Escoffier.   Georges Auguste     - Signed by the Author. 1930.
A. ESCOFFIER L'Aide Memoire Culinaire
SUIVE D'UNE Etude sur les Vins Francais et Etrangers a l'usage des Cuisiniers, Maitres d'hotel et Garcons de Restaurant ERNEST FLAMMARION, EDITEUR 26, RUE RACINE, PARIS Droits de traductions et de reproduction reserve pour tous pays, y compris la Suede et la Norvege.
190x120mm. n/d but circa 1928. 1fep. Half title with an unusual dedication signed by Escoffier - "En Souvenir A Monsieur Charles Leydecker sincire sympathie E Escoffier Mars 1930" and also as expected, Escoffier's facsimile signature on the verso, headed Note de l'Auteur. Title page with verso Advertissement Important. (1)vi-viii Avant-Propos. (1)1-390. no fep. Soiled original orange-brown paper covers with text still clearly legible. Internally evenly age browned throughout. This looks like a chefs well used copy that has been kept intact in the original state. Because of the signature it is housed in a dark brown cloth clamshell box. Two black and gilt morocco labels on spine. The first 3 leaves and front cover has clear tissue repairs not affecting the text. A rare, complete and original signed copy of this least known of Escoffier's writings.
- The first edition was published - 1919. When one assembles the list of all of Escoffier's writings, a picture emerges of French Cuisine explained in its detailed entirety; from the classic to the new modern. Starting with his great 'Guide to Modern Cookery' to this abbreviated memory aid, then recipe books about Rice and Cod, a treatise on Wax flower modelling, also recipe booklets about his bottled sauces, and unusually recipes for stock cubes, not forgetting his many articles for contemporary culinary magazines. Taking into account all his mentoring and placement of over 2000 pupils and colleagues in good positions of employment all over the world, one wonders how he managed the hard working daily routine of a Chef de Cuisine of a very large kitchen brigade that started at 6am till late evening. But he did. His was a life of extraordinary endeavor and creativity that is well documented by many of his friends, former apprentices and admirers. Appreciation grows and grows.

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Escoffier.   Georges Auguste     - The first edition - 1903.
Le Guide Culinaire.
BIBLIOTHEQUE PROFESSIONNELLE Le Guide Culinaire AIDE-MEMOIRE DE CUISINE PRATIQUE Par A. ESCOFFIER AVEC LA COLLABOATION De MM. Phileas GILBERT - E. FETU A. Suzanne, B. Reboul, Ch, Dietrich, A. Caillat, ETC. Dessins de Victor Morin - Je place ce livre sous le ptronage psthume de Urbain Dubois et Emile Bernard, en teimoignage de mon admiration pour ceux qui, depuis Careme ont porte le plus haut la gloire de l'Art Culiniare. A.E. - (printers device of two olive branches) PARIS 1903 - Tous droits de traduction et de reproduction reserves pour tous les pays, y compris le Suede, la Norvege et le Danemark.
FIRST EDITION. 224x145mm. Front paste-down and end-paper with marbled paper. 2feps. Missing the half title with with advertisements on verso . Title page. Escoffier's facsimile signature on the verso. (1)V1-V11 Avant Propos. Verso with Abbreviations. (1)X Remarques. 1p Advertisement. Verso with Tables de Chapitres. (1)2-766. 1p Methode de Repartition. 768-769 Menus. 1p plus 1 Folding plate showing service times and tasks. 771-786 Menus. (1)788-790 Table. (1)+p792 Errata. 4p Advertisements. 2feps. Back end-paper and paste-down with marbled paper. All paper age browned and slightly brittle which is typical of this and other books of this time, due to poor paper being used. First 4 pages and last page are are preserved and protected by clear tissue and the folding plate has been backed by clear tissue one of the folds separated but held by the tissue. The last 2pages are a little more darkened than the rest. New modern bottle green morocco boards and brown morocco spine with raised bands and tooled gilt devices and writing between the compartments. First editions are very scarce.
- Escoffier's great classic. Incomparable in many ways, not least in the fact it laid out what is now the modern Kitchen brigade with its departments clearly delineated and all recipes recorded that are still widely used today as the basics in most big Kitchen brigades. A mark of its classic place in Gastronomic history is that the recipes are still the basis of most Culinary schools curriculum. The great man is being re-discovered in this day and age once again. A sign of his lasting impact and a true appreciation for the skills and basically true recipes he used and recorded, in a time when change has become almost the norm, and food fads abound.

