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The People's Chef : Alexis Soyer, A Life in Seven Courses - Ruth Brandon

The People's Chef

Alexis Soyer, A Life in Seven Courses

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During the first half of the nineteenth century, Alexis Soyer, a Frenchman from Meaux, was the most famous cook in London. A combination of chance, talent and social conscience took him into many of the great events of his time. Born in 1810, he cooked his was through the Paris July Days in 1830; he oversaw the building of London's most modern kitchen at the Reform Club, where he ran the kitchen from 1837--1850; he designed a model soup--kitchen which he took to Ireland, at the Lord Lieutenant's request, during the 1847 famine; he opened London's first Parisian--type restaurant in conjunction with the Great Exhibition in 1851; and in 1855, he went to the Crimea to take over the running of the kitchens in Florence Nightingale's hospital at Scutari. When he died in 1858, Soyer was helping Miss Nightingale reform British army catering.

?? a fascinating biography and social history.? (Olive, May 2004)

?Brandon?s colourful details will give the book lively appeal to a wide range of social historians? (Times Literary Supplement, 24th September 2004)

??exhilaratingly illuminating?a wonderful book?? (The Victorian, November 04) 

List of Illustrations.


The Menu.

1: The Soup.

2: The Fish.

3: The Hors d?Oeuvres.

4: Releve: Mutton Cutlets Reform.

5: Entree Chaude: Famine Soup.

6: Roast: Quail à la Symposium.

7: Entremets: Turkish Delights.

8: Coffee.

Soyer Bibliography.


ISBN: 9780470869925
ISBN-10: 0470869925
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 25th February 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.94 x 15.34  x 2.83
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1