Synopses & Reviews
In 1837, when Alexis Soyer was just twenty-five years old, he became head chef at the exclusive Reform Club in London on the condition that he be allowed to participate in the design of the kitchen. The result was a showplace filled with Soyer's clever inventions, such as the drainer and the multi-egg poacher, and it became the most talked about kitchen in all of Europe. Soyer quickly established himself as a star, but for all his flamboyance he was practical and large-hearted, cooking for the starving populace as well as the aristocracy, opening soup kitchens during the Irish potato famine, and teaching the army how to feed itself in the Crimean War.
Filled with biographical detail and lively illustrations, The Adventurous Chef tells the story of a remarkable man who was determined to revolutionize the culinary world and who remains one of the greatest cooks of the nineteenth century.
"Brings to life the history of this chef who cooked with great talent and compassion." --Alice Waters, Chez Panisse
The true story of Chef Alexis Soyer, who in 1837 at the age of 25 became head chef at the exclusive Reform Club in London. Soyer also established himself as a compassionate man, cooking for the starving populace, establishing soup kitchens during the Irish potato famine, and teaching the army to feed itself during the Crimean War. Full-color illustrations.
About the Author
Ann Arnold has illustrated several books for children. She lives in Berkeley, California.