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Escoffier.   Georges Auguste     - A signed copy.
A GUIDE TO MODERN COOKERY
BY A. ESCOFFIER OF THE CARLTON HOTEL WITH PORTRAIT NEW AND REVISED EDITION (with a printer's device and initials M.H.) LONDON WILLIAM HEINEMANN 1909
165x250mm. 1fep. Half title with signature in black ink - "A. Escoffier". Just above Ecoffier's signature are the name and address of a previous owner. Frontispiece of 'Escoffier' with tissue guard. Title Page. [1] (1)vi-x Preface. (1)xii Contents. (1)xiv-xvi Glossary. (1)1-848. [1p Index] [1] (1)852-891 Index. 1p Advertisements. 1fep. Original full green cloth binding with gilt writing and tooling on the spine and front cover. Quite clean with the spine slightly sun bleached. It has also been expertly re-laid and strengthened. Internally with very slight browning and foxing to the feps and back of Frontis. With the signature, a rare and handsome copy.
- This is the second English translation of the first French edition of 1903. The first English edition was published in 1907. At that time of publication, Escoffier was Maitre Chef de Cuisine of the Carlton Hotel, Pall Mall, London. His tenure there lasted 20 years, from 1899 - 1919.

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Escoffier.   Georges Auguste     - The Master's abbreviated reference work.
BIBLIOTHEQUE PROFESSIONNELLE L'Aide-Memoire Culinaire
SUIVE D'UNE Etude sur les Vins Francais et Etrangers a l'usage des Cuisiniers, Maitres d'hotel et Garcons de Restaurant PAR A. ESCOFFIER PARIS 1919 - Tous droits de traductions et de reproduction reserve pour tous pays.
FIRST EDITION. 175x115mm. Half-Title. Title page. V-VIII. 1-360. no feps. Original clean cardboard covers with an exact replication of the Title page. Spine sometime re-backed in sympathetic tan calf with gilt lettering running the length. A very nice copy mercifully free of the heavy browning that usually happens to paper of that period. Escoffier's facsimile signature on the verso of the half-title. A nice copy of a rare first edition.
- Escoffier's L'Aide Memoire is very similar to Louis Saulnier's 'Le Reportaire de la Cuisine' a standard work of reference used in the Catering Industry and Colleges. Where 'Le Repertoire' is the work of Escoffier's pupils, Escoffier's own work is the pocket memory aid to his great classic 'Guide to Modern Cookery'. Due to its abbreviated format of listing ingredients without quantities nor preparation notes, it is aimed at giving a quick reminder to the professional chef while actually working on the dish they are referencing. It also gives a great insight into Escoffier's genius for detailing the re-organising of the contemporary modern kitchen. The least known of Escoffier's published works. This is probably because 'Le Repertoire', first published in French in 1914, and subsequently published into English in 1924, was used extensively by all Catering college students while Escoffier's 'L'Aide Memoire' was never translated from French into another language.

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Escoffier.   Georges Auguste     - With two of Escoffier's original menus.
RITZ'S Carlton Restaurant.
ON BOARD THE S.S. "KAISERIN AUGUSTE VICTORIA" (HAMBURG AMERICAN LINE) Under the Management of THE CARLTON HOTEL, LONDON.
Large 4to. 3feps (with 2 menus tipped in to last fep) Title Page. 160 pages. All pages blank on the reverse of the text. Many photographs of the Ships different facilities, (including the Restaurant). 3 feps. Many pages strengthened on the the blank side due to brittleness. Internally very clean. The two menus tipped in before the title page are both dated 1908. The 'Kaiserin' one is a breakfast menu and the 'Amerika" one appears to be a Table d'Hote Lunch menu. Both are from Escoffier's time of tenure and responsibility for both of those ship's restaurants. Bound in modern half dark calf and bottle green cloth boards. The spine has blind tooling. The original cover from the Al'a Carte Restaurant pasted on the front cover. All pages very slightly age browned. Overall a very handsome and rare item.
- This book is a very sumptuous production and a joint venture between the 'Hamburg American Line' and 'The Carlton Hotel' advertising the 'S.S. Kaiserin Auguste Victoria's' conception, preparation and maiden voyage from Hamburg to New York on May 10th, 1906. The 705 foot, 24581 ton giantess, S.S. Kaiserin, was launched on August 20th 1905, and for the next year was outfitted with many new features. One that highlighted the new ship and caused a lot of excitement was the opening of an a'la Carte Restaurant, staffed and run by the famous Ceasar Ritz. The Restaurant also boasted its own dedicated Kitchen, staffed and run by the equally famous Auguste Escoffier. This was an important new facility built to a very fine specification and quality. Grill Rooms had featured on previous voyages and had been very popular. The opening of the new a la Carte Restaurant proved to be equally popular and became, against initial expectations, fully booked. This was undoubtably due to Escoffier's involvement and the unusual shipboard experience of being able to sample French cuisine of the highest standard . We are informed in the book that the Kitchens on the maiden voyage were not large enough to meet demand, and that they had to completely alter one of the decks to double the kitchen capacity. Escoffier and Ritz were also responsible for Restaurants on board other Hamburg America Line ships, one other being the "S.S. Amerika". Both of these ships were built side by side at the Harland Wolff shipyards in Belfast. 'Amerika' was launched on April 20th 1905, and the 'Kaiserin' one month later. This well produced book records an aspect of Escoffier's career that is the least documented. It is also very rare, especially with two of Escoffier's menus enclosed

