White Truffles in Winter

White Truffles in Winter

Large Print - 2011
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French chef August Escoffier changed the way we eat, but was a man of contradictions: kind, yet imperious; food-obsessed yet rarely hungry. He was also torn between two women: the famous and reckless actress Sarah Berhnardt and hiw wife, the independent and sublime poet Delphine Daffis who refused to ever leave Monte Carlo. In the last year of Escoffier's life, he has returned to Delphine, who requests a dish in her name as he has honored Bernhardt, Queen Victoria, and others. How does one define the complexity of love on a single plate?
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2011.
Edition: Center Point large print ed.
ISBN: 9781611732436
1611732433
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT FICTION Kelby N.M. 12/2011
Characteristics: 446 p. (large print) ;,22 cm.

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EmilyEm
Dec 09, 2011

Although fiction, local writer Kelby's book, evokes a time, place and quality of life in the extravagant Belle Epoch, then onward to the years before WWII, through the eyes of renowned chef Escoffier and his circle of family and friends. Her imagining of the characters, their passions, fears, dreams and dreams denied is wonderful. And the food, it's foodie heaven, although maybe better to read about than eat the rich offerings described.

My fault with the book is that the principal characters, Escoffier, his wife and his longtime love actress Sarah Bernhardt inspired little sympathy. On the other hand, the family's cook Sabine just lights up the entire book whenever she enters the scene!

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