White Truffles in Winter: A Novel

White Truffles in Winter: A Novel A Breathtaking Novel, Rare And Moving, About The World S Greatest Chef And His Unruly Heart.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. This was a prettily written book with no discernable plot I couldn t really get a picture in my head of Escoffier, his wife Delphine, or Sarah Berhardt their images kept sliding away, possibly because the writing of the characters seemed to be about creating dramatic impact than developing character or consistancy There were all sorts of imagery that were beautiful description of an Impressionist exhibit , but I just couldn t believe anything happening in the book would really happen There was talk about Escoffier trying to feed starving Parisians horsemeat, but he would garnish the horse with truffle and foie gras What In fact, truffles and foie gras were everywhere, in almost every meal Now, I like both these things, but even I, a devout foodie, got tired of reading about them with every meal If I had believed in the accuracy of the book, I would have been interested in reading about the meals, but I couldn t believe that I was reading anything other than the fancy of the author I do like some reliable historical accuracy in my historical fiction, and I couldn t trust that I was getting it here.So, imagery was indulged, I fear, at the expense of any realism Maybe I m w
Such an imaginative book based on facts I thoroughly enjoyed the story and all the rich, vivid details of place and food Escoffier is an important historical figure The main points are facts where he lived and worked, his wife, his mistress, and The author deftly filled in what his life could have been based on known facts she researched It s a fascinating story about an unusual man For those with culinary interests, there are intriguing food tidbits, but the story can be enjoyed by anyone Culinary students learn about Escoffier s important contributions to the way we eat today but may know little about his personal life and what kind of person he was Escoffier s housekeeper in late life and many famous people of the time are prominent in the book Culinary folk will recognize the name of Brillat Savarin, another brilliant chef Both of them used truffles, caviar, and fois gras liberally in their creations, as well as wines the wines sometimes used to drug crayfish and lobsters before cooking Many such charming det
The descriptions of food in this book were lyrical and vivid Eventually, it took away from the story and just became unnecessary fluff The timeline was poorly described and confusing at times, which just made me lose interest in the characters. When we cook we know perfection we can touch it we can create it We are like gods I enjoyed Kelby s sumptuous fictional biography of French chef Auguste Escoffier, the founder of the dining rooms at the Savoy and the Ritz Carlton and developer of menus for, among other famous ventures, the Titanic.As the novel opens he and his wife, poet Delphine Daffis, are in their eighties, living out their penurious senescence in Monte Carlo, Monaco, with a rotating cast of children and grandchildren and a cook of dubious skill, the feisty red headed Sabine, who bears a curious similarity to Sarah Bernhardt, Escoffier s long time lover Escoffier has created so many named dishes over the years acts of homage to Sarah and to other celebrated individuals and now it is Delphine s last wish to have Escoffier create a last dish in her honor, before it is too late Words are clumsy and limited by nature, Escoffier said Only food can speak what the heart feels The narrative flashes back to highlights from Escoffier s cooking career in London and Paris, through third person sections as well as through first person chapters of memoirs wi
First of all, isn t this a lovely cover, sensuously hinting at all of the good food writing contained therein I do believe that it is the cover the first drew me to this book back when my Norton sales rep, David, was in town He left me a copy of the ARC months ago but I m just now getting around to reading it Like that sweatshirt that my mom got me says, it s always a case of So many books, so little time This is the story of the great French chef, Escoffier, and his life and loves, told in a variety of ways from the present, in which his wife Delphine, is dying but longing for him to create a dish in her honor from chapters of the memoir which the present Escoffier is currently writing and from the past, in which we get third person accounts of Escoffier s feats, ranging from wartime survival to loving Sarah Bernhardt, to running the kitchen at the famed Savoy in London This hodgepodge of narratives robs the book of any real coherence Early on, at least, the chapters alternate on a regular basis but in the latter half of the novel it switches a little willy nilly and the novel suf
A truly amazing book excellently researched and written It s the story about the great French master chef Auguste Escoffier and his rise to fame in France and around the world It s also a tender love story Escoffier s love of his wife and also his powerful love for the great actress of the time Sarah Bernhardt This novel takes place from around the late 1800 s to Escoffier s death in 1920 The book is rich with powerful figures of the time from well known world leaders to politicians and artists The book is something else as well a great and wonderful treasure trove of food and r
The story of chef, Auguste Escoffier, and the two women he loved, his poetess wife, Delphine Daffis, and the actress, Sarah Bernhard This is a book that foodies would enjoy as it contains some of Escoffier s recipes, plus qu
This book was delicious I can t believe it was recommended by my friend, the vegetarian but it was very open minded of her to suffer through all the descriptions of foie gras and the drowning of langostinos in champagne as a part of the preparation, not to mention the rich aristocrats in Paris eating the zoo animals during the Siege of Paris by the Prussian army The story is basically the life of the famous chef Escoffier, whom the book credits for inventing the new French cuisine which relied basically on the reduction of natural flavors to pair with dishes instead of the unnatural concoctions which preceded him He is also credited with serving dishes in courses and hot out of the kitchen Previous banquets had consisted of food prepared days in advance to make a giant display of wealth and bounty rat
A charming, witty, and sometimes heartbreaking story about love, loss, endurance, and most importantly food I found this book thoroughly enjoyable to read I have always found the culinary arts to be interesting, and think it can be fascinating the way in which throughout time food has been used within literature One of the things which I really enjoyed about this book is the way in which throughout from beginning to end food is used to convey a story, to inspire emotions and evoke all of the senses I found The Complete Escoffier A Memoir in Meals particularly charming The books tells of the story of famous chef Escoffier and his great passion for both food and women, as he struggles between the two women whom hold his heart His lover time lover, the notorious and outrageous actress Sara Bernhardt and his wife who he carried a deep and complex love for the poet Delphine As proof of his lover to her Delphine requests the one thing which Escoffier cannot give because of the very nature of his love for his wife Delphine wants to be immortalized through food, and requests him to make a dish in her name Throughout his career he has made dishes for countless famous personalities and countless dishes for his Sara, but whenever his wife asks he refuses She believing it a sign that he has forgotten his love for her, but he finds it impossibl
Escoffier world famous chef won his wife Delphine in a billiard game In spite of this unpromising but romantic start to their married life they do stay married and died within a fortnight of each other But in between they spent many years apart with Escoffier working at the Savoy in London and Delphine remaining in France to bring up their children The book starts with Delphine seriously ill and wanting Escoffier to create a dish in her honour Throughout his life he has created many dishes in honour of many beautiful and famous men and women but he has never created one names after his wife.The story of Escoffier s life is told in flashbacks His relationship with the legendary Sarah Bernhardt dominated his life and Sabine, his current assistant, bears a resemblance to Sarah I did enjoy this book though I found the chronology difficult to follow at times The descriptions of famous meals are fascinating reading I thought the characters were well drawn and I had a huge amount of sympathy for Delphine and for Sabine.What comes over very well is Escoffier s love affair with food Every dish had to be perfect but many used simple fresh ingredients and relied on quality for the flavour I found the relationship between Escoffier and Delphine convincing and it was clear they meant a lot to each other in spite of the huge amount of time they spent apart This is a book to sink into and savour and the momentous events of the fi

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  • Paperback
  • 314 pages
  • White Truffles in Winter: A Novel
  • N.M. Kelby
  • English
  • 22 July 2018
  • 9781846882074