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Escoffier.   Georges Auguste     - A fine copy of Escoffier's first book
Les Fleurs en Cire
A. ESCOFFIER LES FLEURS EN CIRE (An elaborate printers floral device) BIBLIOTHEQUE DE L'ART CULINAIRE 4 Place Saint-Michel, - PARIS MDCCCCX Nouvelle Edition
Fourth Edition, Paris, 1910. 188x141mm. 1fep. Half-Title. On verso Headpiece & printer's details for all editions. [1] Frontispiece. Title page on thick photographer's card and tissue guard. [1] (1)10-92. 3p Index. [1] 1fep. Original publisher's printed cover, in good condition. Internally very clean. Illustrations: Halftone frontispiece portrait of Escoffier and halftone illustrations titled "Fleurs de Magnolia en Cire" and 40 photo engraved illustrations in the text. A very nice untrimmed copy with many uncut pages. A very scarce and sought after book.
- This slim volume was originally published under the title 'Traite sur l'Art de Travailler les Fleurs en Cire' Paris, 1884. During this period Escoffier married Delphine Daffis, the daughter of a publisher. Writing poetry herself, she contributed to this publication. Escoffier was a major writer of culinary classics and is still consulted as an authority. Besides 'Les Fleurs en Cire', his other best known writings are --- 1903 - 'Le Guide Culinaire'; 1907 - 'A Guide to Modern Cookery', 1st english edition; 1910 - 'Les Fleurs en Cire', a new edition; 1911 - 'Le Carnet d'Epicure'; 1912 - 'Le Livre des Menus'; 1919 - 'L'Aide-Memoire Culiniare'; 1927 - 'Le Riz'; 1929 - 'La Morue'; 1934 - Ma Cuisine. This is a collectors item. Editions of this early work by Escoffier are very scarce and much sought after, especially in this fine original condition.

