Author: Alexis Soyer
Publisher: London, W. Kent & Co., 1859
First edition. Edited by Soyer’s former secretaries just after his death. The story of his life and work including recipes for a vegetable diet, hints, other unpublished recipes etc.
Pp. xvi, 303, publisher’s ads on endpapers. 8vo, original pictorial boards rebacked in sympathetic green cloth, boards a little rubbed, ink name on title-page, but generally a strong, handsome copy.
A really good gossipy memoir of the first ‘celebrity chef’ Alexis Soyer (1810-1858). He was a flamboyant character and famous chef of the Reform Club where he completely modernised the kitchens. He prepared spectacular culinary extravaganzas there during the Great Exhibition but also organised soup kitchens during the Great Famine in Ireland and volunteered in the Crimea to improve catering for the men. On top of all of this he invented several kitchen gadgets and wrote best selling cookery books