verge of war. - (Baker & Taylor)
The sensuality of food and love is explored in this novel about the legendary French chef Auguste Escofiier, who was torn between his poet wife, Delphine Daffis and the reckless actress Sarah Bernhardt. 20,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)
A breathtaking novel, rare and moving, about the world's greatest chef and his unruly heart. - (Norton Pub)
White Truffles in Winter imagines the world of the remarkable French chef Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935), who changed how we eat through his legendary restaurants at the Savoy and the Ritz. A man of contradictions—kind yet imperious, food-obsessed yet rarely hungry—Escoffier was also torn between two women: the famous, beautiful, and reckless actress Sarah Bernhardt and his wife, the independent and sublime poet Delphine Daffis, who refused ever to leave Monte Carlo. In the last year of Escoffier's life, in the middle of writing his memoirs, he has returned to Delphine, who requests a dish in her name as he has honored Bernhardt, Queen Victoria, and many others. How does one define the complexity of love on a single plate? N. M. Kelby brings us the sensuality of food and love amid a world on the verge of war in this work that shimmers with beauty and longing. - (Norton Pub)
Auguste Escoffier revolutionized French cooking and set new standards for restaurants at the outset of the twentieth century. His achievement continues to define classic French cooking. In this novel, Kelby re-creates Escoffier's world of haute cuisine and grand cru wines. Focusing on Escoffier's arranged marriage to poet Delphine Daffis, Kelby tells a story of the chef's long-term relationship with actress Sarah Bernhardt, for whom he created some of his best-known dishes. Hoping to reattract her husband's wandering eye (and palate), Delphine hires a young woman to cook in their Monte Carlo villa. Despite all her fears, Delphine discovers that despite both their dotages, Escoffier's genuine love and affection for her has survived all the stresses of his international career. Kelby succeeds in her descriptions of food and wine, and she splendidly evokes the visual delights of Escoffier's celebrated dinner done all in shades of pink. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews
French chef Auguste Escoffier loved food and two famous women: his wife, stubbornly independent poet Delphine Daffis, and Sarah Bernhardt. Here, Escoffier returns to Delphine, who wants him to create a signature dish for her, as he has done for Bernhardt and other notable women. The challenge for Escoffier: find the flavors that capture his love for Delphine. The challenge for Kelby: find the language to capture the delicacy of Escoffier's efforts. From the author of In the Company of Angels; definitely take a chance.
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Library Journal Reviews
In this imagined life story, Kelby (Whale Season) delves into the fascinating career and personal relationships of Georges Auguste Escoffier, the French chef who revolutionized the world of culinary arts. Kelby's layers of detailed description allow the reader to experience the richness of Escoffier's world in terms of both food and love. His passion for great food is matched by the fervor of his relationships with the women in his life. The novel proceeds at a leisurely pace, shifting between Escoffier's final days and the lustrous excitement of his early career. Throughout, Escoffier mixes and mingles with the stars of politics, theater, and high society, a beloved figure whose passion, creativity, and intuitive understanding of food transform the culinary world. How does a former army cook become the most sought-after chef in Europe? The answer may lie in the words Kelby fashions for his character, "A chef without mystery is merely a cook." VERDICT Through rich description based on careful research, Kelby offers intriguing possibilities regarding the life of the great Escoffier and gives us a novel well worth reading. [See Prepub Alert 5/2/11.]—Catherine Tingelstad, Pitt Community Coll., Greenville, NC
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