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Frewin.   Leslie [Editor]     - With a Cafe Royal Christmas menu.
The Cafe Royal Story
A Living Legend EDITED BY Leslie Frewin WITH A FOREWARD BY Graham Greene LONDON: HUTCHINSON BENHAM.
FIRST EDITION. 1963. Large 4to. Paste-down and end-paper with sepia photograph. [1] Half title. [2] Frontispiece copy of a Charles Ginner painting of the Cafe Royal. Title page in black with a large ornamental decoration in red. Verso with printers info. 1p Introduction. [1] 2p Contents. 9-10 Paste-down and end-paper with sepia photograph. With numerous photographs and illustrations in-text, some full page. Fully bound in cream cloth. Spine with red writing and boards with fine illustration in red and black. All in excellent condition; as new, protected by a plastic wrapper. Also enclosed is a Christmas Luncheon menu for December 11th 1964, for 'The Horticultural Press Club'. Cream coloured with black text, in fine condition.
- The Cafe Royal, established in 1865, boasted its famously opulent Grill Room, considered one of London's finest dining rooms; the great Empire and Napoleon suite, elegantly lit by chandeliers made of Venetian glass, was favoured by those looking for a memorable party venue. For more than a century after it was built on Regent Street by a Parisian wine merchant, the rich and famous would flock there to eat, drink, dance and be merry. The Grill Room was also once its most notorious. It was there that the Marquess of Queensberry spotted his son, Lord Alfred Douglas, lunching "in the most loathsome and disgusting relationship" with Oscar Wilde. He later wrote a furious letter to his son, threatening to shoot Wilde on sight, to which Bosie insouciantly telegrammed back: "What a funny little man you are." The Café Royal was a favourite haunt of Wilde, who had a famous absinthe hallucination there when he thought the waiter, who was stacking chairs, was in fact watering the floor, covered in tulips, with a watering can. Other famous Patrons included Rudyard Kipling, Noel Coward, Sir Winston Churchill, Cary Grant, Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor, Vitrginia Woolf, Mick Jagger, Princess Diana, Margaret Thatcher and Muhammad Ali. On 2oth January 2009, the curtains came down, literally, in the Café Royal. After 143 illustrious years, the fixtures, fittings and all the equipment of this venerable London institution was being put under the hammer of Bonhams the Auctioneers, after the Crown Estate decided to redevelop the site at that end of Regent Street. Had it spent its life almost anywhere else, the slightly battered silver serving trolley with the fickle steering would have barely raised an eyebrow in the dining room, let alone a flurry of paddles in an auction house. But this piece of functional furniture has had an extraordinary history. Amazingly, the electroplated trolley sold for £12,000 in the Everything-Must-Go sale. By the end of the two-hour auction, more than £200,000 had been raised. All 110 lots had been sold, some for as much as 10 times their asking price. An early 20th century Venetian chandelier adorned with 20 lights was the most expensive lot, going for £15,600, twice its guide price. Lot 93, a pair of late 19th century oak coopered barrels long drained of the alcohol they once contained, went for £8,400, almost five times their estimate. A number of pictures by artists so undistinguished their names weren't even listed in Bonhams' brochure sold for thousands of pounds – purely, it seemed, because they depicted scenes from the Cafe Royal, and had once hung in the venue's famously opulent chambers. One, a scene of the grill room filled with men in top hats and tails, sold for £4,800, despite Bonhams estimating its value at between £200 and £300. One buyer who bid purely for sentimental reasons was Susan Hughes, an antique dealer from Weybridge, who snapped up one of the auction's most curious lots. She ended up paying £4,200 for what the brochure, giving a guide price of £100-£200, described as "a 19th century electroplated duck press". It was in fact the press for ‘Canard a’la Presse’ – for more than a century the celebrated speciality of Paris’s grandest restaurant, La Tour d’Argent. This niche piece of equipment, which resembled a large grapefruit press, is used to squeeze out the juices of a freshly killed and roasted duck carcass, which in turn are used to thicken the duck jus. Hughes's father, Eric Hartwell (see image #3 below) was chief executive of the Forte catering and hotel empire, which bought the Cafe Royal 1954. "I spent much of my childhood playing in the Cafe Royal, and my father was very proud of the duck press," she said. As her husband loaded the contraption into the back of their car, he admitted that though the couple were delighted to own this piece of history, they wouldn't be using it. "We're both vegetarians," he said. So that is the final chapter that should be in the book. Overall it is a fascinating story of a grand eating establishment that was on a par with The Savoy, Claridges, The Ritz et al. One will never see the same again. This interesting volume is a meal, a fine wine and a waltz thro’ a different age with a hearty dose of gossip thrown in to round of a memorable time.

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Gouffe.   Jules     - With the original elaborate gilt binding.
THE ROYAL COOKERY BOOK
(LE LIVRE DE CUISINE) BY JULES GOUFFE CHEF DE CUISINE OF THE PARIS JOCKEY CLUB TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH AND ADAPTED FOR ENGLISH USE BY ALPHONSE GOUFFE HEAD PASTRY-COOK TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN COMPRISING DOMESTIC AND HIGH-CLASS COOKERY ILLUSTRATED WITH SIXTEEN LARGE PLATES PRINTED IN COLOUR, AND ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-ONE WOODCUTS FROM DRAWINGS FROM NATURE BY E. RONJAT. NEW EDITION LONDON SAMPSON LOW, SON, MARSTON, SEARLE, AND RIVINGTON CROWN BUILDINGS, 188 FLEET STREET 1883 (All rights reserved)
245x170mm. 1fep. Half title with advertisement on verso. [1] Coloured Frontispiece with tissue guard. Title page in red and black text (with illustration of a beef forerib). [1] 1+vi Translators preface. 1+viii-xii Preface. 1+xvi Contents. (1)xvi Illustrations. 1p List of coloured plates. [1] 1p Part the first. [1] (1)4-573. [1] (1)576-599 Index. [1] 1fep. With the full original navy blue cloth binding and the elaborate gilt tolling on the spine and front boards. The spine has been expertly re-laid and strengthened and the gilt tooling is slightly darkened. All edges gilt. The Title page has one small 1/4" spot of foxing not affecting text. Overall a very good copy.
- The pleasing way the book is set out, the very good professional recipes, the numerous woodcuts, the sixteen magnificent coloured chromo-lithographed plates and especially with the original binding, makes this one of the more attractive books published. It is also one of the best professional cookery books that highlights a raised level of craftsmanship.

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Hamp   Pierre     - He worked under Escoffier at the Savoy.
Kitchen Prelude
(Mes Metiers) by PIERRE HAMP Translated from the French by DOROTHY BOLTON (With a printers device) NEW YORK E.P. DUTTON & CO., INC.
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION 1933. 8vo. 193x140mm. 1fep. Half Title. [1] Title page. [1] 1-309. [1] 3feps. Original orange cloth binding with brown writing on the spine. The spine slightly sun bleached. Overall a very nice clean copy of a very scarce book. Not known if it should have a dj.
- Pierre Hamp has written a very interesting book of his life learning to be a Patissier and a main kitchen chef. He started his apprenticeship on Friday 13th November 1891 at M. Arthur Laborde's Patisserie at 13 Rue Demours in the Quartier des Ternes. At the bottom of the pecking order of thirteen apprentices and five cooks, he goes on describe a very hard life learning his trade. After his apprenticeship in Paris he moved to London and worked for some time under Escoffier at the Savoy. The blistering pace and hours as an apprentice gave him a highly critical professional sense that comes across in his writing. He also gives unique insights into the characters and personalities of a big Kitchen brigade that are not so different from those of today. Although Hamp is quite critical of him one gets a unique sense of the chefs as people Escoffier had under his charge. A good read!

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Herbage.   Peter F.    
A History of the Worshipful Company of Cooks.
THE COOKS and THE CITY OF LONDON A HISTORY of the WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF COOKS LONDON published for the QUINCENTENARY of the INCORPORATION OF THE COMPANY by PETER F. HERBAGE Master 1974/5 LONDON 1982
12mo. 1fep. Half title. On verso - frontispiece of past Masters. Title page. Verso with printer's info. 1p Dedication [1] 1p Acknowledgements. [1] 1p Contents. [1] 1p Preface. [1] 2p Author's Forward. [2] 1-237. [1] 239-242 Appendix A.B&C. 243-247 List of Masters. 248-255 Appendix D.E.F.G&H. 2p Engravings. 258-260 Index. 1fep. Original full red cloth binding with gilt text on spine and gilt armorial and text on front cover. As new.
- The earliest guilds in England were the ’Frith Gilds’[sic] of Saxon Times. They were not yet associations of craftsmen. Members accepted responsibility declaring “Lets share the same lot, if any misdo lets all bear it”, and they also took an oath of fidelity. They met once a month for a guild feast, their leader being known as an Alderman. We learn from this well informed text that in 1327 a King’s writ was issued to the Mayor and Alderman ordering them to “punish such bakers, cooks etc -----, as are found lax in their work and ministries -----“. One such case of a punishment made to fit the crime, was meted out to Richard Rouse, cook to the Bishop of Rochester. In 1530, he poisoned sixteen persons with broth intended for his Master, and was subsequently sentenced to be boiled to death. Besides the stern treatment of miscreant cooks, the book informs that the ‘The Worshipful Company of Cooks’ is the smallest of the Livery Companies of the City of London. The Company traces its origins back to the 12th Century, founded from two guilds of cooks in medieval London - the Cooks of EastCheap and the Cooks of Bread Street. The Company received its Royal Charter in 1482. As you would expect from a Company whose roots can be traced back to 1170, the Worshipful Company of Cooks has a rich and colourful history from the earliest records of Cooks in the Middle Ages and their control of the craft until the 19th Century to the Company’s current charitable works. The Company is no longer an association of tradesmen in its original sense of control; yet its membership today still includes craft tradesmen, as well as active engagement with a broad range of organisations associated with cooking. The Company's purpose in contemporary times can be summarised by three principal objectives: *1- To support the modern day craft of cooking including catering excellence through competition, scholarly and scientific culinary research, and the development of food policy; *2- To fund a range of charitable activities associated with the welfare and education of the catering trade, as well as the City of London *3- To pursue a fellowship of association that can mobilise the necessary resource, skill and wisdom to bring the other two about. The Cooks' Company ranks thirty-fifth in the order of precedence of Livery Companies. Its motto is ‘Vulnerati Non Victi’, Latin for ‘Wounded not Conquered’. This is a well researched history that brings the reader thro’ the ages of a London Livery Company and its total of nine charters granted by various Kings and Queens. A 1st edition of this book was compiled in 1932 with 207 pages. See item -ref: # 11222, on this site.

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